Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater kayaking is an excellent way to challenge yourself, get fit, and see beautiful places accessible only by kayak. With whitewater kayaking you can take things as far as you want to go or as relaxed as you like. Whether you want to learn to kayak off of waterfalls and run class IV whitewater or if you want to be proficient enough to run class II and III rapids, we can get you on the right track.

We offer lessons and trips.

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    Introduction to Whitewater Kayaking: Lessons & River Trips


    Thinking whitewater kayaking might be for you? This two to three hour sampler gives participants a ’hands on’ introduction into whitewater kayaking.

    Learn basic strokes and paddling technique, and how to wet exit. Participants can also attempt an Eskimo roll after instruction. Participants will have a chance to learn about the ratings of rapids, reading whitewater, and the option to paddle a couple of class I-II rapids.

    Intro to WW Kayaking 2022 dates and time or by special appointment:

    Saturday, July 9th 9:30am to 1pm. Saturday, July 23rd 9:30am to 1pm. Saturday, August 6th 9:30am to 1pm. Weekdays and evenings are available by special appointment only and may require a minimum of two participants.

    $200/person for a 2 1/2 to 3 hour experience. 

    Prices include professional guide service, knowledge of the natural history of the region, use of equipment, and shuttle if necessary.

    Meet at Swiftwater Adventures 121 Vermilion St. Carlton, MN 55718

    Learn, explore, and run rapids!

    *Please arrive at your trip time, no need to be early, just on time.

    What Our Clients Say!

    Very enjoyable experience

    Great experience , we had good weather and the guides were great and very informative Well organized and up-to-date on Covid precautions.

    It was a blast can’t wait yo go back!!!

    Very professional!!! A Lot of fun!! Highly recommended. Guides made sure it was fun and that you were having a good time!!

    Great time!

    It was great! My family of four (youngest 11 years old) had no experience with whitewater rafting and felt safe and had a ton of fun throughout the whole trip. We would definitely recommend it!

    Great fun rafting!

    It was an amazing experience. The staff was very professional yet extremely welcoming. Will go again.

    Awesome experience!

    Awesome trip! We had a great time! The staff was amazing and we got to surf the rapids. The drop was super fun! Would totally do it again!!

    Great family day trip!

    This was a great family adventure, ages 14-50s. We all loved it! Our guides were skilled, friendly, and fun! Keep us all safe and helped us have an awesome day on the river. Highly recommend it.

    Fun Family Adventure!

    The whole set up was perfect for a fun family adventure of all skill levels. The tour guides were fantastic!

    Great experience

    I went there yesterday for my birthday and it was AMAZING!! Will definitely go back! Caleb was awesome.

    Day on the river

    Whitewater rafting with Swiftwater Adventures was the highlight of our trip. Highly recommended. Everyone that works there from the bus driver to the very competent guides were pleasant and fun. Our family loved it.

    Do it!!!

    I have lived in Duluth 20 years, and cannot believe I haven't tried this until this year! It was a blast, and a very memorable highlight of the summer. The water level was high, making for a very wet ride. I wish I had worn a bathing suit for the experience we had. There was an adventure swim and the option to jump from a granite cliff, during a picturesque stop. The scenery is like the BWCA, with the cliff and pines. The staff were very organized, capable, and friendly. Two staff accompanied our group of rafts for safety and photos. I cannot wait to do this again, and I have been raving about the experience to my friends.


    Did not expect to have this much fun on our rafting trip. The rapids are much more than we expected which was awesome. We were worried it might be lame but it exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Trent, was so much fun.


    It was an excellent experience that is exciting for everyone of all ages. The rapids are perfect, not too intimidating, yet incredibly thrilling. Great guides, definitely coming back!

    Rafting on the St Louis River, MN

    Surfing and the Electric Ledge. Patrick was our guide, he was awesome. Great photos! We will go again.

    Awesome Ride for all ages

    This was an awesome Ride! We went along with friends and family and really enjoyed it. It's not scary or risky, it's kids friendly. Our kids jumped into the water and swimmed also. The guides who came with our group are very friendly and gave us safe instructions and took care of us. Kory and Luke, Andy good Pictures! Carlson nice support! Thank you for this awesome experience!


    We had a fantastic time and loved our guides. Lucas, Andy and Karsten were the best!! It was our first time and wasn’t nearly as scary as I worried it would be... in large thanks to Lucas! Thanks guys!!!!

    Amazing rafting experience on the St. Louis River!

    My son and I had a fantastic time! Our guide was amazing and informative! Plus, he kept me from getting sucked into the water when "surfing" our raft, which was an added bonus! Thanks for that Carston! The view was amazing along the St. Louis river too. Would love to kayak the Thomson Reservoir someday after this trip opened my eyes to it. Everything was done professionally following COVID guidelines too. We had so much fun and would highly recommend company and the adventure itself to anyone visiting Duluth! You won't regret it!

    Great Family Experience

    Our family of five had a great trip. 17 yr old, 14 and 10. We had never whitewater rafted before. We felt safe and our guide was great. The precautions taken for covid were fantastic. Thank you very much!