In response to  COVID-19 we are making changes for the 2020 season to give everyone a more safe, personal, and fun experience. Providing people with an adventure that is interactive, safe and fun has always been our goal, we will just adapt differently to meet those goals going forward.

In addition to sanitization of all gear, shuttle buses, and facilities between trips, we will be offering more trip times focused on smaller group sizes to provide your group or family a unique and private experience. We will of course still service large groups dependent on any social distancing mandates applicable to the date of your trip. We plan to operate in 2020 while respecting the coronavirus-related guidelines and restrictions put in place by local, regional and state public health officials.

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Our mission is to provide whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures to anyone and everyone, no experience necessary!

Swiftwater seeks to promote responsible outdoor recreation, provide participants with a safe, fun, and exciting adventure, and to provide experiential, environmental, and adventure education trips to colleges, secondary schools, youth groups, and citizen science organizations.

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Adventure for everyone.
No experience necessary.

We offer guided whitewater rafting adventures spring, summer, and fall. We are a guide owned and operated whitewater rafting company. Our whitewater rafting trips provide a unique and exciting experience with your fun and safety as our number one concern. Our trip leaders have over 50 years of experience guiding whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on the St. Louis River near Duluth, Minnesota and beyond! Our trip leaders are also trained and certified as wilderness first responders/first aid, swiftwater rescue, and BLS/CPR.

Our trips are guided by professional in raft guides and are led by trip leaders in safety kayaks. This makes your trip more fun and safe with experienced and trained guides both in the raft and on the river.

Special skills are not required for any of our trips, other than being physically able to paddle. You don’t even need prior experience! All of our rafting trips have professional, in-raft guides steering the rafts, as well as a safety kayaker. All of which is included in the price.

Our fully guided experience includes a photographer who specializes in capturing the thrill and excitement of your trip so that you’ll always picture whitewater when you think of us here in Duluth. Our photographer scouts out the best angles to shoot from depending on the water levels and time of day to ensure that the best action of the day is captured, and that you look good while doing it!

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Recent Blog

27, Feb

Educational Adventure Trips with Swiftwater Adventures

It might sound like a tired cliché, but seriously, learning can be fun! Our January blog discussed that our  Eco-Adventure trips are educational adventure trips, primarily whitewater rafting, that utilize an experiential approach as students are immersed in a wilderness environment. In this follow up blog we want to talk more about how an eco...

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16, Jan

Ecoadventure—Adventure and Environmental Education: Whitewater Rafting Trips near Duluth, MN

While we were whitewater rafting near Duluth, Minnesota on the St. Louis River, a large dragonfly landed on the side of the raft. A young woman sitting in the middle of the raft amongst her family raised her hand intent on squashing the insect. “Wait! They eat mosquitoes, deer flies and horse flies!” I said. “What? Really?” she asked l...

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