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!
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.
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...Read More
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...Read More
Our mission is to provide whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures to anyone and everyone, no experience necessary!
Swiftwater seeks to promote responsible outdoor recreation. Our goal is to consistently provide participants with a safe, fun, and exciting adventure. From families to couples, schools to youth groups, and corporate team building, Swiftwater’s team of professional and experienced guides gives you the knowledge and direction to have a memorable trip.
Great experience , we had good weather and the guides were great and very informative Well organized and up-to-date on Covid precautions.
Very professional!!! A Lot of fun!! Highly recommended. Guides made sure it was fun and that you were having a good 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!
It was an amazing experience. The staff was very professional yet extremely welcoming. Will go again.
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!!
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.
The whole set up was perfect for a fun family adventure of all skill levels. The tour guides were fantastic!
I went there yesterday for my birthday and it was AMAZING!! Will definitely go back! Caleb was awesome.
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.
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!
Surfing and the Electric Ledge. Patrick was our guide, he was awesome. Great photos! We will go again.
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!!!!
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!
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!