Published: Jun 13, 2019

Swiftwater Adventures: What’s New for 2019!

For those that have whitewater rafted with us before on the St. Louis River, and those new to whitewater rafting in Minnesota, we have some changes for the 2019 season! 

New Swiftwater Headquarters and Facilities

We have now fully converted our office at 121 Vermilion St. in Carlton, MN into our meeting spot and facility headquarters. People coming rafting with us meet at this location to get outfitted for their trip. We have a full service restroom with plumbing as well as a portapotty tucked away. We new men and women’s changing rooms, and plenty of parking for large trips.

Rafters, once outfitted, load on our bus to our new put in land on the St. Louis River just north of I-35 then raft back to their vehicles. At the end of the trip this allows groups to paddle as quickly as they like or take their time paddling across the reservoir. So no one has to wait for us to load up rafts and the bus. This also staggers people so there aren’t long lines for the restroom or changing rooms. And after your trip enjoy food or drink from the Magnolia Café food cart or local Carlton restauraunts!

Local Food and Drink Deals

Come get fueled up before or after you go mountain biking, or hiking, or whitewater rafting, or whatever floats your boat, or stop by downtown after your adventures for dinner or a cold adult beverage. Swiftwater Adventures has food and drink specials with several of the following Carlton businesses:

Magnolia Café Offers up great coffee and treats as well as excellent sandwiches, soups, tacos, burritos, and craft beers. Enjoy inside their quaint café or outdoor seating. You can also use their online order system to order food ahead of time. Most days of the week, especially weekends Magnolia Café runs a food cart at Swiftwater Adventures for rafters and passers by.

The Third Base bar has a fun atmosphere, good food and great drink specials, bands, and even a Sunday Funday during the summer with live music from 4 to 8 pm. They also offer party bus services on busy weekends to and from the River Inn Bar and Grill in Scanlon, just up the road.

Across the way the, Street Car Kitchen and Pub offers great food and a large variety of craft brews. The walleye wild rice burger is my favorite along with a side of sweet potato fries! Oh, and did I mention a large selection of craft brews!

New Inflatable Kayak Whitewater Adventure

This is a new trip we added for those that have whitewater rafted with us and are looking for even more adventure. This trip is a great way to feel out if whitewater kayaking is for you!

This whitewater and wilderness kayak tour is for the adventurous paddler! This inflatable kayak experience is customized to you and your paddling partner. Depending on water levels and your objectives we run either the Upper or Lower St. Louis River on inflatable whitewater kayaks letting you control your craft! Paddle through rapids, surf waves, side hikes and incredible scenery!

This 2 ½ to 3 hour trip requires participants to be able to paddle for a couple of hours, carry a kayak, hike across rugged terrain and more! With a professional kayak guide leading you, this trip provides one on one instruction and guidance. Learn about the natural history of the area as you immerse yourself in this whitewater and nature adventure!

$100/person. Includes professional guide service, all necessary equipment and shuttle service to and from the river. Bring snacks and a water bottle.


Ready for a Fun 2019 on the River!

With these new changes, we are as determined as ever to give our clients an interactive whitewater and wilderness experience. Call or book online to experience your whitewater rafting adventure with Swiftwater today!

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