Are you tired of being cooped up inside? Well there's an adventure waiting for you on the St. Louis River that's sure to get your adrenaline flowing. In this weeks Get Outdoors, Meteorologist Adam Lorch and the KBJR News Today team hit some high class rapids.
When it comes to summertime adventures on the St. Louis River, Swiftwater Adventures is the best way to get that adrenaline dump.
Cliff Langley, Owner/Operator of Swiftwater Adventures, said, "This is our seventh year, its formed by a bunch of guides who have been guarding here in a bunch of other places with over 50 years of cumulative experience."
This whitewater rafting company has been doing trips for a few weeks now. Obviously this year has presented some challenges, but Owner Cliff Langley paddles ahead.
"First off we are doing smaller and more frequent trips. Instead of doing two large trips in a day we’re doing four to six smaller trips per day." said Langley.
They also offer their guest their own private changing rooms, water, and any and all gear is disinfected well before next use. But they've even had to change the way they shuttle people to entry and exit points.
Langley explained, "Everyone has their separate shuttles although we have created what we call the pandemic bus where we’ve actually created separate chambers that are air-tight so people aren't circulating each others air."
On today's adventure, I have the whole morning team joining me! Morning anchors Ryan Haff and CeCe Gaines, along with our morning director, Sarah.
I'm excited because we are doing a section of the river I've never gone down before. It cuts right through Jay Cooke State Park.
"The lower section is unique in that we don’t run that when the upper section is high because it’s just too dangerous to go through the canyon when it’s high water. So right now we’re kind of in between rains, we’re at low enough flows where we can go through the canyon and check out some Rapids. It’s more technical in there and drops instead of big waves." said Langley.
We had a blast hitting some waves and working as a team.
Langley says his clients have responded well to the new way of doing things and hopes for a busy summer.
Langley said, "We got a lot of people coming up here to go rafting from both Duluth and the Twin Cities and they've liked our creativity as far as keeping things safe with private and family style trips. Actually I think it’s upgraded our quality."
Langley says that the smaller groups gives his clients a more personalized trip as well.