Upper River Rafting

Our most popular trip! It's 1.5 miles longer than any other trip on the Pigeon River!

The longest trip on the Pigeon River – 1.5 miles longer than any other rafting adventure! Take an exciting 6.5 mile ride down class 3 and 4 rapids!

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Fall Trips (Sept 3-Oct 19)

Our Spring and Fall Trips are some of the best! Since water levels are less predictable this time of year, you may experience level III – IV rapids on your trip or you may experience a leisure trip down the river. The number of people per raft and trip length will vary depending on water level.


On our Upper River Trip, our certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, sharing their love of splashing through big waves, maneuvering around rocks, and enjoying the beauty of being in the great outdoors. Big waves, big drops and plenty of surfing will assure that you have the time of your life.

On your trip, you’ll get to run about 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4. But, never fear, the Big Pigeon River is for the inexperienced and experienced paddlers. Don’t worry Mom, we’re gonna take good care of you and the kids.

Please note that any fall trips on the Upper River are not guaranteed to have a full water release on the river. These trips may be Natural Flow trips.

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Who can go on this trip?

All rafters must be at least 8 years of age or weigh at least 70 pounds.

How long will I spend on the river?

You’ll spend 1.5-2 hours on the river (approximately).

Do I have to make a reservation?

Reservations are strongly recommended!

More Things You Should Know

Trip Format

  • Arrive at outpost 45 minutes prior to trip time
  • Gear up and safety talk at the outpost
  • 10-minute bus ride to the start point
  • Up to 7 people + the guide per raft
  • Raft down the Upper Pigeon (1.5-2 hours on the river)
  • Trip ends back at the outpost

Trip Times/Water Releases

  • April – May: Non-guaranteed water releases. Water levels vary. Trip times and dates vary.
  • May – September: Guaranteed water releases Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Holiday Sundays.
  • September – October: Natural flow trips. Trips vary based on water levels.

Any day on the river is a good day! That said, natural conditions may affect recreational water levels. On certain days, river levels may be subject to natural flow rather than dam release. This affects all operators on the Pigeon River. On these days, customers per raft and other adjustments may be made to provide the best overall experience.

What to Bring

Summer: Swimsuits and shorts work best. Secure shoes with a heel strap are required (tennis shoes, water shoes, sports sandals with a heel strap). Bare feet and flip-flops are not allowed. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes and a towel.

Cancellation Policies

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