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Upper River Rafting

Our Most Popular Trip!

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!

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.

How long will I spend on the river? Approx. 1.5 – 2 hours. Please note: Trip time may vary with water levels and natural conditions.
Who can go on this trip? All rafters must be at least 8 years of age or weigh at least 70 pounds.
Do I have to make a reservation? Strongly recommended!

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Please note that scheduled whitewater-level releases begin Memorial Day weekend and end Labor Day weekend.  Before and after this period, water levels are dependent on natural conditions, are variable, and unpredictable.

Upper River Rafting

– 6.5 mile raft trip down class 3 and 4 rapids
– Certified guide for your entire trip
– Big waves, big drops and plenty of surfing
– Up to 7 people + the guide per raft  *varies according to water level
– Trips go rain or shine!
-Must be 8 years of age or weigh at least 70 pounds

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What’s included in the Upper River Rafting trip?

Here are some of the things you can expect to experience when you go on one of our Upper River Rafting trips:

Trip Format

Rafters are asked to arrive at the outpost 45 minutes prior to their scheduled trip time. You’ll gear up and take a 10-minute bus ride to the put-in that includes a short safety talk, and get ready for your adventure! This is the longest trip on the Pigeon River! You’ll have an exciting 6.5-mile ride down about 70 rapids ranging from class 1 to class 4. After about 1.5-2 hours on the river, your trip will end back at the outpost.

Professional Guide

We have a professional guide accompany you on your trip so the only thing you have to focus on is having fun! The guide is there to help keep you safe and guarantee you have a great time. Our guides will share information about the area, tell jokes, and calm any nerves you have about rafting. Each of our guides has completed a training program that includes at least 15–20 trips down the river, and is First-Aid Certified.

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