Rafting in Wisconsin and Michigan
Menominee River Whitewater Rafting
$45 weekday/$49 weekend
$41 weekday / $45 weekend
Dates: April 1st – October 15th
Minimum Age: 7 years old (12 years old to paddle class IV section)
Trip Times: 9:15 am and 2:15 pm
Things to Bring: Closed toe water shoes (no flip flops), swimsuit, sunscreen,
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Menominee River Outpost
N22200 Bomber Road
Niagara, WI 54151
The world class Menominee River provides the whitewater enthusiast with some of the largest volume rapids in the Midwest, with characteristics similar to those found on the Colorado River. Late in the summer, when other rivers are low, the dam released Menominee River will continue to produce large whitewater and incredible rafting experiences. Due to the size of these class IV rapids, we run our big water, 8-10 person rafts, with a guide in every boat. Menominee River trips are based at the Menominee River Outpost, a relaxing, scenic drive from the Peshtigo River Outpost.
The river trip begins along the gorgeous 200-foot cliffs bordering Michigan and Wisconsin. After a scenic flat water section and a few smaller rapids, you will pull over to scout the famous rapids of Piers Gorge. The adrenaline will start pumping as you scout the rapids and plan your approach. You’ll go back to your boat with your guide for your first of two runs through Piers Gorge. After we shoot the rapids, we’ll take a short hike back to the top of Piers Gorge and run the rapids again. This trip is appropriate for all skill levels, so bring the whole family. Children under 12 must portage the class IV section of the river through Piers Gorge. A parent or guardian must accompany children during the portage they can enjoy the entertainment as they observe the others in their group running this amazing section of whitewater. Since you go through twice parents can take turns so that everyone gets a chance to paddle the big water.
This is the biggest whitewater in the Midwest, especially through the summer months. For those looking for an even more extreme trip you might consider the Menominee River Wild Ride!
The morning Menominee River whitewater rafting trip has the additional bonus of an optional river tube ride. Add tubing for an additional dollar (reservations required) and take a relaxing ride down the Menominee River back to our Menominee River Outpost instead of taking a short shuttle.
This tube ride is only available after the 9:15 am Menominee River trip. Add the optional tubing for one dollar when you make your reservation. If you have a PM trip scheduled at the Peshtigo River outpost, you may be advised not to take this ride. The ride will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, so schedule accordingly.