Whitewater Adventures

The Real America offers pristine and scenic rivers and lakes that attract avid whitewater paddlers and vacationers looking for a thrill as well as those who prefer to float leisurely along. No matter what your preference. You'll find a guide and a stretch of river suited for you in the region.

Minneapolis and Minnesota are known for water-based activities, whether it is canoeing on one of the famous "10,000 lakes" or boating on the rivers. A good way to ease into (or out of) the hair-raising whitewater adventures that await in following itinerary is to take a Anson Northrup and Betsey Northrup Paddleboat excursion on the mighty Mississippi River.

In Montana, whitewater, scenic and fishing float trips occur throughout the state.  Experienced guides on the Flathead Wild and Scenic River, which border’s Glacier  National Park, offer a variety of trips on the rives, as well as wildlife and scenic or paddle and saddle tours.  Trips range from half-day to five days, including lunch and dinner floats.  Whitewater and scenic floats take off on the Gallatin and Yellowstone Rivers from locations in Bozeman, Gardiner and Livingston.  Travel in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as you float the Wild and Scenic Missouri River near Great Falls or the Yellowstone River near Billings. Your water adventure can be as calm as a lazy float or as exhilarating as a rafting adventure, either way, Montana’s cool mountain waters await your voyage of discovery.

In Wyoming, Jackson's Snake River offers whitewater below town and scenic floats above. Grand Teton Lodge Company offers a popular series of relaxing float trips on the Snake River at the Base of the Tetons. Whitewater trips also headquarter out of Cody, on the east side of Yellowstone, and the scenic Wind River Canyon is floated by companies based in Thermopolis. Near Saratoga, scenic, fishing and whitewater trips through Northgate Canyon are available on the North Platte River.

The Missouri River, which divides the state of South Dakota in half, offers swimming, boating, camping, picnicking, and hiking as well as great fishing for walleye and northern pike. Watercraft rentals are available in Chamberlain, and float trips and houseboats are available in Wagner.