In the Victorian era, extreme sports were limited to teatime without doilies, writing witty satires about earnesty, and riding a pennyfarthing down a mild incline. Today's Groupon would shock such staid sensibilities: for $25, you get a Menominee whitewater rafting adventure (up to a $52.95 value) from Northwood's Adventures. River adventurers meet at the Wayside Rest Stop on U.S. Highway 141 near Niagara, a four-hour drive from Madison.
Northwood's Adventures offers downriver cruises through the whitely washed waters of the Menominee River that depart every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. After riding in a bus to the put-in point, the excursion begins with a 45-minute safety talk and paddle practice led by experienced guides. Then it’s time to meander through a beautiful 2-mile stretch of Class I and II rapids before stopping at Piers Gorge Trail Beach, where children who do not meet the minimum requirements to travel through the gorge disembark to make friends with bald eagles. One-hundred-foot rock walls and roiling Class IV water wraiths greet passengers as they whip through the half-mile Piers Gorge, which spits them out onto the lower beach, where they rendezvous with the cliff-top observers and proceed to the final set of rapids.
In keeping with its strict safety standards, Northwood's Adventures ensures that its equipment is clean and well-maintained, stocks each raft with a competent guide, and provides complimentary life jackets, helmets, and paddles for all passengers. Wetsuits and other gear are available for rental. Reserve your spot online.
Must arrive 30 minutes before tour departure time. Certain restrictions apply for children under 11; see this page for more details.
A bright yellow inflatable raft splashes down the rushing waters of the Menominee River, its helmet-clad passengers hooting victoriously as they speed past banks dappled with lush trees and rock faces. Catering to seasoned outdoor enthusiasts and beginner rafters alike, The rafting experts at Northwoods Adventures strive to grant their clients a chance to experience the splash-laden rush via excursions in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Their commitment to adventure is second only to the company's dedication to safety, exemplified in everything from its high-quality equipment to the team of meticulously selected guides. Trained as naturalists, medics, rescuers, and interpreters, each was considered for a place on staff only after successfully completing 600 hours of training and translating War and Peace into conversational moose.