Like deep-sea ping-pong, whitewater rafting requires a well-made paddle and the ability to overcome most fish-related phobias. Embrace accessible aqua fun with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a half-day whitewater-rafting adventure from Northwood's Adventures (up to a $52.95 value). River adventurers meet at 4789 US Highway 2 in Vulcan, Michigan, which is approximately five hours north of Chicago.
Northwood's Adventures offers downriver cruises through the whitely washed waters of the Menominee River. Launching daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the approximately three-hour excursion begins with a brief safety talk, paddle practice, team-building exercises, and games led by experienced guides. Then it’s time to meander through a beautiful 2-mile stretch of Class I and II+ rapids that funnel into Piers Gorge Portage Trail sand beach. After a mild hike to look out upon the rapids to come, gung-ho rafters proceed through the 100-foot-tall rock walls and roiling Class IV+ water wraiths of mighty Piers Gorge. Post-gorge tackling, significantly damper rafters rendezvous with the cliff-top observers and proceed to the final set of rapids.
In keeping with the strict safety standards, Northwood's Adventures keeps all of its equipment 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 for an additional fee.
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.