Number of participants: 4-16
Arrive: June 1 – 10 a.m.
Depart: June 1 – 4 p.m.
Cost: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to/from destination and lunch.
Join Hard Water Sports on a whitewater river tour of the wild and scenic Kettle River. This three-hour guided tour will take you through the rapids of Banning State Park, including the infamous Hell’s Gate Canyon.
Participants will meet at Robinson Park in Sandstone, gear up and shuttle to the head of the rapids in Banning State Park. After rafting the Kettle River, the group will have the option to enjoy a tasty lunch at Sprouts on 5th. Following lunch, the group will explore Big Spring Falls, a secret river-wide waterfall known only to locals.
Sandstone is just an hour north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Known as the “First City of the Northwoods,” Sandstone and the Kettle River have the Northern Minnesota feel with big pine trees and rocky outcrops.
Be sure to bring a set of dry clothes for after the river tour.
Number of participants: 40
Date: June 2
Time: 10 a.m.-dusk
Transportation: On your own; 4.5 hours north of Twin Cities
Voyageurs National Park is Minnesota’s only full-fledged national park. It is uniquely water-based among national parks, with its interior accessible only by water. 240 camping, houseboat and day-use sites dot the shores of four large, island-studded lakes, and dozens of smaller lakes, along the Canadian border.
On this tour, attendees will begin the day at the Koochiching County and Bronko Nagurski Museum in International Falls, honoring the area’s native cultures and the NFL legend who hails from here. After that, attendees will board a tour boat and cruise the scenic Rainy Lake, with several stops along the way at some of Voyageurs National Park’s most iconic landmarks. Bring your hiking shoes and sense of adventure.