White Water Canoeing

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TRIP LOCATION: Cloquet River

DATES: May 13-16, 2024

AGES: 18+


Craving an Adventure?

Up for a Challenge?

The Cloquet River is a remote waterway flowing down one side of a ridge that follows Lake Superior’s North Shore, and is the main tributary to the St Louis River. Your wilderness journey will find you paddling stretches of quiet, placid water frequently broken by short, bouldery rapids. Rapids can reach up to Class III, so previous white water canoeing experience will be incredibly helpful on this journey.

It’s a big adventure. You’ll connect deeply with your fellow travelers, and will remember this experience for years to come. 

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1. Register with Amnicon


You’ll need to create an account and enter the Group Reg Code:


to see and sign up for this trip. 

2. Make a Payment

Tiered Pricing is available for this trip.

Tier 1: Full Price = $750 (This is what it costs us for you to come)

Tier 2: Standard Price = $400 (This is what most people pay to come)

Tier 3: Standard Discount = $250 (Additional discounts available for those who need them)


3. Get a Doctor's Signature

All trip participants must be seen by a licensed medical practitioner within 1 year prior to the trip. EITHER get a doctor to sign the form below, OR get a copy of an after visit summary from your health care provider. Forms may be uploaded here or brought to camp. 

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frequently asked questions

What is a schedule for the week?

We’ll be packing up and departing from Amnicon bright and early on the morning of Monday, May 13th. If you’d like to stay over at Amnicon the night of Sunday the 12th you’re welcome to do that.

Each day we’ll paddle a new stretch of the Cloquet River, setting up a new campsite each afternoon along the river’s shore. Each morning we’ll gather for a brief reflection (called First Word), and each evening we’ll dig deep into life together around the campfire (Last Word). We’ll take turns cooking meals over a fire, and share the adventure together. 

We’re planning on being back to Amnicon in the afternoon on Thursday, May 16th.

Who can come on this trip?

Previous experience paddling in at least Class II rapids in a canoe is highly recommended. 

Trip participants must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the first day of the trip,
  • In reasonably good health,
  • Able to lift and carry 30 pounds over a short distance,
  • Able to swim 25 yards and tread water for 30 seconds while wearing a USCG certified Personal Floatation Device (life jacket)
  • Be able to manage their own personal care, breathing, and mobility without assistance
  • Be able to communicate and follow directions given in English
  • Able to walk half a mile over uneven terrain without assistance, AND
  • Have a licensed medical practitioner sign a health form certifying that they are healthy enough to engage in the kinds of activities we’ll do on this trip.

Anyone with a chronic medical condition must:

  • Be able to manage their own care without assistance,
  • Bring all their own medications and supplies,
  • Be willing and able to communicate with Amnicon staff if they’re not doing well,
  • Have experience managing their condition during prolonged periods of increased stress & activity, AND
  • Have not had any medical emergencies within the last year.

If you have questions about whether this trip will be a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to contact us! Call 715-364-2602 or email info@amnicon.org

What will the spiritual component of this trip be like?

We’ll start and end every day with a brief activity or discussion which we like to call First & Last Words. First Word usually consists of 15-20 minutes of reading a short story or poem, and then discussing it as a group. Last Word is a little bit longer, as we gather around the campfire in the evening. Everyone in the group will have the opportunity to share a story from their own life, and hear and discuss a story from the Bible or other profound world literature.

All spiritual elements of this trip are designed to bring people closer to each other and closer to God. Do you have doubts, struggles, questions? Good! This is a safe place to share those and talk about them openly. Have you walked with God for a long time? Good! Please share that experience too, and be ready to learn from the life experiences of the other people on the trip.

What are the guides like?

Our wilderness guides are amazing, and you’ll love them. We send at least two highly trained individuals with each group. They have been chosen because they have demonstrated an impressive level of maturity, care of creation, and a desire to connect with and serve people. We do our best to hire a diverse staff every year, and often hire staff from overseas! Amnicon does not discriminate in our hiring based on gender identity, sexual orientation, race, country of origin, or religious affiliation. 

How is the food?

Good food is a high priority at Amnicon! We have a trail menu that adapts lots of the foods you are used to at home: pancakes, pasta, brats and lots more. There are plenty of snacks, too! If you have specific dietary needs please let us know so we can be prepared with good food for you, too.

What are the toilets like on this trip?

The watercraft campsites feature a “Ranger Box” style toilet, similar to other wilderness locations such as the Namekagon/St Croix National Scenic Riverway, the Flambeau River State Forest, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Due to the remote nature of this wilderness location, we may occasionally have to dig our own “cat holes” to bury our waste. 

Wondering something else?

current weather on the Cloquet River

few clouds 83° F 81° F | 84° F
  • Jul 15, 2024 overcast clouds 64° F
  • Jul 16, 2024 scattered clouds 56° F
  • Jul 17, 2024 scattered clouds 52° F
  • Jul 18, 2024 clear sky 52° F
  • Jul 19, 2024 clear sky 56° F

Meet your directors

Brad Damon

Brad Damon

Director - Programs & Facilities

Hannah Damon

Hannah Damon

Director - Outreach & Administration

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