Backcountry Canoe Quest

Backcountry Camping at its finest on the Cloquet River

What’s it like to journey through land that looks much the same as it did 200 years ago? Come find out as you wind your way down the beautiful and wild Cloquet River, building relationships with your companions and reveling in the magnificence of God’s creation as you go.


Ages: 14+

Group Size: 3-10 people

Cost: $4500/group


about the destination

The Cloquet River is a remote waterway flowing down one side of a ridge that follows Lake Superior’s North Shore. Your wilderness journey will find you paddling stretches of quiet, placid water frequently broken by short, bouldery rapids. 

Trip overview

This trip is recommended for anyone interested in experiencing God in nature, building relationships within their community, and growing personally. Previous paddling experience is a plus, and your guides will teach you any skills you need to know. Experienced staff will make your trip one of enjoyment and safety, so you can concentrate on learning new skills, worshiping God, building lasting friendships, having fun, and celebrating community life together!

frequently asked questions

What COVID precautions are you taking?

We’ve carefully considered the recommendations of the CDC, the American Camps Association (our accrediting organization), and the WI Dept of Health. Overall we’ve been very encouraged by our research! Apparently the way we operate (with small groups staying outdoors in remote locations) is one of the safest ways to come together in person. We found a COVID-safe way to run our wilderness adventures in 2020, so no matter what 2021 brings we know we’ll be ready to run these adventures again.

To protect our campers and staff, we’ve come up with the following practices:

  • Group sizes are kept small
  • All members of a group must be coming from the same geographical region
  • Different groups are kept apart from each other
  • All group activities take place outdoors
  • We wear cloth face coverings and stay behind impermeable barriers any time we share an indoor space (such as walking through the dining hall to get food or riding in the van to the trailhead)
  • We ventilate indoor areas as best as possible
  • We assign equipement and reduce sharing
  • Campers are given hammocks with bug nets & rain fly’s for private sleeping accomodations

There are a few other precautionary measures we’re taking as well. If you’re interested, click here to read our full COVID response policies. 

Who can come on this trip?

Trip participants must be

  • At least 14 years old on the first day of the trip,
  • In reasonably good health, 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 periods of increased stress & exertion, and have not had any medical emergencies within the last year. 
What are the campsites like?

Camping is allowed anywhere along the river, and there are no established campsites. Each night the group will set up their campsite on a piece of untouched land, giving you a true backcountry experience.

What if I've never been camping?

You’re in for a big adventure! Previous camping and paddling experience is a plus, of course. Regardless of camping experience, your guides will teach you everything you need to know. If you come with a positive attitude about this whole nature thing, you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime.

ready for an adventure?