About the location
The Namekagon Scenic Riverway is beautiful river in Western Wisconsin that feeds into the St Croix River. “Namekagon” means “place where the sturgeon are” in Ojibwe, and you are sure to see these impressive fish through the crystal clear waters as you paddle along. The river is also home to river mussels, otters, herons, and SO MANY TURTLES! Paddlers also frequently enjoy spotting bald eagles in the towering white pines and graceful aspen trees along the river banks.
Campsites are nestled every mile or so along the river, which gives the group a lot of flexibility in terms of how far they want to paddle each day, and often feature great swimming areas.
This trip typically lasts 6 days (5 nights).
On the first day, you’ll come to Amnicon’s base camp to meet your guides and learn everything you need to know to be prepared for a safe and fun experience. We do a big campfire on our sandy beach of Lake Superior that night.
The next morning, we drive you out to the Namekagon and the adventure begins! Each day you’ll paddle down the river, setting up camp each afternoon. There is time to swim, explore, and play before cooking dinner over the fire. You’ll end each evening with a intentional and meaningful community conversation around the fire. After three nights camping along the river, we’ll pick you up and bring you back to Amnicon.
The trip culminates in a campfire and closing ceremony back at our sandy Lake Superior beach. With a sky full of stars above you, the biggest lake in the world beside you, and your new-found-friends in front of you, it is plain to see the wonder of creation and the Grace of God.
You don’t want to miss this!
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…
- Keep group sizes small
- Ensure everyone in a group is coming from the same geographical region
- Keep separate groups separate
- Do all group activities outdoors
- Wear cloth face coverings and stay behind impermeable barriers any time we must share a vehicle for carpools
- We assign equipment, reduce sharing, and sanitize between groups
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 a Namekagon trip?
Trip participants must be
- At least 11 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 bathroom facilities like?
Campsites have pit toilets that are often referred to as “Ranger Boxes”. They are down a path, out of view of the campsite. It’s like sitting on a toilet seat without any walls. It might be a little weird your first time, but once you get used to it, the view is quite nice! And no walls means they usually don’t smell bad. Every few miles along the river there are boat landings that have concrete outhouses.
Is there any portaging?
Nope! That’s one of the perks of paddling on a river.
Is there time for swimming?
Usually there is ample time to swim on this trip. Campsites are located every .5 to 1 mile along the river, which means each group has a lot of flexibility in terms of how far they want to paddle each day and how much free time they want to have.