about the destination
And now…you can come on an Amnicon adventure without leaving the Twin Cities Metro Area! To reduce the risk of COVID exposure, we’ve found a safe way to bring the adventure to you. Pick from one of our four adventure options below. We’ll provide everything you need for the day so that you can have an awesome experience. You just get to show up and enjoy the adventure.
Sign up for just one day, or several back-to-back for a week of adventure, community, discovery, and fun!
Voyageur Canoeing on the Minnesota
A community-building experience like none other, everyone is *literally* all in the same boat together on this adventure…a 35′ Montreal Canoe! Your guides will teach songs and lead games to help everyone paddle in time together. Encounter Cedar Ave, 35E, and 62 like you’ve never traveled them before, under the bridges instead of over them. You’ll paddle through Fort Snelling State Park and meet up with the Mississippi River to see and feel the confluence of the two largest rivers in the area, a sacred place rich with history and full of stories. Throughout the day, we’ll make time to clean up trash and leave the river more beautiful than we found it.
Cannon River Exploration
Everyone loves the Cannon! It’s everything you want in a day-trip. You’ll have fun, make memories, learn new skills, and deepen friendships.
The Cannon is generally an easy flowing river with a few riffles, making it suitable for beginning paddlers. It’s also abundant with wildlife and undeveloped natural beauty, making it enjoyable for experienced canoeists as well.
Fun Fact: It was named “La Riviere aux Canots” (“The River of Canoes”) by the Voyageurs (French fur traders) who witnessed the Dakota people canoeing up the riverway to their bison hunting grounds.
Outdoor Skills on Medicine Lake
Enjoy the simplicity and beauty of flatwater lake paddling, and learn skills off the water like fire building, campfire cooking, primitive shelters, nature identification, and more! You’ll get to explore parts of French Park that you just can’t get to on foot. Learning, playing, and exploring together is a great way for your group to bond and grow. If you’re interested developing your outdoor skills & knowledge base, this trip is a great place to start.
Adventure on the Lower St Croix
If you’re looking to be awed by Nature, look no further than the Lower St Croix. It flows through a heavily wooded, steep-sided valley with occasional sandstone and limestone bluffs. Dozens of islands, winding side channels and shaded backwaters offer opportunities for quiet exploration.
Wonder and delight are easy to come by in this beautiful place. Appreciation and enjoyment are infused into every group’s experience as they get the chance to gather safely in-person and dig deep into life together. Don’t miss out!
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.
What's a general schedule for the day?
Day trips typically run 9 am to 3 pm.
You’ll meet your guides at the trail head in the morning to go over what expect before embarking on your adventure. The day will be filled with paddling, playing, exploring, eating lunch, and spending time intentionally reflecting on this beautiful world, our place in it, and the amazing God who made it.
As with any wilderness adventure, there is a small chance that things don’t go according to plan. Our guides are highly trained for wilderness settings, and will have means to communicate with Amnicon if they are going to be delayed for any reason. Amnicon will notify camper parents (or appropriate contact person) if the group is running late.
What dates are available?
Trips for the 2021 summer season are being offered Mondays – Thursdays, June 21 – August 12
Contact Us for specific dates and to begin planning your trip!
What all is included?
Your trip will come with two highly trained wilderness guides who will lead all aspects of the adventure, including navigation, teaching skills, leading devotions, and doing First Aid. Amnicon also provides all necessary gear including the canoe(s), paddles, and life jackets. Lunch, snacks, and beverages are inlcluded as well.
You’re just responsible for getting yourself to and from the trip!
How much does it cost?
We’re asking $500/group/day (groups are limited to 10 people).
As always, we never want money to be the reason why someone doesn’t get to experience one of our trips. If the cost is prohibitive, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We have some camper scholarships and discounts available.
Can individuals sign up too, or just groups?
We’re looking forward to offering open enroll wilderness day trips! Right now it’s just group registrations, but we’ll be publishing some open enroll date & trip options as soon as we can! If you are interested in signing up (either with a group, by yourself, or with a buddy) PLEASE let us know so that we can make it happen!