Whitewater Rafting & Camping in the Midwest


Whitewater Rafting & Camping in the Midwest

Most people think of whitewater rafting in the Unites States as an activity that only takes place on rivers located near the Eastern or Western mountain ranges. In fact the Midwest offers some fun and challenging Class III and Class IV Rivers. They may not be day or week long trips that most folks are familiar with, but hey are close and convenient.

Located only about five hours from Chicago or Minneapolis, these rivers offer challenge and thrill for the avid whitewater enthusiast while also accommodating the first time paddlers. There are three main class III and Class IV rivers located in Wisconsin, the Menominee River, the Peshtigo River and the Wolf River. Each of these rivers has something different to offer.


The Wolf River is know for the longer stretches of calm water between its major rapids, making it perfect for younger rafters and those who wish to experience whitewater a little at a time.

The Peshtigo River is best known for its “Roaring Rapids” section, a four and a half mile stretch with over 75% whitewater, making it one of the longest continuous stretches of whitewater in the Midwest. This river is perfect for those who are looking for something a little more aggressive, but still perfect for beginners.

The Menominee River is a large volume river which is dam controlling, so the flow is good all summer long. Trips on the Menominee are always run in larger 6 to 12 place rafts. Best known for the “Pier Gorge” section of the river, these Class IV rapids are so close together that it feels like one long, continuous rapid.

Who would have thought of whitewater excitement like this located in the midwest?Kosir’s Rapid Rafts offers Midwest whitewater rafting trips on the Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers. For more about these rivers, please browse through our website.