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Self-Guided River of Golden Dreams Paddling

The River of Golden Dreams is an ever-changing waterway that provides a different experience each time you paddle. This is what keeps people coming back year after year.

In the spring (May to early July) water levels are higher and the river moves faster. To better enjoy your river experience we recommend a moderate to high level of paddling experience or experience paddling on moving water during this time of year.

Once high water season ends (early July to September), the river becomes a perfect place for guests of all experience levels to paddle the winding waterway. Orientation sessions are offered prior to departures to ensure you are properly prepared for your trip.

Self-Guided pricing


per person, plus taxes

  • Daily: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. In July and August we often offer additional departures at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Easy to moderate depending on experience and water level (please note that water levels fluctuate daily and are highest in the spring time)
  • Return shuttle bus, boat, paddle, and personal flotation device
  • 3 hours round trip. 20-30 minutes on the lake getting warmed up and paddling to the river mouth. Then follow the current as you steer the boat down the river.

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