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Self-Guided Trips on the River of Golden Dreams

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. Experience the awe with the self-guided trip.

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 mid-August), 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.

Low water season can begin as soon as early August but typically runs from mid August through the fall. At this time of year the river is a more active trip. Multiple beavers dams throughout the journey means you may have to get out of your boat a few times. Paddling is still great in-between the dams and fun ‘water slides’ exist through them if you aim your boat right.

For more detailed information on river conditions click here.

Self-Guided pricing

End of Season Sale! Until Oct 9th


per person, plus taxes

Children, (under 12 years old) 1/2 price ONLY, when sitting in the middle seats of a canoe

  • 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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