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Free rafting trip Saturday, reservations necessary

Northland Paddlers Alliance in partnership with Swiftwater Adventures will host its fifth and final event of the season from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. All are invited to join a whitewater rafting trip down the St. Louis River followed by a BBQ picnic. This free community paddling event is free to anyone, 12 or older (with adult).

Attendees at this event will have a chance to hone their paddling skills while also experiencing the unique beauty of the St. Louis River. Meet at 2 p.m. at the UMD Outpost/National Kayak and Canoe Center next to the Thomson Dam in Carlton. Equipment and instruction will be provided by experienced and professional in-raft guides.

"Our mission is to provide whitewater adventures to anyone and everyone, no experience necessary!" said owner Cliff Langley.

Pre-registration is required to save your spot on the raft and your food for the picnic. Go to

For more information contact, visit or look for northlandpaddler on Facebook.

These events are supported with a grant from the City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department and the efforts of Northland Paddler's Alliance, UMD Rec. Sports Outdoor Program, and Swiftwater Adventures.