Do I have to sign a liability release?
Everyone will need to sign a liability release in order to take our trip. Parents / Guardians will need to sign for people in your group under the age of 18. Our liability release can be printed and signed before the trip to save time. You can find our release here.
Can we order lunches from you?
We would be happy to pack a picnic lunch for you. You can see our picnic lunch form here.
For groups of 20 or more, we can also offer a delicious riverside buffet. Please call us for more info and prices.
Do you have age / weight / non-swimmer restrictions?
SOAR Canoes are safe, comfortable and forgiving for the WHOLE family. There must be at least one good swimmer per inflatable canoe for each non-swimmer. We provide quality, Coast Guard approved life vests for everyone.
I have never been on a canoe before, Can I handle this?
SOAR’s work kinda like bumper boats, you’ll bounce off of things without risk of tipping your canoe and people generally get the hang of paddling fairly quickly.We’ll give you some paddling tips at the beginning of the trip to help you along
Are you open all year round?
Our season is weather / water dependent. Typically we are open from Mid April – Mid November.
What time must I arrive?
Check-in for our Full Day Adventure is begins at 9:30 am and ends at 10:30 am.
Check- in for our Half Day Adventure begins at 12:30 pm and ends at 1:30 am.
We encourage our guests to arrive on time. If you arrive late for our morning departure, we might move you to an afternoon trip instead. Please call us if you are running late.
How long is the trip?
The Full-Day trip is 9 river miles long. It can be completed in as little as 3 hours. Trip time is dependent upon how quickly you paddle and how often you stop. On average our guests take 4.5 hours to complete this trip. The Half-Day trip is a bit under 4 miles long. It can be completed in a bit more than an hour. Most of our guest take an average of 2 – 2.5 hrs.
What kind of physical shape do I need to be in?
We think a person should be in somewhat good physical condition. Paddling your SOAR canoe involves some physical effort to move the boat forward in slower sections, and to read the river and turn the boat properly in places where there is current and obstacles. Besides being physically fit, most of our guests come here wanting to experience a relatively easy outdoor adventure in a beautiful environment. We have many first timers of all physical abilities that come down the river every year, and some people have a very easy time and some people have a much harder time. BUT, everybody gets down the river and everyone has a blast, and you will be proud of your accomplishment! Come with the right attitude and you’ll have a great day.
Why aren’t dogs allowed on the Half-Day trip?
Dogs are not allowed on the Half-Day trip, no exceptions. That includes service dogs. Please do not ask us to make an exception. Our Half-Day takeout is on private property, and the land owner has told us that he does not want dogs on his property. We respect his wishes.
I’m pregnant, can I still take this trip?
Of course! We pride ourselves on the fact that EVERYONE can come down the river. SOAR’s are safe, comfortable and forgiving. Bring a strong paddling partner, and enjoy lounging across the tubes while taking in scenery.
How do we get back from the end of the Full Day trip?
At the start of the trip we will provide you with a dry bag and ask that you bring a cell phone with you on the river. You will call our office from a designated place on the river that is approximately 1 hour from the end. That allows us to run shuttles based on those calls and our customers needs.
How do we get back from the end of the Half Day trip?
We have regular shuttles that run at irregular times as needed. We do a good job of getting all guests back to their cars in a timely manner.
What size ice chest do you allow?
Inflatable boats make for a lot of room for ice chests. We’ve never had one that doesn’t fit. With that in mind, it’s only a day trip. Pack responsibly. You’ll have to haul these things up a small hill to the parking lot at the end.