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Thornton's Rafting

W 12882 Parkway Road, Athelstane, WI
(715) 757-3311
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Athelstane
Type: Water sports
Most recent review
- Jul 20, 2014
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English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I wish I could review our experience with the camping separately from the rafting. Our experience camping was terrible (1 star), but the rafting was great (5 stars) - hence the 3 stars. Camping: Unless you are into underage drinking, an endless amount of dynamite-inspired fireworks at all hours of the day and night, music blasting until dawn (literally), people... More

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Chilton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I'm a high school physical education and have been going to Thornton's for the past 5 years with my groups. This company has provided our group with an outstanding experience each and every year. Kathy is a wonderful host and is always very accommodating and flexible. We always go in the spring to ensure an exciting high water experience and... More

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We did both rivers and it was so much fun! The guides were great and very informative. We are already planning for a trip next year. Planning to go earlier so the water level is higher, we got stuck many times in the first rock gardens, but the guide was so helpful and got me unstuck every time with a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

It was absolutely great the guides were very helpful and was a great time. They had many choices of what type of raft you want to use and they even tell you when the best time to go is.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

we stayed at the Thorntons Saturday through Wednesday. The water rafting was great, lots of fun. The camping on site at the Thorntons was not so great, it is not a camping place for families with children, or if you like the quiet to enjoy nature. When we arrived on Saturday there were many parties going on all night, the... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

After having our original company cancel on us due to an emergency. We called thorntons, and they arranged a trip for sooner than usual the next morning, so that we could go. Otherwise our 7 hour drive would have been for nothing! We went at 1130 on 8/8/12 The guides met us at a storage shed on the edge of... More

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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

We stayed at Thornton's for a weekend while we did a rafting trip through them. I stayed in the 2 bedroom cabin and while it wasn't a 4-star hotel, it was perfect for a weekend trip. It had 2 bedrooms and a pullout futon so it easily slept 3 people. It had a small kitchen, a big fridge, and a... More

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Northwest Indiana
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27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

As the other reviewer wrote, Kathy is a great hostess, and Thornton's provides a great full-service rafting experience. My boyfriend and I have been there at least a half dozen times, and have never failed to have a great time. You can camp there, get firewood for a good price, raft, swim, fish, and enjoy good dj music and dancing... More

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California City, California
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51 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Kathy was a very accomodating host who helped us with all the details of our visit. She even called a locksmith for us when we locked our keys in the car which was a HUGE help as this place is in a very remote area in rural, rural Wisconsin, The cabins were clean and had everything we needed with a... More

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