Spent the week of Fathers Day at the Wildman Pestigo River Outpost with a small group of Scouts. Our group did one day of rafting on the Menominee River and one day of kayaking on the Peshtigo River.
The campground is right along the Peshtigo River and most every site is riverside. There are several tent spots and a few cabins. There is also a lodge, but I did not go near it. I don't believe there are RV hook-up either. The campground is well kept and I saw staff going around each site picking up trash after people checked out. There are outhouses at one end of the camp and a shower house with flush toilets at the other end. The out houses were cleaned reguarly. The (pay) showers were dirty at the end of the day when everybody was hosing off after a day of fun. There is also a pavilion with picnic tables near the showers. A sand volleyball court sits next to the pavilion. They sell wood by the bundle or by the wheelbarrow load. The climbing tower is located at this camp too.
There is a hiking trail that goes up river about 2 miles and you can see some nice rapids along the way. We took many pictures along the trail.
Menominee River Rafting:
The Menominee River Outpost has a small golf course, rock climbing, zipline, paintball, rafting and a bar and grill called Bombers. our group only did the rafting.
The rafting trip starts with a short bus ride upriver. They have a photographer taking pictures of your group. You put in on calm water and your guide teaches you commands how to paddle as a team, as well as how to bring someone back into the boat. once the guide is satisfied that everyone knows how to be safe, you get to play in the water. You are towing a second raft so you can shoot the class IV rapids a second time, and this second raft is where we played some fun games. After a while the guide rounds everyone back into the lead raft to start the whitewater fun. There is a decent set of class III rapids to start. After that you make your way to the shore to drop off the spare raft to get ready for the class IV Piers Gorge rapid. This is what the trip is all about. You drop in with the raft almost verticle and just when you think you've recovered you hit "volkswagen", a large boulder in the middle of the river that can send several in your party into the water. Once you finally finish this set of rapids, you hike back upriver to do it all over again. The photographer is there to capture your ride. After that there is another set of III rapids right before the out point. Then a very short bus ride back to the outpost. Total trip time is around 2 hours
The rafting is great for beginners, but experienced rafters may feel a little let down with the amount of whitewater.
Peshtigo River kayaking:
This trip starts at the Peshtigo River outpost and a short van ride upriver. The kayaks are rally something the call funyaks, a single seat between two inflated pontoons. Our group had 3 guides, one showing us the best route, one in the middle, and one bringing up the rear. One of hte boys in our group was having a lot of trouble getting the hang of paddling and the guide (James) worked with him until he got the hang of things. We navidaged several rapids and spent quite a bit of time rerunning one class III. One of the guides was taking pictures and even video. There are two sets of class III rapids that you run that are along the hiking trail by the campground. You take out at the campground.
This was more fun than the rafting to me. I would go again and spend the time kayaking.
All of the staff that we saw were college aged. However, all were very professional. Everybody seemed interested in making sure we were having a good time. I cannot say enough about them.
-Showers require quarters
-Peshtigo and Menominee Rivers are about an hours drive apart
-Must have shoes that won't fall off for Memominee rafting
-Check the water levels, if it has not rained in a while the Peshtigo may be difficult to navigate without getting stuck a lot.
-I WILL GO AGAIN
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