River Cats

Combine the thrill of kayaking, the camaraderie of canoeing, and the stability of a raft, and you end up with a Cat. Short for "Catamaran", our Cats are an inflatable tandem kayak with less chance of tipping over than canoes/kayaks. The sleek, yet "wide-track" design is fun and easy to paddle. Also comes with comfortable, inflatable backrests. Please Note: Cats are best on warm days as there may be a little bit of water where you're sitting. Recommended for: Two paddlers w/ basic paddling experience, who are willing to accept a challenge, but don't quite fit into the other equipment categories (not enough canoeing experience, don't want to try a solo kayak, or too small a group to fill a raft). 4 & 5 hr. trips: experienced only! Cat Rates: are per person (based on 2 people, which is the maximum).

River Cat Pricing
Approx. Float Time Price Per Person Departure Times
1.5 Hours $22 9:30-5:00 (every 0.5 hours)
3 Hours $31 9:30-3:30 (every 0.5 hours)
4 Hours $34 9:30-2:30 (every hour)
5 Hours $37 9:30-11:30 (every hour)

Challenging Mid-Section Trip

We offer a "Mid-Section" trip for those who want the faster, most challenging part of the river, but don't necessarily want or have the time to do the Wolverine (5 hr.) trip, and/or wouldn't mind skipping the last 1 1/2 hrs. of the river (which is the easier section, has more homes/cottages, and at peak times more congested with rafts and tubes). This trip ends at N. White Rd, which is the most commonly used put-in point (and which we own). This trip is definitely for more advanced paddlers!

Mid-Section Trip Pricing
Put-In/Take-Out Approx. Float Time Canoe Rate/Person Departure Times
Rondo Access to N. White Rd 2.5 Hours $37 9:30-2:30 (every hour)
Wolverine to N. White Rd 3.5 Hours $41 9:30-11:30 (every hour)

FAQ'S

Who would you recommend to take a cat?
Cats are a great option for two paddlers with basic paddling experience, who are willing to accept a challenge, but don't quite fit into the other equipment categories. Cats are wonderful on a hot day, as the sleek catamaran design allows for you to get a little wet!
Would you recommend to take green?
Green is another great option for two to three paddlers (sorry, cannot allow 3 full sized adults) with basic paddling experience who are willing to accept a challenge. Unlike the Cat, Green is an inflatable canoe where you are not sitting in water. This boat is a perfect option for parents and an older child.
Can I fish on the trip?
The Sturgeon River has a swift current that descends approximately 14 feet per mile. While fishing is a sport that you can enjoy on the Sturgeon, it is NOT recommended to do while paddling. There are many tight, narrow bends, overhanging trees/branches, and a swift current that will occupy you while paddling, and not leave you with time to fish. Also, there is a lot of private property along the river, and we must respect private landowners by remaining off their property. (Absolutely NO fishing allowed in rafts, tubes, cats, or other inflatables).