Gear Requirements

Level 1 Gear Requirements

  •     Packraft
  •     PFD
  •     Paddle  (under 210 cm)
  •     Drysuit
  •     Backpack (60L min)
  •     Hiking clothing
  •     Base layers for drysuit
  •     2 pairs socks (trail is often wet=1 for hike, 1 for paddle)
  •     Paddling pogies/gloves (optional)
  •     Footwear (running shoes/neoprene paddling booties, no open toed shoes/sandals)
  •     Dry bag for personal gear (must attach to boat, carabiners must be locking)
  •     Water bottle, lunch/snacks
  •     State Parks Decal or day parking pass (Eagle River courses)

Level 2 Gear Requirements

  • Packraft (w/ appropriate whitewater outfitting: combing & spray skirt/self-bailer, foot block, seat, backbend, thigh straps). Thigh straps highly recommended for Level 2 courses or anyone interested in whitewater paddling
  • Inflation method
  •  Effective “grab loop” on bow (or bow bag) and stern/perimeter grab loop and/or line
  • Whitewater Helmet (climbing or bike helmets not acceptable)
  • Whitewater PFD, min 15.5 lbs flotation. (PFD must be outfitted with: whistle & rescue knife)
  •  Whitewater paddle (large power face; under 210 cm, breakdown or full length okay)
  •  Drysuit (wetsuits okay, but not recommended)
  • Appropriate base-layers/insulation
  •  Throw bag (50 ft min)
  •  Paddling pogies/gloves (optional)
  •  Footwear (running shoes/neoprene paddling booties, no open toed shoes/sandals/crocs)
  •  Dry bag or bow bag for personal gear (must securely attach to boat, NO non locking carabiners)
  •  Water bottle, lunch, snacks
  •  State Parks Decal or day parking pass (for Eagle River courses)

Level 3 Gear Requirements

  • Packraft (whitewater outfitting required for Level 3: spray skirt & combing/self bailer, thigh straps, foot block & supportive backband)
  •  Effective “grab loop” on bow and stern/perimeter line
  •  Whitewater helmet (climbing or bike helmets not acceptable)
  •  Whitewater PFD: min 15.5 lbs floatation, (w/whistle & rescue knife securely attached)
  •  Whitewater paddle; breakdown or full length (large power face; shaft under 210 cm)
  •  Drysuit
  •  Appropriate base-layers/insulation
  •  Throw bag (50 ft min)
  •  Paddling pogies/gloves (optional)
  •  Footwear (running shoes/neoprene paddling booties, no open toed shoes/sandals/crocs)
  •  Dry bag or bow bag for personal gear (must attach to boat, NO non locking carabiners)
  •  Water bottle, lunch, snacks
  •  State Parks annual decal or day parking pass (for Eagle River courses)