Wilderness trips take courage, confidence and character, and develop leadership. Girls quickly learn to count on each other – you have to work together or you won’t get to your destination.
River Valleys offers adventures at multiple experience levels, with opportunities for girls between grades 5 and 12. Girls work with camp staff to review maps and routes, plan meals and equipment for trips lasting 4-18 days.
Our canoe trips take place in some of the most scenic paddling locations in the country. Level 1 trips start close to camp on the gentle Wisconsin River, where girls learn the basics of steering and handling canoes. Levels 2 and 3 lead girls to longer adventures on the Namekagon River and the Manitowish Waters Lakes and Rivers area, where paddling and portaging are combined over eight days. The culminating fourth and fifth levels bring girls to world renowned Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where they experience the true beauty of lake country.
Girls experience the thrill of kayaking while learning the basics in the beautiful Northern Highland State Forest. Then, they can progress to longer trips on the Chippewa Flowage and on Lake Superior as they explore the incredible Apostle Islands. The fourth and fifth level trips let girls truly experience the wilderness in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageur National Park.
Our backpack trips take girls to beautiful views in the Midwest. Girls start with a four-day trip to learn backpacking basics on the North Country Trail. Spectacular cliffs and breathtaking views await them as they move up to six- and eight-day trips along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Porcupine Mountains State Park. Our fourth level trip is on the Superior Hiking Trail, rated one of the top ten trails in the country with panoramic vistas and rugged trails. Girls will get to appreciate the true beauty of Lake Superior on the fifth-level trip to Isle Royale, a wilderness island in the middle of Lake Superior that is only accessed by boat.
Explore the forests of Northern Wisconsin on bicycle, enjoying the trails and scenery while traveling between the state forest campgrounds. Girls start with the basics in the Northern Highland State Forest on blacktop trails, camping out on crystal-clear lakes each night. The next challenges take girls to the CAMBA trails and Chequamegon National Forest, where they experience remote gravel trails and the rolling hills and valleys of the area. Our bike trips culminate with a multi-year trip around Lake Superior on paved, gravel and sand roads.