Testimonials

“What just might be the best commercial rafting company in North America. The trips are spectacular beyond description, the guides are the best of the best, the food is incomparable, and the customers are treated like royalty.”

 

To all our past and present guests – Thank You!  At the end of every year we sift through the emails and the photos from all of you and it never fails to give us goose bumps, it never fails to make us happy (and a little sad), and it never fails to remind us of the power and beauty of our wild places and, even more importantly, of the unique and remarkable people we are lucky enough to spend time with on the river every season.

So, with your continued support, wonderful personalities, and adventurous spirits we will continue to keep and attract the best guides anywhere. We will continue to reshape the way river travel is run and to work towards setting the standard in trip quality and environmental responsibility. And we will continue to run rivers and add adventures that are the best in their class and that are off the beaten path.

To all past and present guests a huge –

“THANK YOU!”

For those who have not been on a rafting trip with us below are some highlights and then a rolling list of testimonials as they come in from our guests. You can also check out TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com for even more. Enjoy!


  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Anthony - Thank you for such an amazing trip! I still can't believe this was my first white water rafting experience...it was ridiculously beautiful and SO MUCH FUN! And you all are such great guides/hosts. I hope the rest of your season goes well and I hope to see you on another trip soon! "
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Thanks, Simon, Mike and Anthony for a great trip! We had a wonderful time and are still talking about how lucky we were with the weather and all."
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Pete, Yesterday I completed a trip on the Illinois with Arden and Simon as my guides. It was a great four days and they are both extremely competent professionals. I would recommend Momentum without hesitation to my friends. I look forward to my next trip with your company. With best regards, Sam Miller"
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Pete, If I had to pick one word to describe our trip down the Illinois River last week (with Mike and Mara), the subject line of this email would be it. I knew going in that it was likely to be a good trip, and that we would have fun. I didn't realize that it would be one of (if not THE) best trip/vacation/experience we've ever had. Mike and Mara were nothing short of phenomenal. They were friendly, great guides (Mara's safety instructions would later come in handy to me when I became a member of the Illinois Swim Team), good cooks and now - counted amongst our friends. Mara went above and beyond to make sure our anniversary was celebrated (seriously - a private romantic dinner for two at the Klondike Creek camp? how awesome is that?!), Mike kept all of our gear dry and intact and both kept us safe and wholly entertained. I can say for certain that Ann and I *WILL* be back to run more rivers with your company - and we really hope to cross paths with Mike and Mara again in the future. Ann actually cried as they drove off after dropping us off. We miss them. (Feel free to share this with them, even if it will inflate Mike's ego ;-) ) On a scale of 1-10 we're rating this a perfect 10. We've never done that before. Thanks again for an amazing run down the gorgeous Illinois - it was one experience I know I won't forget. Oh - and Tell Mike and Mara we miss them! -John"
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Pete, We appreciate you ordering the perfect weather for this Illi trip. It is a wonderful river that I would absolutely do again. We enjoyed your great skills as a group leader and guide. You run a top notch company and should take great pride in doing things the right way. I have been paddling for over 40 years and can honestly say that I would experience any river anywhere with you. We look forward to enjoying another river with you soon. Thank you for a great time on the Illi. Kim"
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Thanks, Anthony – I had a fantastic time. Have a great summer. Best, Jason "
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "Pete Walstrom, the owner of Momentum River Expeditions, puts his years of experience and expertise into the management of what just might be the best commercial rafting company in North America. The trips are spectacular beyond description, the guides are the best of the best, the food is incomparable, and the customers are treated like royalty. I especially would like to recommend the Cal Salmon trip and the Illinois River trip. The Illinois is one of the most incredible canyons I have ever seen, let alone rafted on. The combination of lush flora, thundering rapids, and isolation make it nearly indescribable."
  • Illinois River Rafting

    ""I've traveled with Pete on 4 river trips, 3 of them covering multiple days. In every case, his professionalism shines and in each case, my experiences have been nothing less than brilliant." "
  • Illinois River Rafting

    "I just wanted to thank you again for the great Illinois trip a few weeks ago, it was definitely one of the best multi-day trips I have ever been on and, as usual, the attention to detail that you and your guides adhere to is astounding and very much appreciated. "
  • Rogue River Rafting

    "It was so much fun and we had an AMAZING time! You, John and Tyler were all excellent guides, and took such amazing care of us. I hope you all have a great summer, and we will continue to tell all of our friends and family what a great experience we had."
  • Upper Klamath Day Trip

    "We’ve owned a home on the Klamath River for 12 years now. It’s beautiful to watch “Old Man River” go by. But we see people boating the Klamath in rafts and kayaks, and we’ve always wanted to do that ourselves. So when our lawyer/mediator brother suggested he’d pay for a rafting trip on the Upper Klamath, to celebrate his wife's birthday, we jumped on board. There were just four of us on this raft, captained by our unbelievably strong thirty year old guide, Tyler. The long, intense rapids were ominous class threes and fours. Tyler was propped upright, leaning against a 2 by 6 in the back of the raft, wielding two massive oars, and we four terrified neophytes were hunkered down with paddles, two on each side of the boat, in front of him. When Tyler said “paddle,” it meant paddle like hell, because we were approaching or right in the middle of the most violently churning water we’ve ever seen. A lot of our paddling yielded nothing but air, since the boat was forced way up out of the water half the time during a class 4 rapid. But Tyler kept us safe and moving through the water. He had the most muscular upper body we’ve ever seen on a compact frame, and he needed every bit of his strength to push us through those rapids. If we had been able to relax and look around, the scenery would have been breathtaking. But we couldn’t really enjoy it at the time, as we were always tensing for the next rapid or trying to rest leg and foot muscles that we had brutally wedged into the boat to keep from being thrown from the raft into the teaming surf. Three of us actually did fall back into the raft at least once."
  • Rogue River Rafting

    "I had an amazing time on the Rogue River with my family. My guides were so awesome. Are guides and the beauty set this trip apart from any other I have been on. Arden, Robin and my dude Tyler made this trip all around dope! Food was amazing, Equipment top notch, and the knowledge of our leaders made this River trip something that will never be forgotten. Momentum is definitely the Movement and I have already recommended to many friends. I plan on doing at least one river trip with this group every year for the duration of my life. If your reading this do yourself a favor and book yourself a trip. The Rogue was in amazing form when I was on it. This company gets all Love from me!"
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "From the pre-trip checklist, to arrival at camp, every spot along the river, and until I left camp, Momentum made my trip a memorable experience. This was my third river-rafting trip and nothing compares to my experience on the Salmon. First rate guides made the experience memorable by being very personable, sharing their rafting and local knowledge, as well as ensuring a safe trip through some insane rapids. I didn't realize how intense the rapids were until I saw the pictures of me under many 3 foot walls of water."
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "Awesome trip- the best and most consistent whitewater we have run since the Apurimac in Peru. Couldn't ask for better guides- everyone was really friendly, helpful and very safety-conscious. And the food... and the wine-tasting...YUM!"
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "Kudos to Team Momentum. Masters of whitewater, cuisine and logistics. We had a terrific time and look forward to future trips."
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "This was my second trip with Momentum, and my first multi-day trip. Despite weather that was less than cooperative, this was the best rafting trip I have done so far, and I have done a fair number of rivers in several different countries! All the guides were great, and I still remember all the names, even though I have a terrible memory for names! Pete laid on a wine tasting that had not been advertised, and I know everyone had a wonderful time! My raft's guide, Anthony, was outstanding. Alan was very welcoming when I arrived at camp later than expected the first day. Mike, Simon and Rebecca were great, and Reynaldo did a fine job. The food was fantastic and well-appreciated by all. We finished the second day's run a little early, so Pete led a few of us on a 6-mile hike through a beautiful canyon. All in all, this was one fine trip, and I would certainly use this company again -- I'm hoping I can do the Chile trip one of these years!"
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "Anthony and Simon (and Fay), Wonderful trip to a stunning river! We appreciated every aspect of the trip -- the river, the guides and staff, THE FOOD AND WINE, the attention to detail, the great conversation and especially the professionalism of everyone involved. Best wishes for the rest of the season and we hope/plan to see you again on a river somewhere. "
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "Great spring trip with excellent Momentum staff of Anthony, Simon and Fay. Professional, safe, experienced, attentive and personable. Well run and reliable company that is in this business for the "long paddle". Would recommended it to anyone and will be coming back. "
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "Hey Pete, I just wanted to thank you, and the Momentum staff, for an amazing trip last weekend. I’m still trying to get over how completely beautiful a river the California Salmon truly is – it definitely deepened my love of whitewater rafting. You know it’s been an incredible trip when you’re already planning your next one on the way home. I think you may have created a monster. Thanks a lot, Pete!! ;-) You were an excellent guide, host, and hiking partner. Your knowledge, patience, passion for what you do, and good sense of humor made my trip an experience I’ll never forget. I’m already looking forward to my next trip with you and Momentum. Thanks again! All the best, -- Heather Liguore"
  • California Salmon Rafting Safari

    "Dear Alan! You are one of the precious memories of a wonderful weekend with Momentum River Expeditions! Thank you for the special fun you and only you could create with our raft by having us "ride the bull" and . . . will I ever forget the Circle of Trust we six created?!#@? That was the Bestest!!! You are the Bestest! I had such a great time, and I've been "blabbing" away with friends at how an otherwise could-have-been-crappy weekend was instead extraordinary for me! Thank you for being YOU, Alan! Hugs--at LEAST three ;-))))))))) Pam"