Here at Wheelies and Waves, we believe all our clients and customers are stewards of the land. We do our best to educate you on the sustainability of the rivers and lakes, as well as the surrounding forests and trails. Please, pack it in/pack it out and always be courteous to your fellow adventurers and surrounding nature.
Be prepared and understand the risks. Adventure sports involve risks on the part of the participant. Although we take precautions to ensure an enjoyable trip, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or lost and damaged articles. We require that you acknowledge these risks by listening to a safety briefing prior to your activity by your guide as well as reading and signing a liability release prior to departure. We can e-mail or mail one to you for review. There are many options and activities to choose from that offer varying degrees of difficulty, so make sure you choose a trip within your group’s personal limits keeping ALL participants in mind. Remember to consider your group’s comfort levels when deciding on a difficulty level for your adventure. Minimum requirements exist, and they are a guide for you to use when making a decision about the adventure you are choosing. Factors that go into minimum ages include but are not limited to a person’s height, weight, physical ability, mental capability, and maturity levels. These factors along with years of experience of servicing thousands of guests have gone into setting minimum ages. These ages are just a guide and it is up to the participants and their guardians to choose an adventure within their limits.
While reservations are strongly suggested, walk-ins are always welcome. Advanced reservations are always beneficial as many of our adventures have limited capacity. Please understand that when a reservation is made, it is a commitment for us to hold space for you and possibly turn others away. If you choose to cancel, it can be difficult for us to rebook a trip or rental, especially when the cancellation is close to the activity date. With this in mind we must firm in adhering to our cancellation policies.
Deposit and Cancellation Policies
At the time of booking, a credit card number will be taken, but not charged. This is to hold your booking, and there are no exceptions. The total will be charged the day of your trip, and you will be allowed to change payment method, or split payments if you prefer. For any cancellations within 24 hours of your activities departure time/rental, the credit card on file will be charged the full amount.
We understand weather is a factor. We determine when an activity will be canceled due to unsafe, or undesirable conditions. If we decide to cancel a trip due to these conditions, insufficient reservations, or other factors beyond our control, will will provide a full refund. If we determine river/lake conditions to be unsafe or unsuitable, we reserve the right right to transfer parties to a different river or section of the river, or to a lake, on the same day. We will make every effort to give you as much notice as possible, and we hope you do the same. CB SUP understands life happens and things come up, but please let us know ASAP.
Minors less than 18 years of age not accompanied by their parent or legal guardian must bring to the office our release form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Some of our adventures may not be suitable for young children, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your child’s participation. Children must be at least 30lbs to participate in any river trip.
Photos and Videos
We reserve the right to take photographs or video of any of our adventures. All participants agree that we may use such photographs or videos for promotional and/or commercial purposes.
Slate River Floating information
Planning a trip to float the Slate River? please keep in mind that the Slate River meanders through public, private and conserved land, as well as critical wildlife habitat. To ensure that the Slate River remains special, please adhere to the following river manners:
River Access • Only use designated river access points to put-in and take-out on the river. View the map indicating access points, bathrooms and parking. Remember, you cannot leave the river mid-float, you must use an access point to start and finish. Please note that much of what you float through is private property. The only exception is that tubers are recommended to take-out at the Lower Loop bench to hike back to the put-in as it’s a long float downstream to the next designated access point.
Be a Good Neighbor • No amplified music or sound systems. From Gunsight Bridge to the Rec Path is a quiet float zone due to critical wildlife habitat. • Float in groups of six people or fewer. Please space out from other groups when you launch and let faster groups float through while on the river.
Respect private property and do not trespass. In Colorado, private property includes the shore, bank and even the bottom of the river. Please stay on your watercraft and do not trespass.
Please leave your dogs at home. Due to high probability of trespass, it is recommended to not float with your furry friend. Dogs are legally not permitted to put-in or take-out on river at Rec Path Bridge. • No litter, pack out trash. No glass containers. • Do not use river bank as a toilet, go to the restroom before you float!
Go With the Flow Make sure you are comfortable with conditions, and float at your own risk. The Slate River is snow-melt driven; peak flows can lead to dangerous conditions, and by mid-late summer, the water level becomes too low to float and trespassing is inevitable. It is your responsibility to avoid trespassing by checking conditions before heading out. It’s suggested to talk to local shop and outfitter personnel about the current conditions.
Be Prepared Be prepared for long stretches through private property where you cannot exit your craft, as well as long stretches without a public restroom. Dress for cold water swim and changing weather. Wear a life vest and secure foot gear. You may encounter logs, beaver dams, rocks and strong currents.
River Fences and Cows We share this area with local ranchers and their cattle. Fences are needed to keep cattle from wandering. When you encounter a river fence (made of white plastic), please hold tight and float underneath the fence; it is designed for this purpose! If you encounter any cows near the river, show them the same respect you would any other user.
Wildlife The Slate River wetlands provides a fragile refuge for resident and migratory wildlife, including, elk, Great Blue Heron and waterfowl. Please note that the stretch of river from Gunsight Bridge to the Rec Path bridge has a voluntary no-float period from March 15- June 21st due to the critical nesting period of the Great Blue Heron rookery. After June 21st, to help maintain this habitat, please float respectfully and quietly. Wait at the Lower Loop bench to regroup and begin extra quiet travel through the rookery. Watch for the signs that indicate you’re traveling through their home.