About Us

How Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters Started

About Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters

Take Advantage of Our Good Nature!

Whether on the trail or back at the lodge, my years of personal and professional experience since the early 1970s in adventure recreation and working with youth and other groups will encourage play and leisure time together to build and improve relationships. I look forward to sharing stories, the comfort that comes with paddling sky blue waters, and wonderful company around campfires.

We want to enhance the quality of your life and relationships with family and friends through outdoor recreation, leisure, play, relaxation, and adventures. This is our mission.

History of Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters.

I established my outdoors company at the turn of the century, starting out with three guest rooms and two canoe rentals. As time went on, the options expanded, and we now offer the lodge as a bed and breakfast or vacation cabin rental with 250 kayaks for rent.

As fly fishermen came to stay over the years, they wanted guides. The guides wanted a fly shop, and I opened a fly shop for them. As interest gained momentum, I added fly fishing schools and offer several each year.

We are committed to green practices.

At Kinni Creek Lodge, we practice sustainable behaviors that lead to positive results for the environment. We pride ourselves on being responsible to our environment and practicing the "leave no trace" ideology.

We are committed to our communities.

At Kinni Creek Lodge, we believe in giving back to help promote and sustain our communities, nature, recreational opportunities by making the world a better place. Here are some of our affiliations:

  • Wisconsin Innkeepers Association, Past Board Member
  • Pheasant's Forever, Lady Slippers Chapter, Past Member & Banquet Sponsor
  • Pierce County Partners in Tourism ~ 2008 President & Past President 2002
  • River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau ~ Past Board Member
  • Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, Member & Sponsor
  • Visiting River Falls, site owner
  • Trout Unlimited, Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter, Member & Banquet Sponsor

A portion of our proceeds go to the Natural Resources of Pierce and St. Croix counties via Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, Kinnickinnic & Lady Slipper's Chapters of Pheasants Forever, Duck's Unlimited, and the Kiap-TU-Wish Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Paige Olson

PAIGE OLSON "Soul Proprietor"

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Paige's love of the outdoors made the Kinnickinnic River a welcome place for her to follow her passion. Anything you need to make for an awesome experience, just ask Paige—she'd love to help you.

Adventure Travel Consultant, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Paddling & Wilderness Camping Guide, Escape Artist.

I earned my Bachelor's Degree at Colorado State University in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism. My Master of Arts Degree from Prescott College, Prescott Arizona in Adventure Education and Wilderness Leadership. I am currently getting the Third Degree from....none other than my fly fishing guides!

Recreation Resource Management, as I studied at Colorado State University for my Bachelor's degree, is the study of managing public lands and waters to provide people with quality outdoor recreation experiences. Introducing people to wilderness recreation and preservation opportunities. Finally, building a career in the growing field of ecotourism. A Green career!

My experiences in the natural world have inspired me to share with others the wisdom that comes to one’s soul and the grandeur experienced no other place in the world than in the outdoors and in the wilderness. Whether on the trail or back at the lodge my years of personal and professional experience since the early 1970's in adventure recreation and working with youth and other groups will encourage play and leisure time together to build and improve relationships. I look forward to sharing stories, the comfort that comes with paddling sky blue waters, and wonderful company around campfires.

I've been guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness since 1990. I invite you to find or customize an adventure that is right for you this year!

My work has taken me from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Northern Minnesota's Arrowhead, to the WILD WILD WEST of Coeur d'Alene Idaho, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, to the Front Range & Summit County of Colorado, the arid earth in Arizona, then back to the "Old Country" in Northwest Wisconsin. I've worked as a wilderness guide and in the hospitality industry for the past 5 decades. With roller skating, canoe camping, backpacking, downhill skiing, kayaking, fly fishing, rock climbing and mountain biking keeping me occupied I never did have time to look for a corporate cubicle!


Book Me for Speaking Engagements

Send me a email at:
guide@kinnicreek.com or call (715) 425-7378


Kinni Dipping

“A haven where the best worlds of kayaking and fly fishing come together.”
Dave Carlson
Northland Adventures

View what others are saying about the Kinnickinnic River and the Kinni Creek Lodge as a “Guestination” to treasure.

Join Paige Olson and friends on a video kayaking adventure of the Kinnickinnic River in western Wisconsin, as they paddle downstream exploring the wonders of this great resource. Video stories and articles as told by television and outdoor personalities.

“A trip down the Kinni is a real adventure for out-of-towners who don’t live near such treasures.”

Chris Nisaken

National Geographic film shoot for new pilot program, November of 2016...



National Geographic film shoot, short version clip...

Discover Wisconsin article and video about us on their website here: 

City on the Kinni - River Falls | Discover Wisconsin

Piragis Northwoods Company Boundary Waters Blog Article.
"Best Little Boating Stream in Wisconsin"

by Cliff Jacobson

Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine Article. "Rush River"
by Jeff Erickson

Minnesota Bound. "Kinni Creek"
with Laura Schara

Laura travels to River Falls for a "ladies only" day of fly fishing with KinniCreek Lodge & Outfitters and the "Broadcaster's" ladies' fly fishing club.

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Twin Cities Live. "Em’s Adventures: Kayaking"
with Emily Enberg

Emily travels about thirty minutes outside the cities to River Falls, Wisconsin to try-out kayaking for the first time.

Paige Olson, the soul proprieter of the Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters( right along the Kinnickinnic River) began her business 15 years ago so that she could share her love of kayaking. Emily has some concerns about kayaking but chatted with some other ladies that gave kayaking a try for the first time themselves.

The kayaking season runs through October and there are several different routes and time frames to choose from. Click here for more information. If you want to check it out, click here and get a $90 gift certificate – good for a 3 hour rental for two - for only $45.

Northland Adventures "Kinni Dipping"
with Dave Carlson
Follow along with Dave, Paige and guide Mike Thomas as they fly fish the Kinnickinnic, one of the Midwest's best trout streams.

Kinni Dipping from Kinni Creek on Vimeo.

Minnesota Bound "Floating the Kinni" with Bill Sherck
Travel downstream the Kinnickinnic River with Bill and Paige as they kayak and fly fish the lower Kinnickinnic River. Accompanied by fly fishing guide John Mowery, they explore what the Kinni has to offer.

Minnesota Bound - Kinni Creek from Kinni Creek on Vimeo.

Minnesota Bound "Kinni Comeback" with Belinda Jensen
Travel downstream the Kinnickinnic River with Belinda and her dad as they are guided by fly fishing guide Andy Roth.

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