Half Day Lake Climbing and Kayaking

Make a Boat Your Floating Basecamp While You Climb at Summersville lake

Challenging and unique!

On a typical rock climbing day, we hike to a cliff, suit up and run our base of operations, so to speak at the bottom of the cliff. But Summersville lake climbing is a bit, shall we say, different. For one thing, at most of the cliffs, there is no dry land, hence, no base of operations… unless… you have a pontoon boat. And boy do we ever.

This half day of utterly unique fun is a fantastic way to explore Summersville Lake, which is striking in its beauty, and a half day is just enough time to, ahem, get your feet wet. 40-70-foot tall cliffs come right to the water's edge and then continue several meters to the bottom of the lake. By floating under them on a pontoon boat, you can bring your little island with you wherever you go! Imagine climbing 70 feet up, with the sparkling green water and a boat that likes like it's about the size of a postage stamp below!

So, why do we categorize this trip as a water adventure? Because in our multisport lake journey, we also bring kayaks and SUPs. As unique as it is to explore the Summersville cliffs vertically, it's just as much fun to paddle around and explore every little crystal-clear cove you can find!

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Half Day






Youth 8-12 ($10 off)


$119 - $129

Rock Climbing is a physically demanding sport, even at its easiest. Though we have access to climbing routes the tops of which most people can reach, it isn't always easy. Add to this the height, and you get an activity that is as challenging as it is thrilling. Put the water and a pontoon boat under you, and you get an experience that few people will ever get to enjoy!

What should I bring?
Comfortable shoes (flip flops are allowed on this trip!), a long sleeve shirt or jacket (for cooler days), shorts or a swimsuit depending on the weather report, rain gear for rainy or windy days, sunglasses (with neck strap), sunscreen, insect repellant (spring through fall), drinking water and a small backpack or fanny pack (optional).

What does Rivermen provide?
We provide certified instructors, of course, but also the equipment you'll need to climb, such as climbing shoes, which are for climbing only, helmets, harnesses, hardware and ropes.

How many people can you take in one group?
We can take 8 guests per boat, and we have 2 boats. We can't go over that number, because of limited space.