Our Story

Since 1992, Endless River Adventures has been shaking up the industry with our vision, innovation and willingness to think outside the box. We combine the best of outdoor adventures: whitewater rafting, kayaking, fly fishing and international travel.

Success in the Quality of Service

Endless River Adventures Pledge (written in 1993)

Our Vision

Endless River Adventures owes its inspiration to the world’s greatest natural resource: rivers. Through this inspiration we dedicate ourselves to providing services and experiences which encourage others in the participation, understanding and appreciation of rivers and the out-of-doors.

Our Purpose

The purpose of Endless River Adventures is to provide you with services, insights and experiences which will help you kindle your own sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural resources that surround you.

Our Goal 

Our goal is to set a standard of excellence in servicing the public; to continually improve the quality of our services; creating an environment that welcomes all by performing in a manner warranting the highest degree of public confidence in our services.

USDA-Forest Service Nondiscrimination Statement

We are licensed by the U.S. Forest Service to operate on the following rivers: the Nantahala, Ocoee, Cheoah and Chattooga for whitewater rafting and kayak instruction, as well as the Nantahala for fly fishing. The U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employ

History of Endless River Adventures

hhhWhen we wrote our company pledge in 1993, we never knew how true our words would be: “through the inspiration of rivers, we dedicate ourselves to providing services and experiences which encourage others in the participation, understanding and appreciation of rivers and outdoor recreation.”

Endless River Adventures is a true “built from the ground up” company. Founders Ken Kastorff and Juliet Jacobsen Kastorff began the company in 1992, starting the operation out of their own house.

From the Nantahala Gorge to Costa Rica to Ecuador
In 1993 we began construction of our outpost—the plans drawn up by Ken on a pad of graph paper. We began construction of the outpost in April of 1993, and with the help of a handful of friends we were all-but-finished by July of the same year.

Kayak Instruction, Rafting, Fly Fishing, Lake Touring, Outfitters Store
With the completion of our outpost in the Nantahala Gorge, we branched out from kayak instruction, adding whitewater rafting – first on the Nantahala River, followed by rafting on the Ocoee, and becoming one of only two outfitters to hold a permit for rafting and kayaking on the Cheoah River. We expanded our international trips to include both Costa Rica and Ecuador. Fly Fishing is also a key component in getting people outside. We are permitted by the US Forest Service to offer float the Nantahala River. Kayak lake touring was introduced to offer those looking for less adrenaline-packed activities. Our Boaters store and Fly Fishing Loft have become recognized as an Outfitters Store that is stocked and staffed by river enthusiasts.

Building a world class ecolodge in Ecuador
Making an investment into the communities we work with extends beyond the borders of western North Carolina. In 2010 we celebrated groundbreaking of cabins, sauna, nature reserve and lodge in Ecuador. The Rio Quijos EcoLodge is located alongside the Quijos River (one of the main headwaters to the Amazon out of Ecuador). The property is registered with the “media ambiente” creating a long-term legacy in country. We hope that the RioQuijos Ecolodge helps set a standard and helps the community expand on the treasure they have.

Our true strength lies in our staff
We can never say it enough – our staff is a hand-picked group of river professionals that shares our commitment to you. Each staff member that has worked here has left his/her own imprint on Endless River Adventures. And together we all take pride in the fact that we do not rest on our reputation, but work as hard now to keep your respect and trust as we did to originally earn it.

Our Commitment to Community Involvement
We embrace the opportunity to provide outdoor recreation experiences for all. When we have been asked to give something back to the community, it has been our pleasure! We believe in community involvement at both the local and international level. Our involvement such things as:

  • Supporting Team River Runner
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Nantahala Racing Club
  • Corporate Sponsor of the Nantahala Kids Club
  • Hosting the Nantahala Open
  • Participating in the Adopt-a-Highway program in the Nantahala Gorge
  • Working with Cherokee Choices
  • Providing outdoor opportunities to the Big Brothers. Big Sisters program
  • Supporting Paddling Club efforts such as the GCA’s Tallulah volunteer program and river clean ups.
  • Working with Whitewater Healing – providing access to the Nantahala for kids with autism
  • Corporate sponsor of the non-profit Need More Outdoors, with a goal of strengthening western North Carolina communities with a focus on empowering local youth
  • Providing equipment and training to community members in Ecuador
  • Supporting Ecuadorian Rivers Institute in working to protect the rivers of Ecuador
  • Providing support to the Quijos River Project – bringing local youth to the river.

Spending time with us can be a catharsis to the reality of hectic schedules and lack of quality time together in a busy world.
Whether it is spending time with us in the Nantahala Gorge or floating down a river in Costa Rica or Ecuador,
you will find that time with us helps change your life pace for the better!
We have worked hard to create an environment in which
you will always be welcome when you walk through our doors!