Frequently asked questions about Calamus Outfitters


The Lodges:

Q: How many rooms and beds are in each lodge?
A: Calamus Outfitters has 2 lodges: The Upper Lodge and the Lower lodge. The Upper Lodge has 5 bedrooms. Three bedrooms on the main level and two bedrooms on the lower level. The 3 bedrooms on the main level each have a double and a single bed plus a bathroom in each room. One of the three is handicapped accessible with a handicap bathroom. In the lower level one bedroom has 1 full bed plus a bathroom in the room, and the other room has a double and single with the bathroom outside of the room. Also on the lower level is a sleeping room with 3 single beds and 1 queen bed. On the main level are the kitchen, great room and extra bathroom. Also the upper lodge has a front deck and a back deck. The Lower Lodge has 5 bedrooms. Four bedrooms on the main floor and one upstairs. Each bedroom has 2 queens and private bath. The great room and kitchen are in one room. The Lower Lodge has a covered front porch.


Q: How many bathrooms in each lodge?
A: Each lodge has 6 bathrooms.


Q: Do we need to bring towels and linens?
A: All towels and linens are provided. Bring your own towels for the lake and river.


Q: Is there a grill available?
A: Each lodge has a charcoal grill.


Q: What's in the kitchen?
A: Upper Lodge: Gas cooking stove, refrigerator, dish washer, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, silver, cooking pots and pans, etc.
Lower Lodge: Electric cooking stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, some dishes, silver, limited cooking pots and pans.


Q: Does each room have a TV?
A: Each lodge has a TV in the great room. No TV's in the bedrooms.


Q: Can we bring our dog?
A: We do not allow dogs at Calamus Outfitters. Hunters may bring dogs during a scheduled hunt. Inside dog kennels are available for hunting dogs. No dogs are allowed in the lodge or cabins.


Q: Can we have music around the campfire?
A: No. Only some one playing the guitar and singing is allowed. No car radios, boom boxes etc. Calamus Outfitters offers a peaceful setting to our guests. The other guests staying with us do not want to hear your music.


Q: Are the rooms non-smoking?
A: All cabins and rooms are non-smoking rooms. Please smoke outside. Please dispose of cigarette butts in proper receptacles.


Q: Can we bring our ATV's ?
A: We do not allow ATV's at Calamus Outfitters. This rule applies to all guests, including hunters.


Q: Can we have a bon fire?
A: Fire rings are available for each lodge. You may bring your own wood or purchase wood from Calamus Outfitters. Weather restrictions may apply. Please ask before lighting your fire.


Q: Is Calamus Outfitters on the lake?
A: We are ½ mile off the Calamus Lake.



The Cabins:

Q: How many rooms and beds in each cabin?
A: Each cabin has one room plus a bathroom. Each cabin has 2 queen beds and 2 single beds. The queen and single beds are bunk beds.


Q: What's in the cabin?
A: Each cabin has a kitchenette area, with an under-counter refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. There is no cooking stove in the cabins. Limited dishes, silver, no cooking pots and pans. A small table and seating for 6 is also in each cabin.


Q: Are they air conditioned?
A: Each cabin has AC, heat and a wall mounted fan.


Q: Do the cabins have TV?
A: No.


Q: Are the cabins close together?
A: The cabins are all in one area, so if you are renting 2 or more cabins you will be close together.


Q: Are the cabins on the lake or river?
A: The cabins are approximately ½ mile off of the Calamus Lake and River.


Q: Do we need to bring towels and linens?
A: Towels and linens are provided. Bring personal towels for the lake and river.


Q: Is a grill available?
A: Each cabin has a charcoal grill and picnic table. Charcoal and lighter fluid are available in the Valleyview General Store at the Outfitters.


Q: Can we bring our dog?
A: We do not allow dogs at Calamus Outfitters. Hunters may bring dogs during a scheduled hunt. Inside dog kennels are available for hunting dogs. No dogs are allowed in the lodge or cabins.


Q: Are the rooms non-smoking?
A: All cabins and rooms are non-smoking rooms. Please smoke outside. Please dispose of cigarette butts in proper receptacles.


Q: Can we have a bon fire?
A: One fire ring is available in the cabin area. You may bring your own wood or purchase wood from Calamus Outfitters. Weather restrictions may apply. Please ask before lighting your fire.



River Trips:

Q: What river do we float down?
A: We run all river trips on the Calamus River.


Q: Where do we go?
A: All river guests check-in at the Valleyview General Store which is located at the Calamus Outfitters headquarters. From there you will go to the Calamus River.


Q: How does the shuttle work?
A: River guests will follow the shuttle bus to the landing area where your river trip will end. You will leave your vehicle in the parking lot and board the bus, which will take you to the beginning of your float trip. After you have reached the end of your trip you will have your vehicle at the landing.


Q: How deep is the river?
A: The Calamus River averages 12 to 36 inches in depth with some sand bars and some deep holes.


Q: Is the river safe for families?
A: The Calamus River has no rapids, no rocks. It has a good stream flow, but not too fast. It is a very family friendly river.


Q: Can we stop along the way?
A: Yes, you can stop along the river on some sandy banks.


Q: Are there restrooms along the way?
A: No.


Q: Does a guide go with us?
A: Our river trips are not guided.


Q: What do we do about our reservation if the weather is bad?
A: If the weather is storming with lighting, we do not put you out on the river. You may schedule another trip for a later date and use the deposit you have down. Deposits do not carry over to the next year.


Q: Can we bring our dog?
A: Yes, dogs can go in the tanks or canoes. No dogs with tubes only. No dogs in the store or lodges.



Tanking and Tubing:

Q: What is a tank?
A: Our tanks are blue plastic round stock tanks eight feet in diameter. Each tank has built-in benches around the inside of the tank for seating. The middle of the tank is open for coolers, etc.


Q: How many people in a tank?
A: We recommend 4 average adults to a tank plus coolers. The weight of the passengers is more important than the number. The lighter the tank, the better float trip you will have. Two adults and 4 smaller children would fit just fine also.


Q: How long is the float trip?
A: Calamus Outfitters offers 2 hour and 5 hour tank and tube trips. Time will vary with the number of stops you make, the weather conditions, etc.


Q: What is the cost?
A: On Saturdays, tanks are $75.00 for 5-hour trip, $65.00 for 2-hour trip. Sunday-Friday, tanks are $65.00 for either a 5 or 2-hour trip. A one-day river tube rental is $20.00 including tax, with cooler tubes available for $10.00. You can bring your own personal tube for $20.00. Included is the price is shuttle, life vests and poles for the tanking.


Q: How big are the tubes?
A: All Calamus Outfitters' tubes are single person tubes.


Q: Do you have cooler tubes and what is the charge for them?
A: Our cooler tubes are $10.00 per tube.


Q: Can we bring our own tubes?
A: We have a shuttle charge of $10.00 per personal tube. Size restrictions may apply.



Canoeing:

Q: How long are the canoeing trips?
A: Calamus Outfitters offers 3 hour up to 8 hour trips.


Q: How many people in a canoe?
A: Two adults. A small child can ride in the middle with 2 adults.


Q: What kind of canoes do you have?
A: We have both aluminum and fiberglass canoes.


Q: Does Calamus Outfitters have kayaks?
A: We now have eight kayak's available for use.


Q: What is the cost?
A: Canoes are $37.00/day. The kayak is $27.00/day.