Water Warrior Island opens at Van Riper State Park

By JEFF MAKI

Journal Intern

CHAMPION — Visitors to Van Riper State Park in Champion can have a blast and make a splash at the new water park that opened Friday.

Water Warrior Island, inspired by the Ninja Warrior television series, is a floating obstacle course on Lake Michigamme that challenges participants’ agility with 20 foot-long water slides, rock walls and trampolines.

Passes to the attraction start at $18 per person, or $15 for those under age 18, for a one-hour session. Longer passes for two hours, five hours or one day are available at discounted prices ranging from $25 to $70.

Guests are invited to run, jump and swim around the course, feeling like a true ninja, according to Water Warrior Island’s website. Obstacle courses like this normally require harnesses, and falling off a rock wall or balance beam onto solid ground hurts a lot more than hitting the water.

Participants must be at least 7 years old and 4 feet tall, and minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Before each session, a 15-minute safety orientation is given and lifejackets are distributed. Additionally a waiver must be signed by all attendees. The ability to swim in the 7- to 12-feet-deep water is mandatory for the safety of visitors.

Refreshments are available to purchase in the park at the concession stand and a food truck. Reservations are not required, but are recommended as passes are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Water Warrior Island will be open 10-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10-8 p.m. Friday through Saturday, weather permitting. The attraction will stay open until Sept. 4.

Water Warrior Island is located at 851 County Road AKE. Reservations can be made online at waterwarriorisland.com.