Kelby Ankerson

Professional River Guide
Where did you grow up?


Where do you call home now?

All of Michigan is my home

Year started at OARS?


What’s the best part of your job?

Meeting strangers from around the world, then becoming best friends with them for the next several days; learning all about each other.

Tell us about your favorite rapid, hike or camp and what makes it special

Canoeing in the Missinaibi river system in Ontario Canada. I have never felt more isolated from civilization. Their is a great sense of peace in places like that.

What can you not live without on a trip?

My wool blanket. Keeps me warm and comfy.

Fun fact, special talent or favorite guiding memory

Me and my fellow guide had just finished cleaning up dinner on the first night of a trip when a hail and lightning storm came up fast. The clients went to their tents but ours were not set up yet so we took cover behind some logs. With winds somewhere over 30 mph we just sat and told jokes, watching the lightning go off all around us.