Ryan Snodgrass

Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Downstream Adventures

A real nature-warrior at heart, Ryan is an enthusiast of pretty much everything outdoors, from whitewater boating and snowmobiling, to fishing and hunting. If it’s outdoors, count him in! With 21 years’ experience in whitewater, he has found riding rapids to be meditative, as it forces you to find peace in a moment immersed in chaos. He has competed in the Green River Narrows Race, Homestake Race, Gore Canyon Race, Upper Yough Race, and North Alabama Whitewater Festival. Ryan’s passion is offering the best whitewater experience and he won’t rest until he has built the strongest and best trained team of professional guides in the industry.

Jonathan Snodgrass

Co-Founder & Co-Owner of Downstream Adventures

Jonathan grew up in Northeast Alabama, but Colorado has been his home for the past 8 years. A real whitewater veteran, Jonathan started whitewater kayaking with his dad and brother at a young age on rivers throughout the southeast. What started as a fun summer job guiding rafts on the Ocoee River soon turned into a lifestyle choice that he still follows to this day.

In his spare time, he takes advantage of all the other outdoor recreation opportunities the great state of Colorado has to offer, such as skiing, mountain biking, and fishing. His passion is forever the water, and Jonathan’s ambition is to chase other great whitewater across the U.S. and abroad.

Casey Butler

Casey first got a taste for the water at 15, on his first boating experience with his father on the Amnicola River. After working a conventional job, he left everything behind and followed his calling, relocating from Southern to Northern Georgia at the ripe age of 24. Casey has been guiding for 13 years and is one of the most accomplished steep creek rafters in the nation. He helped to pioneer commercial rafting on the Cheoah and Chattahoochee River and has made first descents on Upper-Upper Conasauga and Roaring Fork. His goal is to tackle the Zambezi and White Nile!

Jordan Mikle

From Cleveland, Tennessee, Jordan began his guiding career on the Ocoee River during college and instantly fell in love. After guiding on various rivers for 10 years, Jordan found Clear Creek 3 years ago and hasn’t looked back! Jordan is a wilderness first responder and level 4 certified in Swift-water rescue skills; he enjoys long river trips and has tackled the Grand Canyon twice! Off the river, you might find him playing drums with his band River Funk or chilling with his dog Zephyr. His energy on the river is contagious and he doesn’t foresee himself slowing down anytime soon!

Scotty Mann

Scotty is a Texas native who has made stunning Colorado his chosen home and has guided the rivers here for 5 years. Scotty began guiding 10 years ago on the Ocoee River where he proved a real natural at kayaking and excelled in the art of running steep rapids. He boasts an impressive resume, having run many of the nation’s hardest rivers as well as raced on the Green Narrows. Scotty has advanced medical and swift water rescue training, so you can enjoy the ride as he takes you out on the river!

Rusty Caspers

Rusty is a real pro on the water, with 18 years’ guiding experience, including 2 years in Colorado. Long river expeditions are his forte; and he’s undertaken expeditions such as the Grand Canyon and Dolores River. As if that isn’t impressive enough, Rusty has gained notoriety for his skill in RC racing, and has kayaked all over the United States too! His off-duty persona is equally as impressive; he is an Eagle Scout, a master fisherman, avid-snowboarder, and a jack-of-all trades when it comes to the outdoors.

Hattie Johnson

Born near Atlanta, Hattie was lucky enough to enjoy the mountains and rivers of the southeast as a kid. With 10 years of whitewater experience, Hattie has guided from Tennessee, West Virginia, California, and has happily settled here in the Rocky Mountains. As the coordinator of the Gore Canyon Race, Hattie has been on all sides of whitewater competition. She has raced kayaks, SUPs, and in 2016 she and her raft team won the downriver National Championship. Hattie also works as a Landscape Architect, doing river restoration work around the country.

Chad Pickens

Although he was born and raised in Nashville, Chad has made the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado his home since 2008. With 14 years of boating experience, Chad is a real hand on the water. A thrill-seeker at heart, he has competed in the Green River Narrows Race 4 times, and the Oh Be Joyful and Cherry Creek Race twice each. Off the water you’ll find Chad hanging out with his dog, scuba diving, skiing, snowmobiling, and kayaking. He lives in the present and by the quote: “sometimes you won’t know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Ivan Binnings

Born right here in Colorado Springs, Ivan knows the area like the back of his hand! With an impressive resume of 13 years guiding whitewater internationally and at home, you’re in the safest company. Ivan enjoys the rewards that come from putting his passion and stewardship for wild places, nature, and history on display. With competitions under his belt such as the 2012 USA Rafting Championships and the 2013 Gore Canyon Race, he is a real adrenaline-seeker. And he doesn’t slow down off the river – in his other lives Ivan is a full-time Emergency/Trauma nurse, avid mountain-biker, skier, and general all-rounder!