A little about Wildwood

Kip Vieth is a fully licensed and insured outfitting service. We are members of the Clackacraft, Scientific Anglers, Sawyer Oars, and Patagonia pro staffs. Wildwood Float Trips is licensed as a guide in Wisconsin and a business partner of the National Parks Service on the St. Croix River.

2017 Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year

The Upper Midwest Premier Smallmouth Destination! Kip Vieth fishes the banks of the Upper Mississippi River. We offer the finest guided float trips in the Upper Midwest. Kip Vieth floats the Upper Mississippi, St. Croix and other lessor known rivers in the Upper Midwest. We float these magnificent river ways from the ease and comfort of a Clackacraft drift boat


Beautiful Minnesota summers and magnificent beauty of the rivers we float provide the back drop for a day with Kip Vieth. The sheer excitement that the Smallmouth Bass and Muskies provide the fly fisherman is second to none. The reckless strikes and fight are legendary. Minnesota rivers offer the finest river Smallmouth fisheries in the country. Float Trips offers a western style fishing experience in the heart of the Midwest.


Whether its teaching someone a new technique or just chatting at lunch, rest assured you will not be disappointed with your guide. A skilled guide is more than someone to take you fishing. We are friends, teachers, and someone you can trust to give you the best day on the water humanly possible.


My passion for the outdoors is something I love to share. I have spent the last 30+ year pursuing both fin and fowl. I enjoy exposing my customers to the treasure that God has created for us. It can be the strike of a bass, the beauty of a river, or a crushing eat of the Alpha Predator, the Musky in the Autumn. Sharing with clients the gifts of the Creator is something I truly cherish. It is always my goal to pass some of those experiences and skills on to my clients.

  • Superb fly fishing!

    I have fished for smallmouth bass for more than 30 years, primarily in the Tennessee River from North Alabama to Kentucky. I have had some good days with bait-casting tackle fishing live bait and also artificials but none of those trips compare to fly fishing the upper Mississippi River with Kip Vieth of Wildwood Float Trips. For the past two years my fishing partner and I have averaged boating more than 100 quality smallmouth during each of our 2 and 1/2 day floats. Each day we had at least one smallie over five and this year two over six! Such a pleasure fishing with Kip, easy to see why he was Orvis's Freshwater Fly-fishing Guide of the year for 2017!

  • Fishing. Gourmet Food. And Fun.

    Kip opened his heart and mind to the sport he loves and shared the secrets to catching trout in Southern Minnesota. How many times do you have a caddie helping you read putts, well...Kip can read the waters and bugs like a Masters caddie!

  • Just a Great Day Out with Kip!

    Kip is knowledgeable, entertaining, and will work tirelessly to put you on fish. I’m not really sure what else one could ask for from a guide! He was patient with my 12 year old and advice that was easily understandable. My son even caught a fish casting left handed at the urging of Kip! I have been all over the world fly fishing with all types of guides (both good and bad), who would have thought one of, if not, the best operates in my backyard in MN! (Willing to look past his dislike of my Minnesota Vikings!)