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Safety Guidelines

For your maximum safety and enjoyment while visiting our waterpark, please keep the following guidelines in mind.


Please obey the lifeguards at all times. They are staffed so that you may experience our rides to the utmost enjoyment while remaining safe. For your safety, the facility routinely conducts drills and Vigilance Awareness Training using under water mannequins and live actors to simulate emergency situations. Don’t be surprised to see our lifeguards identifying and rescuing a lifelike mannequin rescue doll as this type of training prepares our lifeguards to better respond should an actual emergency occur. For further information, see a waterpark manager.


The waterpark is exclusive to our guest use only. Wristbands must be worn by anyone ages 3 and over entering the waterpark – no exceptions. General Rules That Apply Throughout the Waterpark:

  • Please obey the rules provided by signs and staff.
  • Parents: your child’s safety is a shared responsibility. Lifeguards are provided for monitoring the safety of all guests and should not be considered supervision for your child.
  • Children under the age of 18 should be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.
  • Breakable containers, coolers, and carry-in food or beverages are prohibited.
  • Towels must stay in the waterpark
  • Proper swim attire is required. Denim and suits with rivets, buckles or zippers are not permitted.
  • Diaper wearing guests are asked to wear a protective swim diaper. Please see a Pack Member for assistance.
  • Diaper changing facilities are located in the locker rooms. Please do not use public areas.
  • Parents: take children to the restroom often. Polluting pools causes an unhealthy condition. Do not pee or poop in the pool.
  • To keep our pools clean for everyone, please shower before and after using the pool.
  • Diving is not allowed in any pool.
  • U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. All other inflatable devices are prohibited. Courtesy life jackets are provided on a first come basis and must remain in the waterpark.
  • Guests less than 48 inches tall and weak or non-swimmers should wear a life jacket.
  • Children under the height restriction may not ride on the slides with an adult (may not ride on the adult’s lap)
  • Great Wolf Lodge is not responsible for items lost, damaged or stolen. Lockers are available for rent.
  • Guests with physical challenges should see the Aquatics Manager on Duty for assistance. Wheelchairs and other devices can be utilized for access to the attractions but must be removed from water over 6 inches deep so as not to create an entrapment hazard for other guests.
  • Additional rules may vary for each attraction and are posted at each location.
  • For your safety, you should be in good health to ride. Only you know your physical conditions or limitations. If you suspect your health could be at risk for any reason or you could aggravate a pre-existing condition of any kind, DO NOT PARTICIPATE!
  • There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any amusement ride or attraction. You have a duty to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner while participating on the ride or attraction and to obey all oral and/or written warnings. You also have a duty to properly use all ride or attraction safety equipment provided.


Triple Twist (Tube Slide)

  • Triple Twist is a tube ride with splashes, quick acceleration, steep drops, and a landing pool finish
  • Guests must be at least 48” tall to ride
  • Only double tubes are permitted and have a maximum weight limit of 400 pounds
  • Loose items such as hats and visors are not permitted and eyeglasses must be secured
  • Guests are permitted to wear life jackets while riding
  • This ride is recommended for guests in good health and good physical condition
  • Pregnant women, guests with heart conditions, guests with neck or back problems, and guests under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not participate


Howling Wolf (Toboggan-style Ride)

  • Guests under 48" tall must be accompanied by an adult
  • This slide is designed for no more than three riders and a maximum weight limit of 600 pounds. Heavier riders will ride towards the rear of the boat.
  • Correct riding position requires guests to be seated in the tube, facing forward in the direction of travel
  • Exit splash pool quickly to the sides
  • Guests are not allowed to sit at the end of the slide


Chinook Cove (Activity Pool)

  • Parents should accompany small children and weak or non-swimmers should wear a life jacket
  • Running, diving, rough play and splashing are not permitted
  • Do not shoot basketballs from outside the pool or designated area
  • Do not dunk basketballs or hang on the rims
  • No shaking, twisting of, or standing on floatable (snake and log)
  • No flippers, snorkels, or toys allowed in the pool


Big Foot Pass

  • The Lily pads are a one-way activity and only one guest at a time per Lily pad
  • Guests under 48” tall should be accompanied by an adult and wear a life jacket
  • No climbing on ropes
  • Guests must exit water area immediately after falling off pads (Guests cannot get back on or swim in this area)


Alberta Falls (Tube Slide)

  • Guests under 42” tall must be accompanied by an adult. Infants and small toddlers are not permitted.
  • Single riders may ride in a single inner tube or in the rear of a double inner tube
  • Single tube, one rider only. Double tube, no more than two riders with heavier rider sitting in the rear.
  • Correct riding position requires guests to remain seated in the hole, facing forward, and grasping the handles throughout the course of the ride. Stopping, changing positions, or forming chains is not permitted.
  • Guests must exit splash pool quickly; steps for exit only (entering/sitting not allowed)
  • Life jackets are permitted on this ride
  • 250 lbs maximum on a single inner tube, 400 lbs maximum on a double tube


Crooked Creek

  • Guests are not permitted on the island in the river
  • No piling/stacking tubes
  • No rough play, flipping, or pushing of tubes
  • Life jackets are permitted


Fort Mackenzie

  • The water bucket dumps over 700 gallons of water. Use caution when standing directly under the bucket area.
  • Running, hanging, or swinging on ropes is not permitted
  • No age/height limit
  • Please do not bend or cover hoses to spray guests on deck
  • Banging toys together is not permitted


Totem Towers (Body Slides)

  • One rider on slide at a time
  • Guests under 42” tall must be supervised by an adult
  • Correct riding position requires guests to remain on their back, feet first with legs crossed at the ankles and arms crossed over the chest throughout the course of the ride. Stopping, changing positions, and forming chains is not permitted.
  • Exit slides run-out quickly to the sides
  • Life jackets are permitted on this ride
  • Guests are not allowed to sit at the end of the slide


Cub Paw Pool (Kiddie Pool)

  • Guests must be less than 48” tall to play unless accompanied by a child
  • No running, jumping, or diving
  • Water toys and furniture are not allowed in zero-depth pool


Whooping Hollow

  • Guests must be less than 48” tall or accompanied by a child
  • Children under 48” tall must be supervised by an adult
  • One person at a time
  • Remain seated feet first and in an upright position throughout the course of the ride. No head first or belly sliding allowed.
  • Parents or guardians supervising their children may catch children at the bottom and exit landing area quickly
  • Life jackets are permitted on this ride


Manitoba Tubs (Hot Tubs)

  • No jumping or diving
  • No climbing on rocks
  • Proper swimming attire is required
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the lower hot tub
  • Must be 21 or older to be in the upper hot tub
  • Infants, small toddlers, elderly guests, pregnant women, and guests with heart conditions or diabetes should not enter the hot tub without prior medical consent and permission from their doctor
  • Observe reasonable time limits (10-15 min). Long or repetitive use may result in nausea, dizziness, or fainting.


Thunder Bay (Seasonal Outdoor Pool)

  • Thunder Bay outdoor pool will be open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend. Daily operating hours are 10:00AM to dusk, weather permitting. On days below 70 degrees, Thunder Bay will not open.
  • Wristbands must be worn at all times unless under the age of 3; this includes spectators.
  • No jumping, running, or diving
  • No carry-in food or coolers allowed in outdoor pool area
  • No dunking or hanging on basketball rims or nets
  • Enter and exit the pool at designated areas only
  • “Piggy Back” or shoulder riding is not allowed
  • Children must be supervised at all times
  • Water toys are not permitted in the outdoor pool
  • Life jackets are permitted
  • Protect your skin! Use a waterproof sunscreen with at least SPF 15 – even when it’s cloudy. And be sure to reapply it frequently. Sunscreen is available for purchase at the Gift Shop.


Ellis & Associates Certified Lifeguards

In an ongoing effort to ensure guest safety and satisfaction, Great Wolf Resorts™ (GWR) has partnered with Jeff Ellis & Associates (E&A), a private, outside consulting firm specializing in aquatic risk management. To keep our standards and practices at the highest levels possible, GWR will typically do a number of drills and skills tests during hours of operation. In addition to this, Ellis & Associates will perform four unannounced operational audits per year at each facility, testing them in areas of professionalism, diligence in scanning techniques and rescue skills, as well as their ability to manage an aquatic emergency. If you have any questions regarding our Risk Management Program, please feel free to contact an aquatic manager.

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