KODI Rafting has been taking people on guided, whitewater raft trips since 1986, and our customers love us. The reason for this is our friendly office staff and helpful, professional river guides. Many of our highly trained, raft guides have been with us for years.
KODI Rafting Owners – Dave and Amy McGrath
Dave and Amy enjoy spending their lives on the river and living in the mountains with their family. They have been rafting together since 2002 when Dave began his career as a raft guide on the Arkansas River.
The duo spent several years living and working in the area after graduating from Kansas State University. After starting a family in 2009 they set out on new adventures to reconnect with their roots, eventually returning to Colorado.
Together they share a passion for the river and are excited to pass the KODI legacy on to their daughter Danni, and son Thomas.
If Dave isn’t your raft guide, he is likely driving your bus, Thomas by his side. Amy and Danni, along with Scout the pup, will greet you when you return from your trip. Be sure to ask Danni to make you a famous smoothie in the Coffee shop!
Krista Martinson – The Top Dog/ Head Boatwoman/ Guide/ “Magical Water Sprite”
Krista, aka “Mama Wolf”, has been rafting commercially since 1998. She is known through the Valley for her longevity on the river, and for her amazing tan!
Mama Wolf has been at KODI since 1999 and is our leading lady! She heads up the KODI training program for ‘new’ guides. Her time off the water is spent in the boathouse making sure KODI is a well-oiled machine. She is a wealth of knowledge and a true asset to the boating community.
Out of all the rivers KODI rafts, her favorite section is the Numbers on the Arkansas River. Her favorite rapid up there is #6. “It is technical and the first of Class IV rapids. (Indicates the potential of your paddlers and what the rest of your day has in store)”!
She lives in Summit County with her husband, Danny, and their 3 dogs Rosco, Pigpen and Yackson. Mama Wolf is also an avid golfer, often managing to play at least 18 holes every week on top of her busy schedule. In the off-season you will find her at Copper Mountain on her snowboard or behind the bar at Jack’s. If you have the chance, be sure to ask her how many times she has rafted the Grand Canyon!
River Manager / Guide – Chas
Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Chas has been a professional river guide since 2007, and came to KODI in 2013. Chas works on the Arkansas River and is also a safety kayaker in addition to his guiding and management roles.
His favorite river to raft is the Nolichucky in NC. “It is where it all began for me, where I learned how to guide. Its where I fell in love with this sport”.
In the off-season you will find Chas guiding over-seas. Look for him in Australia on the Tully River. He has lived in Australia, Costa Rica, and New Zealand. When Chas isn’t “chasing the sun”, he is hanging with RUFUS (his famous dog), kayaking or playing the drums.
Assistant Manager / Guide – Terry
Home Town: Eureka Springs, AK
Terry’s favorite rapid is the Staircase in Brown’s Canyon. This rapid is a series of 7 succinct rapids that form a long “wave train”. It is splashy and mimics a roller coaster ride – lot’s of fun and a great way to get in some smiles before you wrap up your Brown’s Canyon raft trip.
In the “off-season” Terry is a snowmobile guide here in Colorado, just above the headwaters of the mighty Arkansas River. When he isn’t offering his guide services in the mountains or on the water, you will find him hiking the many trails here in the Rockies, on his mountain bike or on his skis!
Raft Guide – Jay
\With many years of experience under his belt, Jay navigates the rivers with confidence. Jay lives in Frisco and enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer and sons, Aiden and Samuel.
Don’t be fooled by his sense of humor, Jay will keep you safe as well as entertained while adventuring on the rivers.
Raft Guide – Stacey
Stacey has been guiding with KODI for 8 seasons, and lives in Frisco with her dog Stella, Cat named Pixxie and a betafish named Mr. Peri Winkle.
Her favorite river is the Blue (when it runs) and she likes to bake her own bread and can her own jams and pickles. Stacey is currently attending CMC for a certificate in Outdoor Education and her dream is to one day fly helicopters.
Raft Guide – Mitchell
Home Town: Lansing, MI.
Mitch joined the KODI Family in 2016 as a part of KODI’s river guide training program. His favorite stretch of river to raft is on the Arkansas River, in the Class IV stretch called The Numbers. “The Numbers provides a little bit of everything. Really exciting rapids with just enough flat water in between to relax. Great scenery and ease of access too!”
In the off season? “I’m a ski patroller at Eldora Mountain. It’s a great way to get medical experience as I continue working towards becoming a paramedic.”
Hobbies?: “I play drums. If you’re nice maybe I’ll share the name of my band. The only hobby I have other than skiing and whitewater is rock climbing.”
Fun Fact: “I was a music performance major at Michigan State University.”
Raft Guide – Dani
Home Town: Sicklerville, NJ.
Guide with KODI since 2016
When she is not traveling or taking photos, you will find her on the mountain with with young athletes as a Snowboard Coach with Team Summit. Kids really love Dani and she also works with young people as a Snowboard Instructor at Copper Mountain.
Ask this avid hot-springer where to take a dip! She know all of the sweet spots, along with some great hiking and camping spots in the area.
Favorite rapid: Zoom Floom. “I love coming up to the horizon line by the entrance of the rapid. The calm before the series of splashy drops is exciting every time. Its also funny seeing the photos that come out from this spot on the river too.”
Favorite memories: Raft Guide Training with the 2016 squadddd !
Raft Guide -Josh
Josh has worked at KODI since 2016. He hails from Minnesota!
As several of the guides here at KODI do, Josh works on several rivers that we raft. His current favorite is the Blue River. “It’s wet and wild” and a great way to spend a half day on the water!
Josh spends his winters guiding snowmobile tours here in Colorado. He will tell you he doesn’t have any hobbies aside from rafting, but we think he works pretty hard at making folks smile!