The Lost River of the Ozarks

The Lost River is a typical river rapids ride. The ride is a favorite of families at SDC, since the rafts can seat just about anyone, and the lack of forces combined with a thrilling and fun experience allow anyone to be able to ride enjoyably. Even grandparents can enjoy this classic trip down a rushing Ozarkan stream.
The Lost River took the place of another guest favorite in 1985: Rube Dugin’s Diving Bell, which was an extremely well-done simulator that took guests on a wild chase through Lake Silver. Why SDC chose to replace the highly-popular Diving Bell with the Lost River when it could have been built elsewhere on SDC’s massive campus is beyond me, but the fact that the Diving Bell had bad guest through-put was the main excuse given by the park. Anyway, the Lost River has always been a focal attraction at the park, and is known for holding the longest lines in the park even with its great efficiency.

The Lost River starts off with a hidden dip out of the station, which propels the rafts around a bend and into a small belt-driven lift. From here, the ride goes through a series of small dips, rapids, and water cannons, which are sure to get everyone on the raft at least somewhat wet. Eventually, the rafts head into a cave, of which the entrance is loaded with some vicious rapids. Inside the tunnel, you’ll find a few more rapids and a skull that hangs over the river and drops water on riders. The tunnel eventually ends right back in the station. I believe this tunnel was once part of the Diving Bell, and I’ve heard that if you look hard enough, you can see signs of the old ride.

The Lost River isn’t a scare-you-out-of-your-pants type of ride, but it does have quite a few thrills, all of which are taken with a maximum dosage of fun. The height requirement is a mere 36 inches, so the entire family can enjoy this together, even some of those old fogies.