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Twin Cities Kayak Rental and Tour Guide

Kayak and Paddle board rental and Adventure tour guide in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We Delivery and Pick up Kayaks for you.
Opening at 9:00 AM
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See the City from the Mississippi... Just $59*

Jun 9, 2019 – Oct 31, 2019

Experience the city shores like you've never seen before.

5 mile - 2+ Hour Guided Trip into Downtown Minneapolis.

- See Islands of Peace
- Go under Hwy 694
- See the Great Blue Heron Rookery up close.
- Go under Camden, Lowry, Broadway and Plymouth Ave. Bridges!
- Over 5 big miles of normally ...

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Wednesday's on the Water!

Jun 12, 2019 – Aug 28, 2019

2 hours for $20 at beautiful Lake Johanna in Arden Hills every Wednesday afternoon/evening during the Summer! Must RSVP before noon. Call John @ 612-708-2781

Need to come earlier? Call to arrange.

Want to Paddle Board? 2 hrs for $25
Must RSVP before noon.

Free introductory lesson with eith...

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We make special events fun by delivering Kayaks and paddleboards to you...when and where you want them!

Tell us what you need and we'll work to get it done! Want some help laying out a perfect kayaking adventure for your group? Just call John...

- Friends and family outings
- Corporate manageme...

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End your Mississippi River adventure with an ice cold beer from Pryes Brewing...on the house!!!

When you do your next river adventure with a guided tour or a kayak rental from Twin Cities Kayaking you will receive a special token good for one free beer at Pryes Brewing. Located across the river...

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We now have beautiful Wavestorm paddle boards to deliver for your fun. Just $20 per hour, delivered free to the listed lakes with standard minimums.

When you run the Mississippi with Twin Cities Kayaking, you now enjoy a 20% discount on your tab that day.


Additional Services

  • Kayak Repair

    If you have a rotomolded plastic kayak with a hole or deep gouge I can weld it for you.
  • Kayak Shuttle

    Do you need someone to meet you at the end of your route and carry your kayaks back to your launch point? I can carry up to 10 kayaks and gear for you.


a week ago
We had a great time w John for a day on the river. The grandkids each had their own kayak secured to the back of an adult boat, so they felt like masters of their own ships! Stopped for lunch on an island for additional nature fun. Would highly recommend.
- Cindy S
6 days ago
My husband and I rented kayaks from John at a pop-up on Lake Victoria last Friday. I'd joined his Facebook page to keep an eye out for the events and sure enough, there it was! We had a great time - John showed us the basics since we were pretty rusty, recommended a couple of routes around the lake, and even tossed us some cold water bottles when we came back about an hour later so we didn't have to get out of the water and head to our car. He seems to have a huge amount of knowledge about local kayaking spots so I'm looking forward to being a part of the group and renting from him again.
- Megan V
2 weeks ago
Had a fantastic time! John was great to work with recommending the best option for our group of 7, being flexible by adjusting the time, considering weather and location to ensure the best possible experience.
- Greg D

"We Deliver Fun!"

Hello-- I’m John Schulte...

Welcome to my kayaking rental and tour guide site.

During much of the spring, summer and fall, I take people out kayaking and paddle boarding.

I show them cool places that most people don’t even know exist. Most of these wonderful places seem 100 miles away but are right here in the Twin City Metro area. (See pictures below.)

Kayaking is fun and easy to only need to love to be on the water and exploring.

Some of the good-time things we can do on the water…

- Fun with Friends - Paddle or Float
- Romantic Evening Floating
- Birthday Gift
- Family Vacation Trip
- Family Reunions
- Corporate Team Building
- Employee Reward
- Bachelor Parties
- Bachelorette Parties
- Company coming to the lake home and not enough boats

---- Kayaks and Paddle Boards Delivered to you!!! ---

With my kayak rental program...I deliver the kayaks to you and pick them up when you're done. So you don't have to worry about borrowing a big vehicle or tying them to the top of your car.

All you need to do is rent four kayaks for 2 or more hours.

The cost for non-guided rental is just $15 per hour per kayak during the week, and $18.75 on weekends. This includes the paddle and PFD...and FREE Delivery to the lakes and river runs listed below. (If the place you want kayaks delivered to is not listed, just call/text me for a delivery/pick up quote.)

Free Kayak rental delivery and introduction to kayaking at these lakes.
- Silver Lake, in Columbia Heights
- Long Lake, in New Brighton
- Lake Johanna, in Arden Hills
- Lake Josephine, in Roseville
- Lake Owasso, in Shoreview
- Turtle Lake, in Shoreview
(Join this facebook group for the latest lesson dates and times.

FREE Delivery and pick up if you are doing the lower portion of the Rice Creek Water trail. CR J (85th) and Lexington to CR I or Long Lake.

FREE Delivery for Mississippi runs between River Park in Brooklyn Park (83rd and West River Road) to any park exit before, or at Boom Island Park.

(Note: Non-guided river and creek rental requires previous paddling experience.)

If you are doing the upper portion of the Rice Creek Water Trail, there is a flat $40 delivery/pick up fee.

Typically, I guide on the Mississippi River between Coon Rapids Dam and Boom Island in Minneapolis, the middle sections of the Rice Creek Water Trail, and the lower sections of the Rum River. Other locations require a phone conversion and custom price quote. 

Most guided river trips are around 2-3 hrs. This is dependent on the distance, how much time people like/want to explore... like visiting islands on the river, swimming, having lunch or liquid refreshments...etc. Each trip is really customized to the people going.

NOTE: If you want shore lunch provided and cooked for you, that is extra.

I do put on special group kayak introductions at some of the local Twin City lakes listed above for a small $20 fee per participant. (kayaks provided) To be notified of these introductory events please join the Twin Cities Paddle Club on Facebook. Our current weekly special is on Wednesdays at Lake Johanna 4pm to 8:30pm

If you would like to do a guided kayak trip, I specialize doing the Mississippi River (Since around 1975,) just $59 per person; with a 4 person minimum.

I also do guided trips on the Rice Creek water trail, and sections of the Rum River.

Note: The lower section of Rice Creek (Long Lake to the Mississippi) is dependent on water levels and no reported downed trees.

A $60 dollar deposit is required for all bookings. I run 7 days a week. If you are weekend dependent, book early as these fill out first.

You must be at least 18 years old to rent, have a valid drivers license or state ID, and a credit card for security deposit. All participants must sign a rental agreement and liability waiver.

If your trip day has heavy rain, with no real chance of clearing, it will be rescheduled to the next available date.

I accept cash or checks...and also credit cards with a small convenience fee.

If you have any questions, just let me know. 612-708-2781

When you go kayaking with me you 'will' have fun. To me you are more than a are my guest. That's why so many people go with me over and over again.

If you're not ready to book a date but want to meet others with similar interests, come and join the Twin City Paddle Club group I manage:

Outside of the many Google Reviews; you can read additional reviewshere:


John Schulte

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  • (612) 708-2781

Business Hours

Mon:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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