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Twin Cities Kayak Rental and Tour Guide

Kayak rental and adventure tour guide in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We deliver and pick up kayaks for you. Including Tandems!
Opening at 9:00 AM
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Quick Info for Booking Trips and Rentals

May 1, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022

To request a reservation, email All reservations are completed through email.

When emailing a reservation request please include: your full name, phone number, number of people (mention if you have children and/or need a tandem kayak), the day you want to go and ...

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See the City from the Mississippi - Just $49*

May 1, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022

Minneapolis tour...

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

8+ mile - 2.5 - 3 hr. self-guided trip into Downtown Minneapolis. (Tour Map Provided) All skill levels welcome. This section of the Mississippi is designated as a National River and Recreation Area.

Starts at Rive...

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Friends & Family Party Package

May 1, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022

Throw a kayaking party on the cheap...

6 kayaks, vests and paddles for 2 hrs - delivered to Lake Johanna in Arden Hills, Lake Josephine in Roseville, or Silver Lake in Columbia Heights... just $199.00 +tax Monday - Friday*

Add more people at just $30 each.

* Weekends and Holidays, call for av...

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Special Fall Lock and Dam Trip

Sep 19, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022

Just in time for the fall colors we are now offering a new trip through Minneapolis and St. Paul.

We start at Bohemian Flats in Minneapolis, travel down through the gorge and through the Lock and Dam #1 to finish at Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul.

This is a guided group outing, with a minimum s...

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Two Rivers Tour - St. Paul

May 1, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022

Our fabulous new river trip takes you from the historic Hidden Falls Park, down the Mississippi River to a little known channel through Fort Snelling State Park that leads into the Minnesota River and around Pike Island. Then you'll pass by the 1926 Mendota Bridge to the confluence of the Mississ...

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Wednesdays on the Water!

Jun 1, 2022 – Oct 5, 2022

The best deal in town for lake kayaking. 2 hours for just $20 at beautiful Lake Johanna in Arden Hills every Wednesday afternoon/evening during the Summer! You can bring your entire family!

Launch times are 3:30 - 5:30 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Must RSVP to guarantee a spot.

Beginner paddle lesso...

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Rice Creek Family Day!

May 1, 2022 – Oct 31, 2022

Sunday Family Special. This self-guided special starts in Circle Pines and ends in Shoreview. The cost is just $49 per person when you clean your own kayak at the end, (or add $15 for cleaning.) This trip is a relaxing 2.5 - 3 hours and includes: kayak, paddle and life-vest. We deliver and pick ...

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Rum River - Wilderness in the Metro

May 1, 2022 – Oct 23, 2022

The Rum River is a hidden gem for kayaking that feels remote but is less than an hour away from both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

We launch at Rum River North County Park in St. Francis, and travel down to Rum River Central Regional Park in Ramsey. This self-guided trip takes most groups about 3.5...

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Looking for something short, sweet and fun to do with your friends or family? We are now taking reservations for our kid-friendly Picnic and Paddle.

The self-guided kayak outing starts at River Park in Brooklyn Park and ends at Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley.

Along the way, stop at the I...

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7 months ago
John provides a stellar service with very personal attention to detail. Our trip came with a quick paddling primer, map, and our guide was waiting for us at pickup and drop off. We saw a stunning stretch of river and wildlife, would go again in a heartbeat!
- Dylan S
8 months ago
Thank you John and Molly! We had an awesome paddle down the Mississippi, on the Minneapolis city tour. Saw two adult bald eagles, and countless great blue herons, and cormorants. Also some cool views of the city from the river. The service was flawless, easy, and your host is friendly, informative, and stoked on paddling which is great! Thanks again guys!
- John W
9 months ago
Twin Cities Kayaking made our family paddle on the Mississippi River easy and informative. John and Molly are great!
- Sarah S

"We Deliver Fun!"

Hello-- I’m John Schulte...welcome to Twin Cities Kayaking; where we deliver kayaks to you and then pick them up.

We have regular featured adventures you can go out on all week, located at cool places that most people don’t even know exist. These wonderful places seem 100 miles away but are right here in the Twin City Metro area. (See our weekly schedule, trip posts and pictures below.)

Kayaking is fun and easy to only need to love to be on the water and exploring. If you would like to take a beginner paddling lesson, please check out our weekly family special; 'Wednesdays on the Water' event posted below. 

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

With our kayak rental program...we 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.

If you have special kayaking requests just let us know. We can offer delivery and pick up of kayaks to many places in the Twin Cities Metro area.

Reservations are required. Please contact us early in your planning process. Sometimes we can fit in last minute requests, but it's always best to call well in advance of when you want to get on the water. NOTE: Tandem (2 person) kayaks must be reserved a minimum of 24 hrs in advance. 

Read about us in the news.
Twin Cities Outdoors Magazine
Trade Story about us by Aqua-Bound
Safety Interview on Channel 9 News

The majority of our outings are very family friendly requiring only basic paddling skills and are self-guided outings. But we can also accommodate those that want a bit more excitement with their adventure or want a guide to go with for breaking trail. 

Typically, we guide on the Mississippi River between Coon Rapids Dam and Boom Island in Minneapolis, where we can point out highlights along the way and tell of their significance or history. 

Most featured outings are around 3 hrs with the exception of the Rum River which is longer. Special arrangements can be made if you want to make a day of it.

We do put on 2hr beginner paddling lessons on Wednesdays at Lake Johanna in Arden Hills at 1:00 pm for a small $40 fee per participant. (kayaks and PFD's provided) We do have family group pricing for lessons.

To stay informed of other introductory events, news and updates please follow us on Facebook.

-- Featured Adventures for 2022 --

7 days a week – See the City from the Mississippi self-guided tour. Launch times: 10:30 am till 4:30 pm.
3 hrs - $49* Start: River Park, 83rd and West River Road | End: Boom Island Park Minneapolis. Just two person minimum. (Custom launch times and alternate location deliveries are also available.) 
Video highlights from Mississippi River

NEW!! Upper Mississippi - We now have outings available on the Mississippi from Ramsey to Coon Rapids Dam, from Ramsey to the Rum River and the Rum River to the Coon Rapids dam. 

Come out and enjoy an evening paddle with us on the river Monday evenings all summer. We begin at 6 pm at River Park in Brooklyn Park and end at Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley.

Choose either a two-hour beginner paddle lesson or a self-guided paddle, just $40 per person.

Wednesdays on the Water – Lake Johanna, beginner paddle lessons 3:00 to 5:00pm $40* and Afternoon Open Rentals – 2-hrs for $20*
Lake Johanna boat launch, Arden Hills (NOTE: Call by Tues. to reserve launch time. (3:30 - 5:30 or 6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Video highlights from Lake Johanna

Kinnickinnic River, River Falls, WI. 1.5+ hrs $69* Launch times start at 10:30 am. 4-person minimum.
Video highlights from the Kinni

Rum River, St. Francis to Ramsey. Launching times start at 10:30 am. About 4 hrs $59*
Video highlights from the Rum River

Two Rivers Tour - Features Mississippi River and Minnesota River.  St. Paul. Hidden Falls to Harriet Island. 2 - 3 hrs. $59* per person. Launch times start at 11:00 am. More details here: 
Video highlights from Two Rivers Tour
Video highlights Two Rivers Tour - Sunset

Rice Creek Sunday family days. Circle Pines to Shoreview. 2 - 3 hrs. $49 Call for availability and current water conditions.
Video highlights from Rice Creek

Minnehaha Creek Runs: Call for availability and current water conditions.

*NOTE: Prices listed above reflect a $15 discount for cleaning your own kayak at the end. All supplies furnished. Add $15 to have it cleaned for you.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

-- Reservations are required for participation of any outing. If you know the trip you want to do, send your request to: Include your name, phone, number of people, and the trip you want to do. A confirmation with full details and location map links will be sent to you. 

-- We have spaced launch times for social distancing, so your arrival time for launch must be reserved. Late arrivals will go to end of launch line.

-- See event posts for more detailed descriptions of each outing. 

-- All river and creek trips require you to have 2 cars or utilize Uber or another ride share to transport you back to your car. 
-- Rentals come with kayak, paddle and Life Jacket (PFD) If you have your own favorite PFD you can bring it. 

-- All participants must sign liability waiver. Under 18 must have parental signature. 
-- Participants must portage their own kayaks when required for launch or exit. 

-- A 50% deposit is required for all reservations that are made 7 days or more in advance or have a group of 6 more people. 

-- We run 7 days a week during the summer. 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. 

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

-- We accept cash or checks...and also credit cards but a 3.5% convenience fee will be added.

-- All rentals come with a paddle and life vest. 

-- Sit-in, sit-on-top and tandem (2 person) kayaks are available!

-- We only move kayaks, not people. So you must arrange to be picked up at the end of all river trips. Most people use two cars and leave one at the end and carpool to the start; many use Uber and some bike or have friends/family drive them.

On Facebook? Follow our page for the very latest kayaking updates and outings:

Also, join this group for all things kayaking in the Twin Cities.

For reservation requests please email:

If you have any questions, just call. 612-708-2781


John Schulte

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Business Hours

Mon:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tue:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sat:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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