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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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If you're looking for a family adventure this summer that puts a smile on everybody's face... experience the Mississippi on a kayak!

It all starts with a call to Twin Cities Kayaking: 612-708-2781

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Twin Cities Kayaking is on the Mississippi so much even the Google satellite picks us up at the boat launch.

When you want to go with someone that knows the river...we are the ones to call. No one gives you the experience we do!

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You've heard of it...
You've thought about it...
Your friends have done it...
Now it's 'YOUR' turn for—
"The Minnehaha Creek Kayaking Adventure!"

2.5 - 3 hours of beautiful scenery and memory making fun! --- 4 unique adventures to choose from!

When you go on the Minnehaha you want t...

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Team Building on the Mississippi...

Jun 1, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020

Like your business—the River is always in motion! So unless your team is working's easy to miss your mark!

Staging on the Mississippi for a picture like this requires the ultimate in teamwork...every person on your team 'must' work together to get that one time shot at success!


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See the City from the Mississippi... Just $69*

Jun 1, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020

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

6 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 6 big miles of normally ...

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Wednesday's on the Water!

Jun 3, 2020 – Oct 28, 2020

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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2 weeks ago
John was a great host and guide on the Rum River. The trip felt well organized and you could tell everyone was at ease and having fun. Great value for the price.
- Nick S
10 months ago
My husband and I took a Mississippi paddle tour with John in June and had a wonderful time. It was our first time on the big river and he made the trip smooth and enjoyable. He is a great guide, sharing facts about everything we saw on our route. Very accommodating of both older and younger paddlers as well. I highly recommend John and Twin Cities Kayaking!
- Tamara N
4 months ago
This review is a long time coming, but Twin Cities Kayaking was GREAT!! The guide was very accommodating and helpful. It was suggested a nice place to go and all the needed gear was supplied. We were even offered bottles of water from his personal supply, because of my lack of planning. We would definitely go again. Thank you so much!!
- Jesse M

"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 $69 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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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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