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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.
Open today until 5:00 PM
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Wednesdays on the Water!

Jun 3, 2020 – Oct 28, 2020

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!

Beginner paddle lessons 1:30 to 2:30 just $20.

Launch times are 3:30 - 5:30 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Must R...

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Rice Creek Family Day!

Jun 3, 2020 – Sep 30, 2020

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) with only a two person minimum. This trip is a relaxing 2.5 - 3 hours and includes: kayak, paddle and ...

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Thursdays on the Rum - Wilderness in the Metro

Jun 4, 2020 – Oct 29, 2020

The Rum River is one of the great hidden gems for remote feel kayaking that is less than an hour away from both Minneapolis and St. Paul.

We launch every Thursday at Rum River North County Park in St. Francis, and travel down to Rum River Central Regional Park in Ramsey. This 3.5 - 4 hr self-gui...

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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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a week ago
If you want an adventurous kayaking experience, exploring the beautiful twin cities, I highly recommend going through John and Twin Cities Kayaking. When we got there John was all prepared and had our kayaks and life jackets waiting for us and helped talk us through the map that he provided us. We were able to see a baby eagle that he had talked about, and took beautiful pictures of the city skyline. He was then ready to help us out of the water once we arrived at the end. He was extremely kind and helpful! Therefore, I will recommend going through Twin Cities Kayaking to any and all of my friends and family!
- Alaina T
5 days ago
Kayaking with John is always a pleasure! He loves being out on the water and his excitement is contagious. He’s a great teacher and guide. No matter your level of experience, John makes you feel confident and at ease. I highly recommend any of his trips! Today we are doing the Kinnickinnic River, but I’ve done The Rum River, Rice creek and Lake Johanna with him and it’s always amazing!
- Brianna S
a week ago
My wife and I wanted to try kayaking and found John’s Wednesday afternoon intro class on Lake Johanna. We had a great time. Everything was well organized. The equipment was good for a beginner. John and Molly were very engaging and helpful, finding time to check-in with each student and provide skill-appropriate things to try. We decided to stay for an additional rental session to test out our new skills and enjoy an evening on the lake. We will definitely be bringing friends in the future and look forward to gaining the skills and trying out some of the creek/river trips! Highly recommended!
- Jeff A

"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.

See our 2020 Summer Schedule posted below in the 'Latest' pictures section for outings and rates. Or, email: john@twincitieskayaking to request a PDF version.

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

Join this facebook group for the latest kayaking and paddle-boarding related things going on in the area.

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. Self-guided offerings for the same locations are also offered, but you should have some previous paddling experience.

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.

I do put on beginner paddling lessons on Wednesdays at Lake Johanna in Arden Hills at 1:30pm for a small $20 fee per participant. (kayaks provided)

To be notified of other introductory events, news and updates please join the Twin Cities Paddle Club on Facebook.

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. Reserved for experienced paddlers only.

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 but the bank service fee will be added.

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 reviews here:


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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