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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 deliver and pick up kayaks for you.
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Two Rivers Tour - St. Paul

Sep 12, 2020 – Oct 18, 2020

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, then down around Pike Island, and past the historic Mendota Bridge to the confluence of the Mississ...

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Wednesdays on the Water!

Jun 3, 2020 – Oct 7, 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 12:30 to 1:30 just $20.

Launch times are 2:30 - 4:30 pm and 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Must ...

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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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2 months 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
4 weeks ago
Twin Cities Kayaking has changed my life. I was worried I wouldn't be able to kayak because of my weight but I desperately wanted to learn how. John and Molly gave me the skills and confidence to achieve my dream. They are the BEST! Now I'm paddling around twice a week and having so much fun. Their self-guided tours are full of beautiful scenery, nature and photo opportunities. The equipment is excellent. Their customer service is tops! I've been recommending Twin Cities Kayaking to everyone.
- Karen L
3 weeks ago
I was not even a paying customer and John STILL went out of his way to make sure my family had a great time on the water. Please, support this business! My husband, daughters, and I were putting our vintage (new to us) speedboat in at Hidden Falls while John and his colleague were collecting waivers, educating paddlers and launching them into the river. At that moment, we realized our battery had died and our boat wouldn't start! John helped us with advice, a jump start, lent a tool to us, and was so kind and helpful. I can't think of a better business to support, and can't wait to do so myself. Don't wait!
- Lindsey V

"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.

Read about us in the news.
Twin Cities Outdoors Magazine

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 beginner paddling lessons on Wednesdays at Lake Johanna in Arden Hills at 1:00 pm for a small $20 fee per participant. (kayaks and PFD's provided)

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

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. 
-- 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 $60 dollar deposit is required for all reservations that are made 15 days or more in advance or have a group of more than 6 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% service fee will be added.

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

-- We only offer single person kayaks at this time. 

-- Sit-in or sit-on-top 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.  

-- Our weekly Lineup for Fall 2020 --

Mondays & Tuesdays – See the City from the Mississippi self-guided tour. Launch times: 10:30 am till 3:30 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

Wednesdays – Lake Johanna, paddle lessons 12:30 to 1:30 $20* and Afternoon Open Rentals – 2-hrs for $20*
Lake Johanna boat launch, Arden Hills (NOTE: Call by Tues. to reserve launch time. (2:30 - 4:30 or 5:00 - 7:00 pm)
Video highlights from Lake Johanna

Thursdays – Alternating:
a: Rum River, St. Francis to Ramsey. Launching times start at 10:30 am. 4 hrs $59*
b: Kinnickinnic River, River Falls, WI. 3+ hrs $69* Launch times start at 10:30 am. Either trip 4-person minimum.
Video highlights from the Rum River
Video highlights from the Kinni

Fridays and Saturdays – Private guided or self-guided tours, various locations. Reserved for Groups of 4+ Call for details.
Video highlights from Two Rivers Tour
Video highlights Two Rivers Tour - Sunset

Sundays – Two Rivers Tour; St. Paul. Hidden Falls to Harriet Island. 2 - 3 hrs. $59* per person. Launch times start at 11:00 am. Good spot for Fall Colors. More details here: 

Rice Creek family days. Circle Pines to Shoreview. Families of 2 or more just $49* per person. Currently Closed Because of Low Water
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. Add $15 to have it cleaned for you.

On Facebook? Join this group for all things kayaking and updates.

For reservation requests please email:

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

If you want to meet others with similar interests and the outings they are doing, come and join the Twin City Paddle Club group we manage:


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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