I Can Paddle!

Get the family out on the water this summer! Learn paddling skills from experienced guides while exploring some of Minnesota's most stunning lakes and rivers. I Can Paddle! programs are designed especially for first-time paddlers; no experience is necessary. Afterwards, you and your family will be ready to launch your own paddling adventure.

  • Use of a canoe/kayak/paddleboard, plus paddles and life jackets.
  • Small group sizes—you'll get the attention you need to develop your skills.
  • No experience necessary; all equipment provided.
  • Great for families!
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On the Lake: Perfect for beginners, these two-hour programs cover the basics.

On the River: These 4-5 hour programs cover the basics too, but go into more depth and provide a little more experience.

Sea Kayaking: These two-hour programs will introduce you to sea kayaking on the Lake Superior State Water Trail.

Stand-up Paddleboarding: These 1.5-hour programs will introduce you to the exciting new sport of stand-up paddleboarding.

I Can Paddle! - On the Lake

These programs teach the basics of canoeing on lakes, from launching a canoe to paddling efficiently and planning a safe canoe outing.

  • Children must be at least five years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Programs last approximately two hours.
  • $10 per canoe, with up to three people per canoe (two paddling, one sitting in the middle).
  • Advance registration is required.
  • These programs are held on lakes in Minnesota state parks. A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($5/day or $25/year).

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Sat., June 14

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Louise State Park

Sat., June 14

1 a.m.—3 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Sat., June 14

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Sakatah Lake State Park

Sun., June 15

10 a.m.—noon

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., June 29

10 a.m.—noon

Rice Lake State Park

Sun., July 6

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Louise State Park

Sun., July 6

1—3 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Thurs., July 10

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., July 13

10 a.m.—noon

Myre-Big Island State Park

Thurs., July 17

3—5 p.m.

Father Hennepin State Park

Sat., July 19

11 a.m.—12:30

Lake Shetek State Park

Sun., July 20

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Carlos State Park

Thurs., July 24

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., July 27

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Maria State Park

Thurs., July 31

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sat., Aug 2

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Louise State Park

Sat., Aug 2

1—3 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Sun., Aug 3

10 a.m.—noon

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Thurs., Aug 7

3—5 p.m.

Father Hennepin State Park

Sun., Aug 10

10 a.m.—noon

Moose Lake State Park

Thurs., Aug 14

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., Aug 17

10 a.m.—noon

Sibley State Park

Thurs., Aug 21

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sat., Aug 23

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Camden State Park

Sun., Aug 24

10 a.m.—noon

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Thurs., Aug 28

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., Aug 31

10 a..m.—noon

William O'Brien State Park

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I Can Paddle! - On the River

Take your canoeing to the next level. Paddle along miles of the most scenic rivers in Minnesota. You'll learn how to read the river and river safety. Once on the water, we'll practice a variety of paddling techniques and maneuvers. You'll also learn how to plan a river trip for your entire family.

  • Children must be at least eight years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All programs start at 10 a.m. and go until approximately 3 p.m.
  • $25 per canoe, with up to three people per canoe (two paddling, one sitting in the middle).
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($5/day or $25/year).

Pre-Trip Information and Shuttling

Because of the length and remote nature of I Can Paddle! On the River programs, participants will be provided with a pre-trip packet including a packing list, program description, directions to water access, etc. These packets will be mailed out following your registration.

Participants will meet at a program's designated water access; from there, we will shuttle you to the put-in where you will begin the program and then paddle back to your cars at the water access.

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Sat., June 14

10 a.m.—3

St. Croix River State Water Trail

Sat., June 21

10 a.m.—3

Cannon River State Water Trail

Sat., June 28

10 a.m.—3

Zumbro River State Water Trail

Sat., July 12

10 a.m.—3

Root River State Water Trail

Sat., July 19

10 a.m.—3

Otter Tail River State Water Trail

Sat., July 26

10 a.m.—3

Mississippi River State Water Trail

Sat., Aug 2

10 a.m.—3

Crow Wing River State Water Trail

Sat., Aug 9

10 a.m.—3

St. Louis River State Water Trail

Sat., Aug 16

10 a.m.—3

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Sat., Aug 23

10 a.m.—3

Rum River State Water Trail

Sat., Aug 30

10 a.m.—3

St. Croix River State Water Trail

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I Can Paddle! - Sea Kayaking

So you've paddled lakes and you've paddled rivers...but have you paddled a Great Lake? Try sea kayaking on the Lake Superior State Water Trail! You'll learn all the basics of sea kayaking while gliding past towering cliffs and the Split Rock Lighthouse.

  • Children must be at least 12 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • $35 per person.
  • Programs last two hours.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($5/day or $25/year).

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Sat., July 12

10 a.m.—noon

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., July 12

1—3 p.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., Aug 2

10 a.m.—noon

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., Aug 2

1—3 p.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

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I Can Paddle! - Stand-up Paddleboarding

Come try the latest trend in paddle sports. Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun way to get out on the water, and it offers a whole new perspective. Looking down into clear water is something you won't soon forget! We'll show you everything you need to know to feel at ease on the water, from getting on and off your board to proper paddling and maneuvering techniques.

  • Children must be at least 8 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • $10 per person.
  • Programs last 1.5 hours.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($5/day or $25/year).

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Sat., June 21

9—10:30 a.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sat., June 21

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sat., June 21

1:30—3 p.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sat., June 21

3:30—5 p.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sat., July 5

9—10:30 a.m.

Sibley State Park

Sat., July 5

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Sibley State Park

Sat., July 5

1:30—3 p.m.

Sibley State Park

Sat., July 5

3:30—5 p.m.

Sibley State Park

Sat., Aug 16

9—10:30 a.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sat., Aug 16

11 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sat., Aug 16

1:30—3 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sat., Aug 16

3:30—5 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

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Sign Up Now!

Preregistration is required for all I Can Paddle! programs.
Early registration is recommended, as these programs tend to fill up fast.

Online reservations can be made 24 hours a day—sign up now. Or, if you prefer to sign up by phone, call us toll-free, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily (excluding holidays): 866-857-2757.

Cancellations

All programs are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather or hazardous conditions. Cancellations for I Can Paddle! programs can be made up to one week prior to the program.

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Questions?

Still have questions? Please contact the DNR Information Center toll-free at (888) 646-6367 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also get more information by emailing ican.dnr@state.mn.us.

 

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This program is made possible by funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.