Canoe and Kayak Outfitters

The businesses in this list are private. Inclusion in this list does not represent an endorsement by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

(Alphabetical by river name)

Big Fork River

Bigfork River Canoe Outfitting

403 Main Avenue, Bigfork, MN 55628; 218-743-6878 or 218-743-3613. Canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttle service from Dora Lake to the Rainy River.

God's Country Outfitters

29755 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-326-9866. Ten canoes for rent. No shuttling. Some camping gear and food. Also serves Cloquet, Little Fork, Mississippi, Saint Louis, and Vermilion Rivers.

Rivers North Outfitters of Minnesota

(Gorden's Hardware/Wild River Gifts, two blocks west of Hwy 71 and Hwy 6) 312 2nd St NW, PO Box 38, Big Falls, MN 56627. 218-276-2481 or 877-481-2569. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttling services, free trip planning, guide service, fishing licenses, supplies, tents and other camping gear. Also serves the Littlefork River.

Blue Earth River

Bent River Outfitter

The Hugo Building, 530 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-388-2368. Canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rental, eco-tours, and shuttles. Also serves the Big Cobb, Le Sueur, Maple, Minnesota and Watonwan Rivers.

Cannon River

Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental

615 North 5th Street, Cannon Falls, MN 55009; 507-407-4111. Just north of the bridge over the Cannon River. Canoe, kayak, raft & bicycle rental. Shuttles available.

Gear ReSource Outfitters

201 Railway St. N, Dundas, MN 55019; 507-407-GEAR or 507-407-4327. Kayak and stand-up paddleboard, tents and other camping gear rental, shuttle service and guided trips on the Cannon River between Faribault and the West edge of Lake Byllesby.

Welch Mill Canoeing & Tubing

26389 County 7 Boulevard, Welch, MN 55089; 800-657-6760 or 651-388-9857. Canoe, kayak, and tubing rental available. Shuttles available when renting.

Cedar River

Cedar River Canoe & Kayak Rental Service

309 11th Avenue S.W., Austin, MN 55912; 507-438-7755. Canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttle service from the Cedar River from the Ramsey Dam in Austin, MN down to Otranto, IA.

Cloquet River

God's Country Outfitters

29755 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-326-9866. Ten canoes for rent. No shuttling. Some camping gear and food. Also serves Big Fork, Little Fork, Mississippi, Saint Louis, and Vermilion Rivers.

Positive Energy Outdoors

4757 Datka Road, Duluth MN 55803; 15 miles north of Duluth; 218-428-5990 or 218-391-0147. Flatwater and whitewater kayak instruction and guiding on inland lakes and Lake Superior. Shuttle service available.

Swiftwater Adventures

22 East. Riverside Road. Esko, MN 55733; 218-451-3218. Professionally guided wilderness and whitewater paddling experiences on the Cloquet River via canoe and kayak. Lessons, trips and eco-tours. Also serves the Kettle and St. Louis Rivers.

Crow Wing River

Easy Riders Bicycle and Sportshop

415 Washington Street, Brainerd, MN 56401; 218-829-5516. Canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttle service available. Mississippi River to Crow Wing State Park, Riverton to Lum Park, Brainerd, or lakes in Crow Wing or Cass Counties. Also serves the Mississippi River.

Gloege's Canoe Outfitters

30153 Huntersville Road, Sebeka, MN 56477; 218-472-3250. Canoe rentals and shuttle service. A full service outfitter. Campground available. Also serves Shell River. 

Huntersville Outfitters

23516 380th Street, Menahga, MN 56464; 218-564-4279. Canoe, kayak and tube rentals as well as canoe and camping packages, soft goods, shuttle service.

Crow River: North Fork

Three Rivers Park District

10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444; 763-694-7790 or 763-694-7693 Guided raft trips down the Mississippi River from West Coon Rapids Dam, Guided canoe and kayak trips on the Mississippi River. 763-694-7717 Also serving the Crow and Minnesota Rivers.

Kettle River

Hard Water Sports

979 Charles Ave. St Paul MN 55104; 651-302-1774. Canoe and camping gear rental, whitewater canoe rental, trip planning.
Guided whitewater river trips. St. Paul outfitter serving all Minnesota lakes and rivers including: Mississippi, Minnesota, Kettle, Vermilion Rivers.

Swiftwater Adventures

22 East Riverside Road, Esko, MN 55733; 218-451-3218. Professionally guided wilderness and whitewater rafting experiences on the Kettle River, May-June. Also serves the Cloquet and St. Louis Rivers.

Lake Superior Water Trail

Bear Track Outfitting Co.

2011 West Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN 55604; 800-795-8068 or 218-387-1162. Complete or partial canoe, sea-kayak & backpacking outfitting. Also serves Eastern zone of Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Day Tripper of Duluth

3515 E 4th Street Duluth, MN 55804; 218-390-1605. Guided canoe and kayak tours on Lake Superior and the Saint Louis River. Equipment, instruction, and snacks provided. No experience necessary! Also serves the St. Louis River.

The Duluth Experience

211 East 2nd Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55805; 218-464-6337. Guided tours and instruction for kayaking on Lake Superior and St. Louis River. Also serves the St. Louis River.

Positive Energy Outdoors

4757 Datka Road, Duluth MN 55803; 15 miles north of Duluth; 218-428-5990 or 218-391-0147. Flatwater and whitewater kayak instruction and guiding on inland lakes and Lake Superior. Shuttle service available.

Sawtooth Outfitters

7213 West Highway 61, Post Office Box 2214, Tofte, MN 55615; 218-663-7643. Canoe, kayak, and bike rentals. Guided canoe and kayak tours. Shuttle service and outdoor gear store.

Stone Harbor Wilderness Supply

22 East 1st Street, Grand Marais, MN 55604; 218-387-3136. Ultra light canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards for rent. Also guided kayak, fishing, and standup paddleboard tours, and retail gear.

Wintermoon Summersun Adventures for Women

3388 Petrell Road, Brimson, MN, 55602; 218-848-2442. Sea kayaking instruction and group paddling for women.

Little Fork River

Anderson's Canoe Outfitters

7255 Crane Lake Road, Crane Lake, MN 55725; 800-777-7186. A full-service outfitter including canoe rental, van shuttle service, trip outfitting and bunk accommodations. Also serves Vermilion River & BWCA.

God's Country Outfitters

29755 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-326-9866. Ten canoes for rent. No shuttling. Some camping gear and food. Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, Mississippi, Saint Louis, and Vermilion Rivers.

Rivers North Outfitters of Minnesota

312 2nd St NW, PO Box 38, Big Falls, MN 56627; 218-276-2481 or 877-481-2569. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttling services, free trip planning, guide service, fishing licenses, supplies, tents and other camping gear. Also serves the Bigfork River.

Minnesota River

Bent River Outfitter

The Hugo Building, 530 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-388-2368. Canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rental, eco-tours, and shuttles. Also serves the Big Cobb, Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Maple, and Watonwan Rivers.

Hard Water Sports

979 Charles Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104; 651-302-1774. Canoe and camping gear rental, whitewater canoe rental, trip planning. Guided whitewater river trips. St. Paul outfitter serving all Minnesota lakes and rivers including: Mississippi, Minnesota, Kettle, Vermilion Rivers.

Mitlyng's Bait and Tackle

13045 1 Street West, Watson, MN 56295; 320-269-5593. Canoe rentals.

Three Rivers Park District

10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444; 763-694-7790 or 763-694-7693 Guided raft trips down the Mississippi River from West Coon Rapids Dam, guided canoe and kayak trips on the Mississippi River. 763-694-7717 Also serves the Crow and Minnesota Rivers.

Mississippi River

Above the Falls Sports

120 North 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612-825-8983. Skill instruction, rentals, sales, and storage of kayaks, canoes and rowboats. Guided group tours available. Serves primarily metro area.

Broken Paddle Guiding Co.

Locations in Winona, Wabasha, and Red Wing, MN; 651-955-5222. Guided kayak tours in the Mississippi backwaters from Winona to Red Wing. Natural education within backwater ecosystems. ACA certified professional guides and outdoor educators. Can accommodate up to 20 people. Also serves the Zumbro and Whitewater Rivers.

Clear Waters Outfitting Company

100 Pine St, Clearwater, MN 55320; 320-469-1590. Half day, whole day and overnight trips, rentals, complete outfitting, daily shuttle service, new and used outdoor gear. Located on the banks of the Mississippi.

Cycle Path & Paddle

115 3rd Avenue Southwest, Crosby, MN 56441; 218-545-4545. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Shuttle service available for the Mississippi and Pine Rivers and the mine lakes of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area by appointment.

Easy Riders Bicycle and Sportshop

415 Washington Street, Brainerd, MN 56401; 218-829-5516. Canoe and kayak rentals. Shuttle service available. Mississippi River to Crow Wing State Park, Riverton to Lum Park, Brainerd, or lakes in Crow Wing or Cass Counties. Also serves the Crow Wing River.

Embracing Pines Shuttle Service

32287 Mississippi Road, Walker, MN 56484; 218-224-3519. Shuttle service on the Upper Mississippi River from Itasca State Park to Grand Rapids. No canoe or kayak rentals. Call or email for rates.

God's Country Outfitters

29755 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-326-9866. Ten canoes for rent. No shuttling. Some camping gear and food. Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, Little Fork, Saint Louis, and Vermilion Rivers.

Goose Island Campground

W6488 County Road Gi, Stoddard, WI 54658; 608-788-7018. Canoe rental only. Mississippi backwater route. Twelve canoes available; five flat bottoms. Kayaks also available.

Hard Water Sports

979 Charles Avenue, St Paul, MN 55104; 651-302-1774. Canoe and camping gear rental, whitewater canoe rental, trip planning, guided whitewater river trips. St. Paul outfitter serves all Minnesota lakes and rivers including the Mississippi, Minnesota, Kettle, and Vermilion Rivers.

Jumpwings Outfitters

327 1st Ave North, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612-375-9835 or 612-333-8325. Retail and rentals of paddle sports equipment and gear. Also retail and rental of camping, hiking, bicycling, and winter sports equipment.

Keller Outdoors

7581 Memorial Lane Northwest, Bemidji, MN 56601; 218-766-4438. Rental of canoes, camping and hunting equipment.

Monticello Shuttles

8414 Troy Marquette Drive, Monticello, MN 55362; 612-670-6981. Vehicle shuttles along the Mississippi River between River Bluffs Regional Park in St. Cloud to the Dayton/Crow River Landing.

Paddle Hoppers

17 County Road 63, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-326-5853. On-site Mississippi river rentals for Standup Paddle Boards (SUPs), kayaks and canoes by the hour, day, weekend, or week. Also sales and lessons.

Paddle Taxi

389 Herschel Street, St. Paul, MN 55104; 612-799-9668. A not-for-profit, free shuttle on the Mississippi River for kayak and canoe paddlers in the Twin Cities area.

Saint Cloud State University Outdoor Endeavors

102 Halenbeck Hall, 720 4th Avenue South, Saint Cloud, MN 56301; 320-308-3772. Canoe and kayak rental. Shuttle service available on the Mississippi and Sauk Rivers by appointment.

Shirley Mae’s Outfitters

61 First Avenue Northeast, Little Falls, MN 56345; 320-414-0382 or 320-360-7244. Located on the Mississippi River. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttle, outfitting and retail services.

Stand Up Minnesota

389 Herschel Street, St. Paul, MN 55109; 612-399-6081. Paddleboard adventure tours and education programs for small and large groups on the Mississippi River in the Twin Cities area. Paddleboard orientation, water safety training, equipment, photography and transportation provided.

Terry Larson's "Northern Adventures Guide Service"

51463 Wolf Ridge Drive, Cass Lake, MN 56633; 218-335-2078 or 218-766-7543. Canoe and kayak rentals and guided trips on the Mississippi River between Itasca State Park and Cass Lake. Map of area served.This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Shuttle service when time permits, in advance only.

Three Rivers Park District

10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444; 763-694-7790 or 763-694-7693 Guided raft trips down the Mississippi River from West Coon Rapids Dam, Guided canoe and kayak trips on the Mississippi River. 763-694-7717 Also serves the Crow and Minnesota Rivers.

University of Minnesota - Recreation & Wellness

University Recreation & Wellness, 123 Harvard Street Southeast, Suite 68, Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-625-8790. Camping gear, canoes, and kayaks available to rent.

Water Wolverine Outfitting

Ironton, MN; 763-607-0411. Fishing kayak rentals and guiding services on Mississippi and Pine Rivers in the Cuyuna Lakes area. Guiding services on small, remote lakes in the surrounding area. Services are by appointment.

Wilderness Inquiry

808 14th Ave Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 612-676-9400. Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventures program provides public and private guided canoe trips through the heart of the Twin Cities. Can accommodate groups of up to 150 for half-day paddles in 24' voyageur canoes. Also serves the St. Croix River.

Pine River

Cycle Path & Paddle

115 3rd Avenue Southwest (Highway 210), Crosby, MN 56441; 218-545-4545. Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Shuttle service available for the Mississippi and Pine Rivers and the mine lakes of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area by appointment.

Water Wolverine Outfitting

Ironton, MN; 763-607-0411. Fishing kayak rentals and guiding services on Mississippi and Pine Rivers in the Cuyuna Lakes area. Guiding services on small, remote lakes in the surrounding area. Services are by appointment. 

Wind, Water & Wheels

36436 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442; 218-692-1200. Kayak rentals, shuttle services, bikes and stand-up paddle boards.

Red Lake River

Oliver’s Canoe Outfitters

208 Golf Terrace, Crookston, MN 56716; 218-289-0551. Travis Oliver, owner. Canoe Rentals available. Transportation upon request with an additional fee. Serving the Red Lake River in Polk County from Red Lake Falls, MN to Fisher, MN.

Root River

Cedar Valley Resort

905 Bench Street, Whalan, MN 55949; 507-467-9000. Canoe, kayak and tube rentals with shuttle.

Eagle Cliff Campground

35455 State Highway 16, Lanesboro, MN 55949; 507-467-2598. Canoe, kayak, tube and bike rental.

Little River General Store

105 Coffee Street, Post Office Box 317, Lanesboro, MN 55949; 800-994-2943 or 507-467-2943. Canoe, kayak, tube rentals and shuttle service rentals and sales, full service outfitting.

Ken's River Rats Outfitters

103 Rivers Edge Road, Lanesboro, MN 55949; 507-429-7202. Canoe and kayak rentals on the entire Root River system. Shuttles are also available if you have your own boats. Prices vary depending on the distance.

Root River Outfitters

101 Parkway Avenue South, Lanesboro, MN 55949; 507-467-3400. Canoe, kayak and tube rental. Guided fishing tours.

Rum River

Country Camping Canoe & Tube

27437 Palm Street Northwest, Isanti, MN 55040; 763-444-9626. Canoe and tube rental, campground, and shuttle service from Lake Mille Lacs to mile marker 30 on County Road 68, just south of Isanti.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

15066 Kathio Park Road, Onamia, MN 56359; 320-532-3523. Canoe rental only for the state park. No shuttle.

Sauk River

Friends of the Sauk River

1020 County Road 134, St. Cloud, MN 56303; 320-281-9050. Free canoe rental. Also serves the Mississippi River when the Sauk is too low to paddle.

St. Croix River

Andrew's Riverwood Canoe and Kayak

25499 Sawmill Avenue, Shafer, MN 55074; 715-222-2288. Canoe and kayak rental with free shuttle. Park at the Osceola landing, launch from the Wisconsin Interstate Park and canoe or kayak to your vehicle. (Highway 8 to Osceola Landing.)

Eric's Canoe Rental

710 South Highway 35 (Highways 8 & 35), Saint Croix Falls, WI 54024; 651-270-1561. Canoe rental and shuttle service available at this location and also at Wild River State Park. Wildlife and nature tours of St. Croix Valley.

Namekagon Outfitters

West 5956 Pair O'Lakes Road, Trego, WI 54888; 715-635-2015 or 800-547-9028. Canoe rental, shuttle service, and campground and RV park. Will shuttle privately owned canoes and vehicles. Also serves the Namekagon River.

Pardun's Canoe Rental and Shuttle Service

7595 Main Street, Danbury WI 54830; 320-384-0508 (May through June), 715-656-7881 (year round). Trips range in length from six to seventeen miles through the National Scenic St. Croix Riverway. Two locations: one at the corner of Main Street & 4th Avenue South (State Road 77) in Danbury, WI, and another in the beautiful St. Croix State Park.

Taylors Falls Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Interstate State Park or Wildwood RV Park & Campground, Taylors Falls, MN 55084; 800-447-4958 or 651-465-6315. Rental canoes and kayaks available from the state park or campground. Free shuttles back to your car at the end of your trip.

Wild River Outfitters

15177 State Road 70, Grantsburg, WI 54830; 715-463-2254. Canoe and kayak rental; shuttle service and campground. Serves the Saint Croix River above Taylors Falls and the Namekagon River from Hayward to Saint Croix Falls. Help for planning extended trips and maps are available.

Wilderness Inquiry

808 14th Ave Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 612-676-9400. Provides guided family, women's, and private 3-day camping and canoeing trips from Interstate State Park to William O'Brien State Park. Also serves the Mississippi River.

St. Louis River

Day Tripper of Duluth

3515 E 4th Street Duluth, MN 55804; 218-390-1605. Guided canoe and kayak tours on Lake Superior and the Saint Louis River. Equipment, instruction, and snacks provided. No experience necessary! Also serves the Lake Superior State Water Trail.

God's Country Outfitters

29755 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN 55744; 218-326-9866. Ten canoes for rent. No shuttling. Some camping gear and food. Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, Little Fork, Mississippi, and Vermilion Rivers.

Minnesota Whitewater Rafting

3212 Rivergate Avenue, Cloquet, MN 55720; 218-522-4446. Professionally guided whitewater raft trips on the Saint Louis River. No canoe rental. Call for reservations.

Spirit Lake Marina & RV Park

121 Spring Street, Duluth, MN 55808; 218-628-3578. Canoe, kayak, boat and pontoon rentals.

Swiftwater Adventures

22 East Riverside Road, Esko, MN 55733; 218-451-3218. Professionally guided whitewater rafting and kayaking trips on the St. Louis River. Lessons, trips and eco-tours. Also serves the Cloquet and Kettle Rivers.

The Duluth Experience

211 East 2nd Street, Duluth, Minnesota, 55805; 218-464-6337. Guided tours and instruction for kayaking on Lake Superior and St. Louis River. Also serves the Lake Superior.

Snake River

Snake River Outfitters

Pine City, MN; 303-435-6726 or 612-718-0125. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttle service, guided 22 foot "Big Canoe Adventures", camping and overnight trips available. Reservations recommended.

Vermilion River

Anderson's Canoe Outfitters

7255 Crane Lake Road, Crane Lake, MN 55725; 800-777-7186. A full-service outfitter including canoe rental, van shuttle service, trip outfitting and bunk accommodations. Also serves Little Fork River & BWCA.

God's Country Outfitters

29755 State Highway 38, Grand Rapids, MN; 55744; 218-326-9866. Ten canoes for rent. No shuttling. Some camping gear and food. Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, Little Fork, Mississippi, and Saint Louis Rivers.

Hard Water Sports

979 Charles Avenue, St. Paul MN 55104; 651-302-1774. Canoe and whitewater canoe and camping gear rental, trip planning, guided whitewater river trips. St. Paul outfitter serving all Minnesota lakes and rivers including: Mississippi, Minnesota, Kettle, Vermilion Rivers.

Vermilion River Cottages & Outfitters

7494 County Road 422, Buyck, MN 55771-8477; 800-628-1438 or 218-666-2444. Canoe rental and shuttle service.

Whitewater River

Broken Paddle Guiding Co.

Locations in Winona, Wabasha, and Red Wing; 651-955-5222. Guided kayak tours in the Mississippi backwaters from Winona to Red Wing. Natural education within backwater ecosystems. ACA certified professional guides and outdoor educators. Can accommodate up to 20 people. Also serves the Mississippi, and Zumbro Rivers.

Watonwan River

Bent River Outfitter

The Hugo Building, 530 North Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-388-2368. Canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboards rental, eco-tours, and shuttles. Also serves the Big Cobb, Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Maple, and Minnesota Rivers.

Zumbro River

Boulder Dam Canoe and Kayak

20 East Center Street (P.O. Box 82), Oronoco, MN 55960; 507-367-2658. Located in downtown Oronoco, operates on three branches of the Zumbro River. Canoe and kayak rentals plus shuttle service available.

Broken Paddle Guiding Co.

Locations in Winona, Wabasha, and Red Wing; 651-955-5222. Guided kayak tours in the Mississippi backwaters from Winona to Red Wing. Natural education within backwater ecosystems. ACA certified professional guides and outdoor educators. Can accommodate up to 20 people. Also serves the Mississippi, and Whitewater Rivers.

Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rental

800 West Silver Lake Drive Northeast, Rochester, MN 55906; 507-261-9049. Located on the Zumbro River in Silver Lake Park in downtown Rochester. Canoes, kayaks, row boats and paddleboats for rental.

Zumbro River Ratz

59155 County Road 2, Millville, MN 55957; 507-798-2450. Provides up-river shuttle service on the Zumbro River, allowing you to float from Hammond back to Millville. Open seasonally, April-November, weather permitting. Rentals of various floating devices include kayaks, inner tubes, canoes, and pedal boats.

Zumbro Valley Canoe Rental

61772 Highway 63, Zumbro Falls, MN 55991; 507-753-2568. Canoe, kayak, and inner tube rental and shuttle service with hourly or overnight trip options. Camping is available nearby.

Note: This is not a complete listing of all the outfitters in the state. The list exists to help people access Minnesota state water trails and respond to numerous requests the department receives for information about canoe and kayak rentals. To request addition to the list, your business must rent canoe and/or kayak equipment, and/or provide trip guiding services on Minnesota state water trails.

Send requests to the Parks and Trails webmaster at: pat.web@state.mn.us