Kayaking in Minneapolis


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Though they've only been leading paddling tours for a few years, the certified guides of Stand Up MN have already helped thousands of people explore the Twin Cities' local waterways up close. After equipping their guests with standup paddleboards, personal flotation devices, and ample training, they embark on trips along the quiet stretch of the Mississippi River that cuts through their urban landscape. From St. Paul, groups glide under bridges and pass idyllic natural areas—and from Minneapolis, they can take a break from paddling to high-five low-flying birds from a rope swing over the water. Stand Up MN also leads extended paddling tours to Taylors Falls, where state parks and tumbling waterfalls abound. These excursions are complemented by the company's special events, which include speed-dating events at which participants spend most of the time hanging out while paddleboarding.
724 Sibley Street Northeast
Minneapolis,
MN
US
Established: 2010 Staff Size: 2?10 people Brands Used: Local Minnesota Brands Pro Tip: Dress according to the weather conditions. All rentals and lessons are on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicap Accessible: Yes Parking: Parking garage Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Standup paddleboarding Recommended Age Group: All Ages You could say that Alex Linnell loves standup paddleboarding. So much, that in 2011 he broke world records as the first person to paddle the length of the Mississippi River?also the longest standup paddleboarding journey on record at the time. His dedication to the sport extends to the way he runs his standup-paddleboarding rentals and tours, too. He wants everyone who comes into his shop to fall in love with the sport, as he has, and he makes it easy. Guests can rent paddleboards for half- or full-day turns, and tour guides lead groups on scenic jaunts around the area to spot wildlife and standup paddleboards in their natural habitats.
4010 Shoreline Dr.
Spring Park,
MN
US
Apple River Hideaway's mile-long shoreline unfolds its verdant foliage for tents, campers, and travelers to soak up the sun's rays river-side or recline beneath the leafy canopies of towering trees. Staffers rent out rubber tubes for bobs down the Apple River, where friends can admire the stunning scenery as they sail over rapids, beneath a road bridge, and beside an off-duty Charybdis. Offering an idyllic respite from the bustle of city life, the campsite makes for an ideal after-party spot for those attending a nearby concert.
712 170th Ave
Somerset,
WI
US
Approximately 6,000 years ago, when Sumerian scholars were devising some of mankind's first mathematic systems, a mile-thick sheet of ice began to melt half a world away in the region known today as Minnesota. Slowly, the glacier shrank and poured gallons of water into the land around it, leaving behind gorgeous rock formations dotted with artistic ridges and eye-catching striations. Perhaps most notable of these formations is a structure that resembles a cross, which inspired settlers to name its surrounding river St. Croix, or "holy cross." Today, modern humans can catch a glimpse of these awesome sights thanks to Wild Mountain. Seasonal activities include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, where snow-goers explore 100 acres of hills encompassing 26 runs, bunny slopes for newcomers, and four terrain parks for the seasoned veterans. Wild Mountain also holds daily lessons, youth and adult programs, as well as racing competitions and camps run by knowledgable and trained northerners.
37200 Wild Mountain Road
Taylors Falls,
MN
US
More than 15 years ago, Wisconsin-based Kinni Creek Lodge and Outfitters Wisconsin introduced everyday people of all ages and walks of life to the unspoiled forests and sparkling blue waters of the Kinnickinnic River valley. What began as a nature outpost offering guests six rental canoes and three rooms, soon expanded into a spacious resort with a fleet of 185 kayaks. Today, Kinni Creek is spread across 180 feet of private, scenic shoreline along the Kinnickinnic River. The resorts boasts 185 kayaks for rent, a fly shop and fly-fishing school, and vacation cottage and fly-fishing lodge. Everyone from corporate camping outings to students and youth groups to families of vacationers commune with nature as they kayak past the bluffs and prairies of the Kinni, fly-fish for trout, or relax in a rustic bed-and-breakfast chalet. The rooms also exude their own sense of eco-friendly character. Its owners lluminate rooms with energy saving light bulbs, recycle and compost when possible, and use clothes lines for solar drying.
545 N Main St.
River Falls,
WI
US
Great blue herons stalking the wildflowers along the Kinnickinnic River. Trout leaping out of the water to feed. Owner and lifelong outdoorsman Mike Kealy and his guides lead kayaking trips past these and more dramatic sites, which typify the undeveloped riverbanks throughout eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Each outing begins at a select meet-up point, from which guides provide shuttle service to and from the launch sites. Along with unveiling the rivers? untouched scenery, River Guide?s team can also add a fishing guide to each trip, taking guests into streams teeming with brown, rainbow, and zebra-striped trout.
355 West Park Street
River Falls,
WI
US
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