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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I Can Paddle! Canoeing:

Perfect for families that want to paddle together in the same boat. Our canoeing programs are a great place to start for all of your future canoeing adventures. 

I Can Paddle! Kayaking:

With a variety of kayaking programs we have something for everyone. Learn the basics of kayaking on lakes, rivers, and even the greatest lake, Lake Superior.

I Can Paddle! Stand-Up Paddleboarding:

These programs will introduce you to the exciting new sport of stand-up paddleboarding.

I Can Paddle! Canoeing

 

Canoeing 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 5 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Programs last approximately two hours.
  • $15 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 13

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Louise State Park

Sat., June 13

1 a.m.—3 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Sun., June 21

10 a.m.—noon

Rice Lake State Park

Sun., June 28

10 a.m.—noon

Sakatah Lake State Park

Thurs., July 9

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sat., July 11

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Louise State Park

Sat., July 11

1—3 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Sun., July 12

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Maria State Park

Thurs., July 16

10 a.m.—noon

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sun., July 19

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Carlos State Park

Thurs., July 23

6—8 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Thurs., July 30

6—8 p.m.

Jay Cooke State Park

Sun., August 2

10 a.m.—noon

Moose Lake State Park

Thurs., August 6

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 9

10 a.m.—noon

Glendalough State Park

Thurs., August 13

6—8 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sat., August 15

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Louise State Park

Sat., August 15

1—3 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Sun., August 16

10 a.m.—noon

Sibley State Park

Thurs., August 20

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 23

10 a.m.—noon

Father Hennepin State Park

Thurs., August 27

6—8 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 30

10 a.m.—noon

St. Croix State Park

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Canoeing 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 8 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All programs start at 9:30 a.m. and go until approximately 2:30 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! Canoeing 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 e-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 (nearest city)

Sat., June 13

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

(Taylors Falls)

Sat., June 20

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Zumbro River State Water Trail

(Zumbro Falls)

Sat., June 27

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Cannon River State Water Trail

(Faribault)

Sat., July 11

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Mississippi River State Water Trail

Sat., July 18

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Otter Tail River State Water Trail

(Fergus Falls)

Sat., July 25

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Root River State Water Trail

(Chatfield)

Sat., August 1

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

St. Louis River State Water Trail

(Duluth)

Sat., August 8

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Crow Wing River State Water Trail

(Staples)

Sat., August 15

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

(Granite Falls)

Sat., August 22

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Rum River State Water Trail

(Cambridge)

Sat., August 29

9:30 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

(Taylors Falls)

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I Can Paddle! Kayaking

 

Kayaking on the Lake 

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

  • Children must be at least 8 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Programs last approximately two hours.
  • $15 per kayak, one person per kayak.
  • 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

Sun., June 21

10 a.m.—noon

Sakatah Lake State Park

Sun., June 28

10 a.m.—noon

Rice Lake State Park

Thurs., July 9

6—8 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., July 12

10 a.m.—noon

Sibley State Park

Thurs., July 16

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Carlos State Park

Sun., July 19

10 a.m.—noon

Glacial Lakes State Park

Thurs., July 23

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Thurs., July 30

6—8 p.m.

Moose Lake State Park

Sun., August 2

1—3 p.m.

Jay Cooke State Park

Thurs., August 6

6—8 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 9

10 a.m.—noon

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Thurs., August 13

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 16

10 a.m.—noon

Lake Maria State Park

Thurs., August 20

6—8 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 23

10 a.m.—noon

Cuyuna Country SRA

Thurs., August 27

6—8 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 30

1—3 p.m.

St. Croix State Park

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Kayaking on the River

Take your kayaking 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 12 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • All programs start at 11 a.m. and go until approximately 4 p.m.
  • $25 per kayak, one person per kayak.
  • 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! Kayaking 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 e-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 (nearest city)

Sun., June 14

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

(Taylors Falls)

Sat., June 20

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Zumbro River State Water Trail

(Zumbro Falls)

Sat., June 27

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Cannon River State Water Trail

(Faribault)

Sat., July 11

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Mississippi River State Water Trail

Sat., July 18

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Otter Tail River State Water Trail

(Fergus Falls)

Sat., July 25

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Root River State Water Trail

(Chatfield)

Sat., August 1

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

St. Louis River State Water Trail

(Duluth)

Sat., August 8

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Crow Wing River State Water Trail

(Staples)

Sat., August 15

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

(Granite Falls)

Sat., August 22

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

Rum River State Water Trail

(Cambridge)

Sat., August 29

11 a.m.—4 p.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

(Taylors Falls)

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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 11

10 a.m.—noon

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., July 11

1—3 p.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., August 15

10 a.m.—noon

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., August 15

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 10 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 27

9—10:30 a.m.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Sat., June 27

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Sat., June 27

1:30—3 p.m.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Sat., June 27

3:30—5 p.m.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

Sun., June 28

9—10:30 a.m.

Father Hennepin State Park

Sun., June 28

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Father Hennepin State Park

Sun., June 28

1:30—3 p.m.

Father Hennepin State Park

Sun., June 28

3:30—5 p.m.

Father Hennepin State Park

Sat., August 1

9—10:30 a.m.

Glendalough State Park

Sat., August 1

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Glendalough State Park

Sat., August 1

1:30—3 p.m.

Glendalough State Park

Sat., August 1

3:30—5 p.m.

Glendalough State Park

Sun., August 2

9—10:30 a.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sun., August 2

11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sun., August 2

1:30—3 p.m.

Glacial Lakes State Park

Sun., August 2

3:30—5 p.m.

Glacial Lakes 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.

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.

 

Packing checklist This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.: What to bring to an I Can Paddle! program

Safety tips This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.: Best practices when you are on the water

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