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

PO Box 187, Big Fork, MN 56628; 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. www.baitnet.com/gcoutfit external linkAlso 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, tents and other camping gear. www.riversnorthmn.comexternal linkAlso serves the Littlefork River.

Blue Earth River

A to Z Rentals

1428 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-388.1677. Canoe and kayak rental. http://atozrentalmankato.com external link Also serves the Minnesota River.

Bent River Outfitter

The Hugo Building, 530 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-388-BENT (2368). Canoe and kayak rental, eco-tours, and shuttles. www.bentriveroutfitter.com external link Also serves the Minnesota River.

Kato Canoe and Kayak

20092 State Hwy 66, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-327-7235. Rental and guided services from ice off to ice on. Overnight guided trips available by request. www.katocanoeandkayak.com external linkAlso serves the Minnesota River.

Cannon River

Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental

615 N. 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. www.cannonfallscanoeandbike.com external link

Cannon River Outfitters

200 Division St. S. Northfield MN 55057; 507-407-GEAR or 507-407-4327. Canoes and kayak rental, shuttle service and guided trips on the Cannon River between Faribault and the West edge of Lake Byllsby. www.thegearresource.com external link

Welch Mill Canoeing & Tubing

26389 County 7 Boulevard, Welch, MN 55089; 800-657-6760 or 651-388-9857. Canoeing, kayaking and tubing available. www.welchmillcanoeandtube.com external link

Chippewa River

Clean Up the River Environment

117 S 1st Street, Montevideo, MN 56265; 877-269-2873. www.cureriver.org external link

Cloquet River

Positive Energy Outdoor (Ed)Ventures

4757 Datka Road, Duluth MN 55803; 15 miles north of Duluth; 218-428-5990 or 218-391-0147. Guided kayak fishing trips, flatwater and whitewater kayak instruction and guiding on NE Minnesota rivers, inland lakes and Lake Superior. Shuttle service available. www.outdooredventures.org external link

The Canoeist

1100 7th Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616; 218-834-3523 or 877-353-3523. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttle service. www.facebook.com/TheCanoeist external link

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. www.baitnet.com/gcoutfit. Also serves Big Fork, Little Fork, Mississippi, Saint Louis, and Vermilion Rivers.

Crow Wing River

Easy Riders Bicycle and Sportshop

415 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401; 218-829-5516. Canoe and kayak rentals. Mississippi River to Crow Wing State Park, Riverton to Lum Park, Brainerd, or lakes in Crow Wing or Cass Counties. www.easyridersbikes.com external link 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 rental, soft goods, shuttle service. www.huntersvillecanoeoutfitters.com external link

Crow River: North Fork

Riverside Store

64768 318 St, Litchfield, MN 55355; 320-693-6711. Canoe and tube rental, trailer available, store with groceries.

Three Rivers Park District

10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444; 763-694-7790 or 763-694-7693 www.threeriversparks.org/parks/coon-rapids-dam.aspx external linkGuided 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. www.threeriversparks.org/activities/paddling.aspx external link

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. www.hardwatersports.com/Gear-Rental.html external link

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. www.bear-track.com. Also serves Eastern zone of Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

The Canoeist

1100 7th Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616; 218-834-3523 or 877-353-3523. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttle service. www.facebook.com/TheCanoeist external link

North Shore Expeditions

10 1st Ave. W., Post Office Box 149, Grand Marais, MN 55604; 218-370-8351. Guided Grand Marais kayaking tours, multi-day Lake Superior kayaking trips and kayaking instruction. www.northshoreexpeditions.com external link

Positive Energy Outdoor (Ed)Ventures

4757 Datka Road, Duluth MN 55803; 15 miles north of Duluth; 218-428-5990 or 218-391-0147. Guided kayak fishing trips, flatwater and whitewater kayak instruction and guiding on NE Minnesota rivers, inland lakes and Lake Superior. Shuttle service available. www.outdooredventures.org external link

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. www.sawtoothoutfitters.com external link

Wintermoon Summersun Adventures for Women

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

Little Fork 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. www.baitnet.com/gcoutfit external link Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, 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, tents and other camping gear. www.riversnorthoutfittersmn.com external link Also serves the Bigfork River.

Minnesota River

A to Z Rentals

1428 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 507-388-1677. Canoe and kayak rental. http://atozrentalmankato.com external link Also serves the Blue Earth River.

Bent River Outfitter

The Hugo Building, 530 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-388-BENT (2368). Canoe and kayak rental, eco-tours, and shuttles. www.bentriveroutfitter.com external link Also serves the Blue Earth River.

Clean Up the River Environment

117 S 1st Street, Montevideo, MN 56265; 877-269-2873; www.cureriver.org external link

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. www.hardwatersports.com/Gear-Rental.html external link

Kato Canoe and Kayak

20092 State Hwy 66, Mankato, MN 56001; 507-327-7235. Rental and guided services from ice off to ice on. Overnight guided trips available by request. www.katocanoeandkayak.com external linkAlso serves the Blue Earth River.

Mitlyng's Bait & Tackle

13045 1st Street West, Watson, MN 56295; 320-269-5593. Canoe rental only.

Three Rivers Park District

10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444; 763-694-7790 or 763-694-7693 www.threeriversparks.org/parks/coon-rapids-dam.aspx external linkGuided 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. www.threeriversparks.org/activities/paddling.aspx external link

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. www.abovethefallssports.com external link

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. www.cwoutfitting.com external link

Cycle Path & Paddle

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

Easy Riders Bicycle and Sportshop

415 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401; 218-829-5516. Canoe and kayak rentals. Mississippi River to Crow Wing State Park, Riverton to Lum Park, Brainerd, or one of your favorite lakes in Crow Wing or Cass Counties. www.easyridersbikes.com external linkAlso 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. www.embracingpines.com/shuttle.htm external link

Geyer Rental

1816 West Saint Germaine Street, Saint Cloud, MN 56301; 320-252-5522. Canoe rental. No shuttle. Also serves the Sauk 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. www.baitnet.com/gcoutfit external link 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. www.co.la-crosse.wi.us external link

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. www.hardwatersports.com/Gear-Rental.html external link

Keller Outdoors

7581 Memorial Lane NW, Bemidji, MN 56601; 218-766-4438. Rental of canoes, camping and hunting equipment. www.kohunts.com/rentals.html external link

Monticello Shuttles

8414 Troy Marquette Dr, Monticello, MN 55362; 612-670-6981. Vehicle shuttles along the Mississippi River, from any points between the Clearwater Hwy 24 landing and the Dayton Crow River landing. www.monticelloshuttles.com external link

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. See website for specifics, maps, and contact info. www.paddletaxi.org external link

River Treat

15381 Gallus Road, Merrifield, MN 56465; 218-765-3172. Canoe rental (9 units), shuttle service and trip planning for 2 hour to 7 day trips, primarily north of Brainerd. Willing to operate during the entire open water season. Appointments preferred, call ahead.

Riverland Outfitters

1008 S 2nd Street, Alma, WI 54610; 608-385-4351. Kayak and canoe rental service. Boats can be picked up in Alma or delivery service is available. Specializing in Mississippi backwater and local river paddling. www.riverlandoutfitters.com external link

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. www.stcloudstate.edu/campusrec/outdoorendeavors external link

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. www.standupmn.org external link

Three Rivers Park District

10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444; 763-694-7790 or 763-694-7693 www.threeriversparks.org/parks/coon-rapids-dam.aspx external linkGuided 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. www.threeriversparks.org/activities/paddling.aspx external link

University of Minnesota - Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA)

University Recreation Center, 1906 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; 612-625-8790. Camping gear, canoes, and kayaks available for rental. http://recsports.umn.edu/coa external link

Wilderness Inquiry

808 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 612-676-9400. wildernessinquiry.org external link 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 and kayak rentals. Shuttle service available for the Mississippi and Pine Rivers and the mine lakes of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area by appointment. www.cyclepathpaddle.com external link

River Treat Canoe & Camping

15381 Gallus Road, Merrifield, MN 56465; 218-765-3172. Canoe rental (9 units), shuttle service and trip planning for 2 hour to 3 day trips, primarily north of Brainerd. Willing to operate during the entire open water season. Appointments preferred, call ahead.

Wind, Water & Wheels

36420 County Road 66, Crosslake, MN 56442; 612-581-2144. Kayak rentals, shuttle services, bikes and stand-up paddle boards. www.windwaterandwheels.com external link

Root River

Cedar Valley Resort

905 Bench St, Whalan, MN 55949; 507-467-9000. Canoe, kayak and tube rentals with shuttle. www--cedarvalleyresort--com.rztrkr.com/Outfitting.htm external link

Eagle Cliff Campground

35455 State Highway 16, Lanesboro, MN 55949; 507-467-2598. Canoe, kayak, tube and bike rental. www.eaglecliff-campground.com external link

Little River General Store

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

Ken's River Rats Outfitters

103 Rivers Edge Road, Lanesboro, MN 55949; 507-429-7202. Located in historic Lanesboro, MN, at the northwest corner of Parkway Ave. and Ashburn, behind the old Hubbard feed mill.  Just 2 blocks north of my old location! Shuttles are also available if you have your own boats. Prices vary depending on the distance. www.riverratsoutfitters.com external link

Root River Outfitters

109 South Parkway, Lanesboro, MN 55949. 507-467-3400. Canoe, kayak and tube rental. Guided fishing tours. www.rootriveroutfitters.com external link

Rum River

Country Camping Canoe & Tube

27437 Palm St NW, Isanti, MN 55040; 763-444-9626. Canoe and tube rental. Shuttle service from Lake Mille Lacs to mile marker 30 on County Road 68, just south of Isanti. Tent and RV campground with showers, laundry, camp store and pool. One-hour to eight-day trips available by reservation. www.country-camping.com external link

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park

15066 Kathio Park Road, Onamia, MN 56359; 320-532-3523. Canoe rental only for the State Park. No shuttle. www.mndnr.gov/state_parks/mille_lacs_kathio

Sauk River

Friends of the Sauk River

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

St. Croix River

Andrew's Riverwood Canoe and Kayak

25499 Sawmill Ave, 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.) www.facebook.com/RiverwoodCanoe external link

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. www.ericscanoerental.com external link

Namekagon Outfitters

W5956 Pair O'Lakes Road, Trego, WI 54888; 715-635-2015 or 800-547-9028. Canoe rental, shuttle service, and campground with lodge, five cabins and RV park. Will shuttle privately owned canoes and vehicles. Also serves the Namekagon River.

Pardun's Canoe Rental and Shuttle Service

The Pardun Family, 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, just two hours from the Twin Cities. www.pardunscanoerental.com external link

Taylors Falls Canoe & Kayak Rentals

Rent canoes and kayaks out of the MN Interstate State Park or from Wildwood RV Park & Campground, Taylors Falls, MN 55084; 800-447-4958 or 651-465-6315. Free shuttles back to your car at the end of your trip. Scenic boat tours and dinner cruises on the St. Croix River also available. www.wildmountain.com external link

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. www.wildriverpaddling.com external link

Wilderness Inquiry

808 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414; 612-676-9400. wildernessinquiry.org external link 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

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. www.baitnet.com/gcoutfit external link Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, Little Fork, Mississippi, and Vermilion Rivers.

Spirit Lake Marina & RV Park

121 Spring St., Duluth, MN 55808; 218-628-3578. Canoe, kayak, boat and pontoon rentals. spiritlakemarinarv.com external link

Superior Whitewater Rafting

950 Chestnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718; 218-384-4637. Professionally guided whitewater raft trips on the Saint Louis River. No canoe rental. Call for reservations. www.minnesotawhitewater.com external link

The Canoeist

701 7th Ave., Two Harbors, MN 55616; 218-834-3523 or 877-353-3523. Canoe and kayak rental, shuttle service. www.TheCanoeist.com external link

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. www.snakeriveroutfittersmn.com external link

Vermilion 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. www.baitnet.com/gcoutfit. Also serves Big Fork, Cloquet, Little Fork, Mississippi, and Saint Louis Rivers.

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. www.hardwatersports.com/Gear-Rental.html external link

La Croix Outfitters

5713 Crane Lake Road, Buyck, MN 55771; 888-600-2842 or 218-993-2642. A full service outfitter including canoe rental, van shuttle service, trip outfitting and bunk accommodations. www.lacroixoutfitters.com external link Also serves Little Fork River & BWCA.

Vermilion River Cottages & Outfitters

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

Watonwan River

A to Z Rentals

1428 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato, MN 507-388-167. Canoe and kayak rental. http://atozrentalmankato.com external link

Zumbro River

Boulder Dam Canoe and Kayak

20 East Center St. (P.O. Box 82), Oronoco, MN 55960, Located in downtown Oronoco, operates on three branches of the Zumbro River. Canoe and kayak rentals plus shuttle service available. www.boulderdamcanoe.com external link

Silver Lake Boat and Bike Rental

700 West Silver Lake Dr NE, 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. www.zumbroriverratz.com external link

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. www.zumbrovalleycanoerental.com external link

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