I Can Paddle!


I Can Paddle!

 

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

  • Wide variety of entry-level canoeing and kayaking programs.
  • Learn the skills necessary to safely venture out onto Minnesota's lakes and rivers with ease.
  • All equipment provided, use of a canoe or kayak, plus paddles and life jackets.
  • Small group sizes—you'll get the attention you need to develop your skills.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Great for families!

I Can Paddle! schedules and details

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I Can Paddle! Canoeing on the Lake

Perfect for people that want to paddle together in the same boat. These programs teach the basics of canoeing on lakes, from launching a canoe to paddling efficiently and planning a safe canoe outing.

  • Programs last approximately two hours.
  • $25 per canoe, with up to three people per canoe (two paddling, one sitting in the middle).
  • Participants must be at least 5 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

2019 Schedule

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Date Time Location
Thurs., June 66:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sat., June 810:00 a.m.Rice Lake State Park
Sun., June 910:00 a.m.Sakatah Lake State Park
Thurs., June 136:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., June 1610:00 a.m.Lake Maria State Park
Thurs., June 206:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., June 276:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., July 710:00 a.m.Lake Maria State Park
Thurs., July 116:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., July 1410:00 a.m.St. Croix State Park
Thurs., July 186:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., July 256:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., July 2810:00 a.m.Moose Lake State Park
Thurs., Aug. 16:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., Aug. 410:00 a.m.Sibley State Park
Thurs., Aug. 86:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., Aug. 156:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., Aug. 1810:00 a.m.Lake Maria State Park
Thurs., Aug. 226:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., Aug. 296:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
I Can Paddle! Canoeing on the River

Perfect for people that want to paddle together in the same boat and take their canoeing to the next level. Paddle along miles of calm (no rapids) and scenic rivers while learning essential canoeing skills.
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 of your own.

  • All programs start at 9:30 a.m. and go until approximately 2:30 p.m.
  • $35 per canoe, with up to three people per canoe (two paddling, one sitting in the middle).
  • Participants must be at least 8 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

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.

2019 Schedule

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Date Time Location Nearest town
Sat., June 159:30 a.m.Minnesota River State Water TrailCarver
Sun., June 239:30 a.m.Otter Tail State Water TrailFergus Falls
Sat., July 69:30 a.m.Rum River State Water TrailCambridge
Sat., July 139:30 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailTaylors Falls
Sat., July 279:30 a.m.St. Louis River State Water TrailDuluth
Sat., Aug. 39:30 a.m.Mississippi River State Water TrailClearwater
Sat., Aug. 179:30 a.m.Rum River State Water TrailCambridge
Sat., Aug. 249:30 a.m.Minnesota River State Water TrailCarver
Sun., Aug. 259:30 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailTaylors Falls
I Can Paddle! Canoe Camping

Our overnight canoe camping programs will help prepare you for future paddling trips to lakes and riverside campsites. We'll help you plan for your trip and make sure that you learn all of the necessary canoeing and camping skills as we paddle and camp along the St. Croix River.

  • $85 per canoe (up to two people per canoe).
  • Reservation includes meals and all canoeing and camping equipment.
  • Participants must be at least 10 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Programs will conclude around noon on Sunday.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

Pre-Trip Information and Shuttling

Because of the length and remote nature of I Can Paddle! Canoe Camping programs, participants will be provided with a pre-trip packet including a packing list, program description, and additional program information, etc. These packets will be e-mailed out following your registration. Participants will also receive an email or phone call form program leaders regarding meal preferences.

Participants will meet and begin the program at St. Croix State Park; from there, we will shuttle you up-river to the put-in where you will begin paddling, we will spend the night at a riverside campsite and then paddle the rest of the way back to your vehicles on Sunday morning.

2019 Schedule

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I Can Paddle! 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.

  • Programs last approximately two hours.
  • Participants must be at least 8 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • $20 per adult, $10 per child, one person per kayak.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

2019 Schedule

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Date Time Location
Thurs., June 66:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sat., June 810:00 a.m.Sakatah Lake State Park
Sun., June 910:00 a.m.Rice Lake State Park
Thurs., June 136:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., June 161:00 p.m.Lake Maria State Park
Thurs., June 206:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., June 276:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., July 71:00 p.m.Lake Maria State Park
Thurs., July 116:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., July 141:00 p.m.St. Croix State Park
Thurs., July 186:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., July 256:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., July 281:00 p.m.Moose Lake State Park
Thurs., Aug. 16:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., Aug. 41:00 p.m.Sibley State Park
Thurs., Aug. 86:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., Aug. 156:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Sun., Aug. 181:00 p.m.Lake Maria State Park
Thurs., Aug. 226:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
Thurs., Aug. 296:00 p.m.William O'Brien State Park
I Can Paddle! 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.

  • All programs start at 11 a.m. and go until approximately 4 p.m.
  • Participants must be at least 12 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • $30 per adult, $20 per child, one person per kayak.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

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.

2019 Schedule

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Date Time Location Nearest town
Sat., June 1511:00 a.m.Minnesota River State Water TrailCarver
Sun., June 2311:00 a.m.Otter Tail State Water TrailFergus Falls
Sat., June 2911:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailNorth Branch
Sun., June 3011:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailNorth Branch
Sat., July 611:00 a.m.Rum River State Water TrailCambridge
Sat., July 1311:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailTaylors Falls
Sat., July 2011:00 a.m.Cannon River State Water TrailFaribault
Sun., July 2111:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailTaylors Falls
Sat., July 2711:00 a.m.St. Louis River State Water TrailDuluth
Sat., Aug. 311:00 a.m.Mississippi River State Water TrailClearwater
Sat., Aug. 1011:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailNorth Branch
Sun., Aug. 1111:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailNorth Branch
Sat., Aug. 1711:00 a.m.Rum River State Water TrailCambridge
Sat., Aug. 2411:00 a.m.Minnesota River State Water TrailCarver
Sun., Aug. 2511:00 a.m.St. Croix River State Water TrailTaylors Falls
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.

  • Programs last two hours.
  • Participants must be at least 12 years old.
  • Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • $45 per adult, $35 per child.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

2019 Schedule

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Date Time Location
Sat., July 2010:00 a.m.Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Sat., July 201:00 p.m.Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Sat., Aug. 1010:00 a.m.Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
Sat., Aug. 1011:0 p.m.Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

 

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 online now! Or, if you prefer to sign up by phone, please contact the DNR Information Center.

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

Still have questions? Please contact the DNR Information Center. You can also get more information by emailing [email protected].

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