I Can Paddle!

I Can Paddle!

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Get your family 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 family will be ready to launch your own paddling adventure.

  • 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; all equipment provided.
  • Great for families!

I Can Paddle! schedules and details

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Canoeing on the Lake

Perfect for families 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.

  • 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.
  • $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 ($7/day or $35/year). One-day vehicle permits ($7 value) are included with all I Can! programs where a permit is required.

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Thu., June 7

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., June 10

10:00 a.m.

Lake Maria State Park

Thu., June 14

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., June 17

10:00 a.m.

Rice Lake State Park

Thu., June 21

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., June 24

10:00 a.m.

Sakatah Lake State Park

Thu., June 28

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Thu., July 5

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., July 8

10:00 a.m.

St. Croix State Park

Thu., July 12

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., July 15

10:00 a.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Thu., July 19

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., July 22

10:00 a.m.

Lake Maria State Park

Thu., July 26

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., July 29

10:00 a.m.

Sibley State Park

Thu., August 2

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 5

10:00 a.m.

St. Croix State Park

Thu., August 9

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 12

10:00 a.m.

Moose Lake State Park

Thu., August 16

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 19

10:00 a.m.

Lake Maria State Park

Thu., August 23

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 26

10:00 a.m.

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Thu., August 30

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

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.
  • $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.

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Thu., June 7

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., June 10

10:00 a.m.

Rice Lake State Park

Thu., June 14

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., June 17

10:00 a.m.

Sakatah Lake State Park

Thu., June 21

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., June 24

10:00 a.m.

Myre-Big Island State Park

Thu., June 28

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Thu., July 5

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., July 8

1:00 p.m.

St. Croix State Park

Thu., July 12

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., July 15

1:00 p.m.

Lake Louise State Park

Thu., July 19

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., July 22

1:00 p.m.

Lake Maria State Park

Thu., July 26

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., July 29

1:00 p.m.

Sibley State Park

Thu., August 2

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 5

1:00 p.m.

St. Croix State Park

Thu., August 9

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 12

1:00 p.m.

Moose Lake State Park

Thu., August 16

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Sun., August 19

1:00 p.m.

Lake Maria State Park

Thu., August 23

6:00 p.m.

William O'Brien State Park

Sun., August 26

1:00 p.m.

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area

Thu., August 30

6:00 p.m.

Fort Snelling State Park

Canoeing on the River

Perfect for families that want to paddle together in the same boat and take their 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.
  • $35 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 ($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.

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Nearest Town

Sat., June 16

9:30 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

Taylors Falls

Sat., June 23

9:30 a.m.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Carver

Sun., July 1

9:30 a.m.

Otter Tail River State Water Trail

Fergus Falls

Sat., July 7

9:30 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

North Branch

Sat., July 14

9:30 a.m.

Root River State Water Trail

Chatfield

Sat., July 21

9:30 a.m.

Rum River State Water Trail

Cambridge

Sat., July 28

9:30 a.m.

Mississippi River State Water Trail

Clearwater

Sat., August 4

9:30 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

Taylors Falls

Sat., August 11

9:30 a.m.

St. Louis River State Water Trail

Duluth

Sat., August 18

9:30 a.m.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Carver

Sat., August 25

9:30 a.m.

Rum River State Water Trail

Cambridge

Sat., September 1

9:30 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

North Branch

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.
  • $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.

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Nearest Town

Sat., June 16

11:00 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

Taylors Falls

Sat., June 23

11:00 a.m.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Carver

Sun., July 1

11:00 a.m.

Otter Tail River State Water Trail

Fergus Falls

Sat., July 7

11:00 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

North Branch

Sat., July 14

11:00 a.m.

Root River State Water Trail

Chatfield

Sat., July 21

11:00 a.m.

Rum River State Water Trail

Cambridge

Sat., July 28

11:00 a.m.

Mississippi River State Water Trail

Clearwater

Sat., August 4

11:00 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

Taylors Falls

Sat., August 11

11:00 a.m.

St. Louis River State Water Trail

Duluth

Sat., August 18

11:00 a.m.

Minnesota River State Water Trail

Carver

Sat., August 25

11:00 a.m.

Rum River State Water Trail

Cambridge

Sat., September 1

11:00 a.m.

St. Croix River State Water Trail

North Branch

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.
  • $45 per adult, $35 per child.
  • Programs last two hours.
  • 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.

Ready to sign up? Reserve now!

Date

Time

Location

Sat., July 21

10 a.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., July 21

1 p.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., August 18

10 a.m.

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Sat., August 18

1 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, 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.

Before you go

Packing checklist What to bring to an I Can Paddle! program?
Safety tips Best practices when you are on the water

Questions

Still have 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 [email protected].

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