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Canoeing Minnesota Rivers and Streams
Minnesota's many regions create all kinds of opportunities for canoeing. In the northeast, fast and steep rivers plunge towards Lake Superior. In the northwest, the waters are slower and boggier, heading to Hudson Bay. South of Lake Itasca all rivers lead to the Mississippi. The Mississippi, as it flows through the central part of the state, is designated “Wild & Scenic”; great for secluded paddling with lots of wildlife and some of the best fishing. In the west, rivers wind leisurely through the plains. The southeast, untouched by glaciers, is distinguished by dramatic bluffs; some waterways, like the St. Louis or the St. Croix, are suitable for overnight excursions, and some, like Minnehaha Creek, are perfect for a day trip. Guide books and local paddlers will have up-to-date details for specific routes, but these pages will get you started canoeing MN Rivers & Streams in the land of lakes.

Above the Falls Sports
Address: 120 3rd Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-825-8983    Web Site:
Boulder Dam Canoe Rental
Address: 20 Center Street E, Oronoco, MN 55960
Phone: 507-367-2658    Web Site:
Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental
Address: 615 North 5th Street Cannon Falls, MN
Phone: 507-407-4111    Web Site:

Clear Waters Outfitting Co. Central Minnesota canoe and kayak outfitter on the Mississippi River
Cycle Path and Paddle
Address: 115 3rd Ave. SW, Crosby MN
Phone: 218-545-4545    Web Site:
Eric’s Canoe and Kayak Rental Taylors Falls Dam
Address: 1170 Chisago Street, Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Phone: 651-270-1561
Eric’s Canoe and Kayak Rental Wild River State Park
Address: Wild River State Park, 39797 Park Trail, Center City, MN 55012 Phone: 651-270-1561
Rivers North Outfitters MN
Address: Big Falls, MN 56627
Phone: 1-877-481-2569 Web Site:
Root River Outfitters
Address: 105 Parkway South, Box 305 Lanesboro, MN 55949
Phone: 507-467-3400    Web Site:
Taylors Falls Canoe and Kayak Rental
Address: 37200 Wild Mountain Road Taylors Falls, MN
Phone: 651-465-6315    Web Site:
Welch Mill Canoeing and Tubing
Address: 26389 County 7 Blvd. Welch, MN
Phone: 800-657-6760    Web Site:


> Minnesota DNR: Canoeing Minnesota

> MN Water Levels: USGS Real-Time Water Data

> Whitewater Rivers in Minnesota

> Kettle River Paddle Festival

> Minnesota DNR: MN Wild and Scenic Rivers

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