Hidden Falls Regional Park

The park dates back to 1887, when it was selected by Horace Cleveland, a nationally known landscape architect and park planner, as one of four major park sites for the City of Saint Paul. Featured in the park is a small spring-fed waterfall from which the park got its name. The park has four primary use areas: a primitive area, a boat launching area, a general picnic area, and a scenic falls area. The Paddle Share station is located just south of the boat ramp at the southern end of the parking lot, accessible via the park’s North Entrance.

Note: Your kayak has a unique number (e.g., S3U1). Please be sure to return your kayak equipment into the corresponding locker at Harriet Island and lock your kayak up with the corresponding lock (e.g., S3U1R) there, which has the same access code that was provided to you at the time reserved.

Warning: There is a significant chance of encountering barge and other commercial traffic in this stretch. Extra caution and experience required.


This is a commercial stretch of river. To ensure your safety, please stay close to the bank when passing a large boat that is moving. It is extremely hard for large vessels and tow boats to see small boats such as kayaks and difficult for them to move quickly. When paddling past a boat that is docked, stay at least 100 feet away. When the river is high, currents near large boats can pull small boats under.

  • Days available: Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays (June 8 - September 29) and Fridays (June 14 - August 30)
  • Reservation windows: 9:00 A.M. to Noon and 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • Kayaks available: 12 solo and 4 tandem
  • Cost: $25 solo kayak and $40 tandem kayak
  • There is currently no bike share at this site.
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Stay away from commercial traffic and be prepared to wait for traffic to clear in this stretch of the river.

  • To avoid commercial vessels, please stay on river left/along the left descending bank from Hidden Falls to river mile 841.25.
  • Don’t paddle within 1,000 feet ahead or behind and don’t paddle with 100 feet from the side of any commercial vessel.
  • Currents can pull small craft under.
  • Commercial vessels always have the right of way.

Thank You Paddle Share Partners!

Plans are to expand the Paddle Share system over the next few years throughout the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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