The paddle share system is closed for the season. Thank you for a great first year. We're looking forward to making next year even better!

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Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who don’t own a boat and want a safe and enjoyable river experience. This is a first of its kind in a national park and in the country.

Here’s how it works.

You now have two options:

  1. Friday - Sunday
    Rent a single-person kayak from North Mississippi Regional Park or the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. Paddle 3.9 miles from North Mississippi Regional Park or 1.7 miles from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to the return stations located at Boom Island Park. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to Boom Island by the end of your rental period.
  2. 7 days/week
    (Recommended for experienced paddlers)
    Rent a kayak at Bohemian Flats and paddle round trip to and from Bohemian Flats in this scenic stretch of the Mississippi River Gorge. The recommended turnaround point is either the railroad bridge (3 hrs/5 miles) or the sandy beach below the Lake Street Bridge (5 hrs/7 miles). All rentals must be returned to the Bohemian Flats station by the end of your rental period.

Important Information

  • Late returns will be locked out and charged $100 per hour.
  • The paddle share system is for experienced kayakers. You must be 18 or older to operate a kayak. If you are a beginner, please enjoy other ways to paddle with Above the Falls Sports, Wahoo! Adventures, Wilderness Inquiry, Wheel Fun, REI Outdoor School, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, or your local park and recreation department.
  • The system will be shut down due to unfavorable river conditions (high water levels/currents, heavy precipitation, strong winds forecasted, etc.) no later than one hour before rental periods. All reservation fees will then be refunded. Call 844-694-6489 (toll free) to confirm stations are open.
  • The locks at St. Anthony Falls are closed. For your safety, it is mandatory that you take out at Boom Island.
  • There is no return station for Bohemian Flats. You must launch and paddle back upstream to return to that location. This stretch is for experienced paddlers.

Ready to rent a kayak?

  1. Click the "Make a Reservation" button at the bottom of this section that corresponds to the location you’d like to start your trip.
  2. Choose your rental period.
  3. Pay with a credit card.
  4. You will be emailed an access code* that unlocks a Paddle Share locker that includes your kayak, paddle, and life vest.
  5. Remove your equipment and close your locker.
    Be safe. Enjoy your paddle!

*Check your spam folder if you don’t receive your access code.

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North Mississippi Regional Park

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

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Bohemian Flats

All the stations are aligned with Nice Ride bike share stations. You can paddle one way and bike back along this great river. See for transit and bike share options, including schedules and locations.


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2016 Operating Season
(Weather Dependent)

North Mississippi Regional Park/
MWMO Stations

September: Friday-Sunday
October: Friday-Sunday

Bohemian Flats Station
Open 7 days/week

Emergency: 911
Questions or equipment problems?
844-694-6489 (toll-free)

For more information
or to book a special event,
call 651-293-8436.

Go to the nearest take-out or Paddle Share station to get off the river in the event of bad weather

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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