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Mississippi River Paddle Share is a new and exciting recreational and transportation opportunity for people who have some kayaking experience, 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 five options, soon to be six:

  1. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to North Mississippi Regional Park
    (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: May 26 - September 30)
    (Fridays: June 22 - August 31)
    Rent a single-person or tandem kayak (for $25 or $40, respectively, for three hours) at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and paddle 7.5 miles to the return stations located at North Mississippi Regional Park. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to the appropriate locker at North Mississippi Regional Park.
  2. River Park to North Mississippi Regional Park
    (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: May 26 - September 30)
    Rent a single-person or tandem kayak (for $20 or $35, respectively, for two hours) at River Park in Brooklyn Park and paddle 4.5 miles to the return stations located at North Mississippi Regional Park. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to the appropriate locker at North Mississippi Regional Park.
  3. North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park
    (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: May 26 - September 30)
    (Fridays: June 22 - August 31)
    Rent a single-person or two-person kayak (for $25 or $40, respectively, for three hours) from North Mississippi Regional Park and paddle 3.9 miles to the return stations located at Boom Island Park. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to Boom Island Park by the end of your rental period. It takes approximately 1 1/4 hrs to paddle through to Boom Island, but that could vary depending on conditions. We recommend enjoying the full three hours on the river. Bring a picnic, observe the heron rookery north of the Lowry Avenue Bridge, and/or stop for a snack or beverage at one of several establishments.
  4. Lowry Avenue Bridge to Boom Island Park
    (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: May 26 - September 30)
    (Fridays: June 22 - August 31)
    Rent a single-person kayak (for $20 for two hours) from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization and paddle 1.7 miles to the return stations located at Boom Island Park. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to Boom Island Park by the end of your rental period. This paddle takes approximately 30-45 minutes depending on conditions, but feel free to take longer. You can view a heron rookery just a short upstream paddle from the Lowry Avenue Bridge.
  5. Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Entrance) to Harriet Island Regional Park
    (Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays: May 26 - September 30)
    (Fridays: June 22 - August 31)
    Rent a single-person or tandem kayak (for $25 or $40, respectively, for three hours) at Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Entrance) and paddle 6.3 miles to the return stations located at Kelley’s Landing at Harriet Island Regional Park. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to the appropriate locker at Harriet Island by the end of your rental period.
    Warning: There is a significant chance of encountering barge and other commercial traffic in this stretch. Extra caution and experience required. Follow the marked route on the maps inside the boats to avoid large vessels.
  6. Coming Soon!
    Pickerel Lake
    Rent a single-person or tandem kayak (for $20 or $35, respectively) at Pickerel Lake in Lilydale Regional Park and explore the lake for up to 1:55 hours. All kayaks and equipment must be returned to the same locker you rented from by the end of your rental period. This location is a great location to have your first experience with paddling or Paddle Share!

Important Information

  • Reservations can be made several days in advance and you can reserve more than one boat at a time.
  • Late returns will be locked out and charged $100. We will contact Search & Rescue 45 minutes past the time your kayak is due, so please be on time.
  • Tell a friend that you are going kayaking on the Mississippi and let them know when your trip is over.
  • The paddle share system is for experienced kayakers. You must be 18 or older to operate a kayak by yourself, but you can be younger or be less experienced if you are in a two-person kayak with an experienced adult kayaker.
  • If you are a beginner, please enjoy other ways to paddle with Three Rivers, Paddle Bridge, Wahoo! Adventures, Wilderness Inquiry, 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. To have your reservation fee refunded, please fill out and submit this form within 48 hours of your reservation being cancelled. The conditions for a refund are listed in the Reason for Request section at the bottom of the form. Check Facebook, Twitter, or 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. Look for return station signs on the left descending bank just after the Lowry Avenue Bridge. The take-out from that point is about 150 yards downstream.
  • Be aware of hazards on the river like fallen trees, rocks, stumps, and other river obstructions, as well as bridge piers and eddys. View our Safety and FAQs for more information.

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. Read the safety information and sign the Waiver.
  4. Pay with a credit card.
  5. You will be emailed and texted an access code* that unlocks a Paddle Share locker that includes your kayak, paddle, and life vest.
  6. Remove your equipment and close your locker.
  7. Be safe. Enjoy your paddle!
  8. Return your equipment on time to the appropriate location.

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

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Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

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River Park in Brooklyn Park

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North Mississippi Regional Park

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Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

The Hidden Falls Regional Park Paddle Share Station/Route is closed for safety reasons due to high waters.

The Pickerel Lake Rental/Return Paddle Share Station will be opening soon!

All the Minneapolis and St. Paul stations are aligned with Nice Ride bike share stations. For a separate fee, you can paddle one way and bike back along this great river. Transit service and ride share is available from the other locations. See www.rivertripplanner.org for transit and bike share options, including schedules and locations.

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2018 Operating Season
(Weather Dependent)

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
May 26 - September 30
Fridays:
June 22 - August 31

River Park
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
May 26 - September 30

North Mississippi Regional Park
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
May 26 - September 30
Fridays:
June 22 - August 31

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
May 26 - September 30
Fridays:
June 22 - August 31

Hidden Falls Regional Park
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays:
May 26 - September 30
Fridays:
June 22 - August 31

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

If bad weather occurs, go to the nearest take-out or Paddle Share station to get off the river.

For closure notifications due to weather or events, check: https://www.facebook.com/paddleshare.org/
or call 844-694-6489 (toll-free).

Questions or equipment problems? Call 844-694-6489 (toll-free).

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

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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