Don’t have you own Kayak but want to get out on the water? No problem! You can rent a Kayak via the Mississippi River Paddle Share Program.
With warmer weather coming up, we wanted to remind you all about the Mississippi Paddle Share program!
If you don’t own your own kayak but have kayaked before, the Mississippi Paddle Share Program is something you may want to check out. You can choose to rent a single-person or tandem kayak.
You’ll choose a specific starting point and reserve your kayak online. Use your access code to unlock your locker at your starting location. Then put on your life jacket (provided) and use the map inside your kayak to explore the river and navigate to your end location. Once you’re there, you’ll need to return all the equipment to the locker by 5 pm.
There are five different routes you can choose from:
- Mississippi Gateway Regional Park to North Mississippi Regional Park (7.5 miles, ~2 hours 30 minutes paddle time)
- River Park (Brooklyn Park) to Boom Island Regional Park (8.5 miles, ~3 hours paddle time)
- North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Regional Park (4 miles, ~1.5 hours paddle time)
- *NEW ROUTE* Bohemian Flats Park to Minneapolis Rowing Club (Lake Street) (3 miles, ~1 hour paddle time)
- Pickerel Lake Station (~2 hours paddle time)
Don’t forget to bring water, sunscreen, and your reservation code! They recommend you wear water shoes/sandals and clothes that are OK to get wet. Consider bringing rain gear or warmer layers as well as insect repellent, a dry bag, sunglasses, and a hat.
Prices vary by day and route but range from $20-$35 for a single kayak and $35-$50 for a double kayak.
For Your Safety
COVID-19 Protocols: Paddle Share is committed to providing a clean and safe way to recreate. We adhere to these standards based on best practices and CDC guidance.
Social Distancing: Staff and users must maintain the social distancing standard of 6ft.
Cleaning: Staff will hand wash all life jackets after use. They will wash all hard surfaces including paddles and kayaks with CDC approved cleaning agents after each use.
Scheduling: All equipment will be used only once per day. This will allow everything to be cleaned and then rest before it is used again. The reservation windows are longer than in previous years, allowing for a more staggered start time.
More information on the availability, price and hours of the program can be found here. Reservations can be made up to 21 days in advance.