The Best Kayaking in Minnesota

Looking for the best kayaking in Minnesota? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Minnesota. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top kayaking spots in and near Minnesota

  • Taylors Falls, Minnesota

    Explore Interstate State Park

    4.3
    3 mi
    Situated on top of a series of craggy bluffs, Interstate State Park is a small park that offers amazing views of the St. Croix River gorge. With a pine forest ecosystem usually only found a hundred miles north of the park, the lichen encrusted rocks and spring wildflowers offer the Northwoods exp...
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  • Askov, Minnesota

    Hike the Quarry Loop Trail

    5.0
    2.4 mi / 40 ft gain
    The Quarry Loop is an easy hike in Banning State Park, which draws its name from the abandoned sandstone quarry you pass along the way. The trail's rival attraction is the whitewater of the Kettle River, visible as you hike, including the Blueberry Slide, Mother's Delight, and Dragon's Tooth rapi...
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  • Two Harbors, Minnesota

    Hike Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Corundum Point

    5.8 mi / 300 ft gain
    On November 28, 1905, a violent storm hit Split Rock Point on the North Shore of Lake Superior. While large storms aren't unusual at Split Rock, this particular storm resulted in the destruction of twenty-nine ships on the lake in a single day, prompting the construction of Split Rock Lighthouse....
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  • Rogers, Minnesota

    Hike the Crow-Hassan Regional Park Loop

    4 mi / 90 ft gain
    Crow-Hassan Park Reserve is the largest prairie based park in the Twin Cities metro area. Although there are many ways to experience Crow-Hassan including horseback riding, canoeing on the scenic Crow River, or even staying the night in one of the park's campgrounds, the simplest way to enjoy it ...
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  • Silver Bay, Minnesota

    Kayak along the Shoreline of Tettegouche State Park

    Begin your kayaking tour at the Northshore Mining Access (http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/maps/kayaking/lswt_map2.pdf) in Silver Bay, right after you pass the Northshore Mining facility. From here, begin paddling north towards Palisade head. The paddle from the launch to Palisade Head is just over 2...
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  • Welch, Minnesota

    Paddle the Cannon River

    5.0
    If you want a quiet, secluded paddle, this may not be the adventure for you. The Cannon River is a very popular destination in the summer months for groups of canoers, kayakers and tubers. Drinking on the river is not discouraged.Book a reservation with Welch Mill. They provide shuttle service, l...
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  • Shakopee, Minnesota

    Kayak Lake O'Dowd

    This beautiful, calm lake is ideal for those who prefer seclusion out on the water.Start out on the north side of the lake, and kayak or canoe towards the golf course - there are a number of bays to explore, along the way. Then head over to the eastern shore, which offers lots of scenic spots. On...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Paddle the Boundary Waters' Seagull to Saganaga Loop

    29 mi
    First, things first - plan your trip well! There are many details that need to go into planning even a short trip into the Boundary Waters. Various websites and companies exist to help you plan and check off all of the boxes prior to your departure date. The bwca.com website is one I found to be ...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Camp at Trail's End Campground

    5.0
    Trail's End Campground is located at the very end of the Gunflint Trail, a remote highway that cuts into the heart of the Minnesota Northwoods. Catch the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais along Highway 61 on the North Shore of Lake Superior. From Grand Marais, you'll wind your way sixty miles along ...
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  • Tower, Minnesota

    Canoe to Loon Lake from Entry #14

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is located in the northern portion of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. What once used to be covered by glaciers is now home to approximately 1.1 million acres of land with 1,200 miles of canoe routes. Permits are required for access...
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  • Ely, Minnesota

    Canoe or Kayak the Ensign and Birch Lake Loop

    This is a great 24 mile loop if you are last minute planning or are only doing a weekend kayak/canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN. The starting point is at Moose Lake boat launch and parking lot, which is about a 30 minute drive north of Ely, MN on Co Hwy 18. You must obtain a permi...
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  • Grand Marais, Minnesota

    Canoe to the Palisades on Seagull Lake in the BWCA

    Begin your trip at the Seagull Lake boat launch at Trail's End Campground. The campground, located in Superior National Forest at the very end of the Gunflint Trail, is an hour and half drive from the nearest town of Grand Marais and is a great place to stay the night before. There are no motors ...
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  • Kabetogama, Minnesota

    Canoe or Kayak Lake Kabetogama

    4.8
    Lake Kabetogama is located in Voyageurs National Park and is one of the main attractions for the park. We saw so many vehicles with boat trailers in every parking lot. There are houseboat campsites, lots of fishing, tour boats, rental canoes and kayaks. Since we don't own our own boats, we rente...
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  • Bemidji, Minnesota

    Paddle at Big Wolf Lake

    4.0
    Big Wolf Lake is a relatively little lake in comparison to neighboring waters (Leech, Cass, or even Bemidji).  Start out at the access point on the southwestern part of the lake. The southern bay mostly consists of summer residences. If you paddle north, you'll cross a point that separates the la...
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  • Two Harbors, Minnesota

    Thompson Beach

    Thompson Beach is a Minnesota DNR public access beach. Camping is an excellent option, but they ask that you limit it to one night. Camping access is by paddle-in only. There are two easy places to launch your boat from, one from the north Twin Points Protected Access. From there it is about a mi...
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  • Lake Bronson, Minnesota

    Hike the Aspen Parklands Trail at Lake Bronson State Park

    3.4 mi
    Built in the 1930's by the Works Progress Administration, Lake Bronson was originally designed to be a major tourist attraction for the region. Due to lack of funding, most of the planned projects were never completed and the park has faded into obscurity. However, it still offers some of the bes...
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