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Canoeing & Kayaking

Close up of an oar and side of canoe in the Boundary Waters
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Paddling adventures aplenty await in Ely / Paul Vincent

Float On

Peaceful multi-day canoe trips in remote northern wilderness. Urban sightseeing floats in the Twin Cities. Adrenaline-pumping whitewater runs on rushing river rapids. With more than 10,000 lakes and nearly 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, you'll find incredible aquatic adventures in Minnesota no matter how you prefer to paddle.

A canoe in the Boundary Waters

Canoeing in the Boundary Waters is one of Minnesota's most unique outdoor adventures / Peter de Sibour

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Water, water everywhere, whether you canoe or kayak

A woman portages a canoe in the Boundary Waters

Portaging a canoe in the Boundary Waters  / Paul Vincent

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Woman and dog kayaking on the Chain of Lakes

Doing a "doggy paddle" on the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis / Paul Vincent

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 Make sense of the metro area's nearly 1,400 lakes 

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A family kayaking on the Mississippi River

A family kayaking on the Mississippi River  / Chelsea and Eric Eul, Courtesy of Clear Waters Outfitting

Where to Canoe and Kayak with Kids

From dark sky sanctuaries to lots of pristine lakes 

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