Heron Rookery & Sample (Minneapolis)
North Mississippi Regional Park to Boom Island Park (3.9 miles, 1.25 hours)
We've partner with The Sample Room to provide a river and dining experience that allows you to enjoy the Mississippi River and savor local food and drinks. The Sample Room have docks (coined "Sample Docks") located on the river that you can tie up the Paddle Share kayaks to and then walk up to eat and drink. Bring your Paddle Share PFD/lifejacket and receive 20% off your total tab!
At Boom Island, hop across the street to the Minneapolis Bouldering Project to boulder or do yoga. Then finish the day by enjoying a refreshing drink at Pryes Brewing Company. You can take a Nice Ride MN bike back to your starting route or take Uber/Lyft.
This route also includes the Heron Rookery (river left) before Lowry Bridge, Upper Harbor Terminal (river right), Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (river left), skyline view of Minneapolis, and Hall's Island (river left).
Kayak & Sample (Minneapolis)
Lowry Avenue Bridge/Mississippi Watershed Management Organization to Boom Island Park (1.7 miles, 30-45 minutes)
This route is similar to "Heron Rookery & Sample" but shorter and includes view of the Lowry Bridge, skyline view of Minneapolis, and Hall's Island (river left).
Eagles and Bridges (Minneapolis)
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park to North Mississippi Regional Park (7.5 miles, 2.5 hours)
This route includes view of the Coon Rapids Dam, an abandoned speakeasy structure (river right), eagle nests, Minneapolis Water Works (river left), and plenty of islands to navigate through.
Downtowner (Saint Paul)
Hidden Falls Regional Park (North Entrance) to Harriet Island Regional Park (6.3 miles, 2.5 hours)
At Harriet Island Regional Park, you can explore the park, check out the Padelfod Riverboats, walk around Raspberry Island where the Minnesota Boat Club is located and then take the staircases to access to Wabasha Street bridge to head into downtown Saint Paul. In downtown Saint Paul, there are plenty to check out like the Mississippi River Visitor Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Directly across the river from Harriet Island Regional Park is Red River Kitchen at City House, a restaurant situated along the river with a great views and delightful drinks and food.
This route includes view of the High Bridge and downtown Saint Paul, Historic Fort Snelling, Pike Island, confluence of the Minnesota River and Mississippi River, and a pirate ship (docked at Watergate Marina).