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Paddle your adventure kayak or canoe on Minnesota's exciting lakes and rivers. Explore inland sea kayak or canoe adventures on amazing Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters.

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Minnesota offers you 10,000+ lakes and almost 100,000 miles of rivers and streams where you can enjoy quiet paddling or a more extreme adventure.

We love the feeling of adventure that comes from loading up a lightweight kayak and going where others may not go.

Sea Kayaking may seem a curious phrase for inland Minnesota. However, Lake Superior is often called our "inland sea" and your adventure kayak will find great use along the wild coast of this great lake.

If you are looking for white water, you are most likely to find it along the Lake Superior Water Trail on Superior's North Shore. Contact the Lake Superior Water Trail Association ( for more information.

Lake Superior: The Ultimate Guide to the Region is just one of several great books about what to see and do in the Lake Superior area.

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a dream come true for those who want to adventure kayak into the wilderness. This million acres of beauty can be explored by interconnected lakes and streams. 

A good idea is to ask for advice from one of these Boundary Waters canoe outfitters.

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Boundary Waters Canoe Camping will give you an overview of entry points into the Boundary Waters wilderness area, descriptions of specific routes, and tips about camping in the wilderness.

Voyageurs National Park offers a similar experience, without the restrictions of the Boundary waters. Voyageurs is the largest water-based National Park in the U.S. The Superior National Forest, in this same area of the state, is often overlooked as a place for kayaking. You will love kayaking and canoeing in the beautiful scenery here.

Voyageurs National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

Minnesota lakes and rivers in most parts of the state will take you to beautiful scenery, and to places where you can view our amazing wildlife

More Adventure Kayak Destinations in Minnesota

Some of the best choices for your kayak adventure are the Kettle that River flows through Banning State Park near the towns of Kettle River and Hinckley, and the St. Croix River that is on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border near Taylors Falls.

The Root River near Lanesboro and the Cannon River near Red Wing flow through some of the more southern parts of Minnesota. 

Paddle the Mississippi River if you are looking for more adventure kayak and canoe challenges. 

Minnesota State Parks - Our 78 state parks are located in the most scenic areas of the state. Some are rarely visited and you will find them to be lovely places to take your kayak or canoe, pitch a tent, and enjoy the scenery and wildlife.

A few other resources for your kayak adventure or canoe adventure are: The Minnesota Canoe Association - ( and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - ( They offer descriptions of many rivers, and lists of outfitters. 

Leave No Trace - The Wilderness Ethic

Leave No Trace refers to a set of outdoor ethics promoting conservation in the outdoors. It is built on seven principles:

1. plan ahead and prepare,

2. travel and camp on durable surfaces,

3. dispose of waste properly,

4. leave what you find,

5. minimize campfire impacts,

6. respect wildlife,

7. be considerate of other visitors.

These seven principles have been adapted to different activities, ecosystems and environments.

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