Recreate on the water with canoeing, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. Get exercise and fresh air while you explore the shorelines and bays where motorized boats can’t go. Along the way, keep your eyes open for a variety of animals, including swans, turtles and beavers. It’s peaceful, it’s healthy and it’s fun for the whole family. Bring your own watercraft or rent one from us.

Hyland Lake Closed for Construction

The Hyland Lake boat launch, including watercraft rental, is closed for the 2019 season due to construction

In Three Rivers, having fun doesn't have to cost a thing. From free parking to free activities to free programs and events, find your adventure!

Watercraft Rentals

Rent From A Three Rivers Park

No boat? No problem. Three Rivers parks have canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and more available for rent! See hours and rental information.

Paddle Share Programs

Mississippi River Paddle Share Program — Open

The Mississippi River Paddle Share Program has partnered with Three Rivers to offer kayak rentals to experienced paddlers! Put-in stations are located in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and River Park (in partnership with Brooklyn Park). Plan your trip, make online reservations, and see other local partners supporting this program. Learn more.

Taft Park Paddle Share — Open

At Taft Park in Richfield, rent a tandem kayak, single kayak or stand-up paddleboard from an equipment-sharing station. Review safety tips and Program FAQs before reserving your equipment. Be sure to monitor weather conditions before your paddling experience. For questions, call 763.694.7687.

Twin Lakes Paddle Share — Open

Rent a tandem kayak, single kayak or stand-up paddleboard from this equipment-sharing station at Twin Lakes Boat Launch in Robbinsdale. Review safety tips and Program FAQs before reserving your equipment

Private Lessons & Tours

Looking for more personalized instruction, a fun group activity, or tour? Arrange a private one-on-one or group program at your skill level. Equipment included. Call the Outdoor Recreation School at 763.694.7717 for large group pricing, or to schedule private lessons, programs and tours.

Watch a Video about Paddling in Three Rivers

We offer a variety of adapted paddling programs for kids and adults. 

All Paddling Programs

Upcoming paddling programs and events.

Related Blog Posts

6 Ways to Spend an Evening in the Parks

By: Mary Christine Kane

July 22, 2019

When the sun is starting to fade over the horizon, it could be the beginning of a great, new adventure. Skip the sunburn, beat the crowds and enjoy a magical part of the day by visiting the parks in the evening or at night.

July 15, 2019

The heat of summer is here, and sometimes a peaceful paddle is just what you need to cool off. See our favorite places to paddle in Three Rivers, then hit the water and find yours!

Other things to do

Boat Launch


two men fishing in a small motor boat.

Three Rivers offers plenty of boating opportunities with over 30 lakes, rivers and streams. With lake access points and trailer parking sites, it’s easy to get the family out on the water to enjoy the ultimate Minnesota pastime.



Camping tent and fire

Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of and at Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds are located at Baker, Carver, and Cleary Lake

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

a man walks two large light-colored dogs on a paved trail through trees and a picnic area.

Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, turf, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash unless in a designated dog off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.

Mountain Bike Trail

Mountain Biking

a woman bikes on a dirt trail through a prairie.

If you’re looking for your own adventure, give mountain biking a try in Three Rivers. There are designated mountain bike trails at Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca, and Murphy-Hanrehan parks and other paved bike/hike trails of varying terrain and difficulty for mountain bikers of any skill level.

Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-Country Skiing

Skier on trail

Three Rivers features 70 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails at various locations. Trails are available for skiers of all skill levels. Don't forget to check trail conditions before you head out.

Skijoring and Dog Sledding

Skijoring & Dog Sledding

Women on skis with dog pulling

If you have a dog with some pent-up winter energy, bring it to Three Rivers Parks for fun exercise where we have designated trails for skijoring and dog sledding.