Paddling

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.

All Paddling Programs

Upcoming paddling programs and events.

Watercraft Rentals

Watercraft rentals are now available! 

New in 2020: All boat rentals must be reserved online. Boats can be reserved in two-hour time blocks up to seven days in advance. Same-day reservations are available online. Additional cleaning processes will be in place for boats and life jackets.

Private Lessons

Looking for more personalized instruction? Arrange a private one-on-one or group lesson at your skill level. Equipment included. Call the Outdoor Recreation School at 763.694.7717 for scheduling and pricing.

Watch a Video about Paddling in Three Rivers

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

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!

Related Blog Posts

Best Places to Paddle Part 2

By: Grant Armour

June 08, 2020

Find serenity and relaxation on the water this summer. From lakes teeming with wildlife to calm waters with island shoreline to explore, read on to find some more of our favorite places to paddle in Three Rivers. 

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

Boating

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.

Campground

Camping

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 dogs on leashes on a paved trail.

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 mountain biker rides on a dirt path through tall grasses.

If you’re looking for your own adventure, give mountain biking a try in Three Rivers. There are designated mountain bike trails at CarverElm 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

Two women cross-country ski on a sunny day.

Three Rivers features 80 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.