The land of 10,000 lakes has more than a few places for you to dip your paddle in the water. Whether you are canoeing, kayaking, rafting or stand-up paddle boarding, Grand Rapids, MN has a lake or river to suit your skill level and desire for excitement.
Northern Minnesota’s network of waterways can take you to some of our pristine, untouched wilderness that isn’t easily accessible by foot or car. From solo day-trips for first-timers to guided overnight paddles for the experienced explorer, Grand Rapids is a place where you can explore local secrets like the Joyce Estates and miles of undeveloped lake shore.
If you are an inexperienced paddler, be sure avoid boat traffic and to stick to smaller lakes. Once you feel more comfortable on the water you can hit up some of our larger lakes. Stay close to shore and in the back bays as a way to get your “sea legs” and adjust to larger bodies of water.
With our endless network of lakes and rivers, Grand Rapids is the perfect launching point for any adventurer.
Wherever you choose to check in for a night’s rest after exploring the scenic region of northern Minnesota, you will find a comfortable welcome. Check out our list below, and choose a hotel to stay at during your next Minnesota vacation.
Whether you like to canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board, Grand Rapids is a great paddling destination. Within a 10 mile radius we have 30 public water accesses that offer a variety of rivers and lakes to paddle on. Go out 20 miles and that number triples! If you are looking for quiet, sparsely populated lakes- we’ve got them. Large lakes with sand beaches- we’ve got them! We have lakes with parks, restaurants, historical sites, and even some that offer over night camping. We also have rivers that offer different perspectives than lake paddling, such as the Mississippi river, the Prairie River and the Swan River. If you like to paddle by yourself, with a friend or with the whole family there is a lake or river just waiting for you to explore in Grand Rapids. – Holli Busching, Paddle Hoppers Sales & Rentals