Ready to go? Great! Now what?
First things first. Kayaks are ready to rent Thursdays - Sundays. Times vary by day (see below)
$65 per kayak, includes tax. Up to 16 kayaks, unguided. 2 kayak minimum, per reservation (for safety reasons).
Instruction and route information
Drop off and pick up of the rental kayaks, paddles and life vests.
Dry bags and phone bags
2-3 hours of kayaking
(No people transportation provided)
The reservation calendar goes out 2 weeks at a time due to highly variable water and weather conditions. Check back for later season dates.
Reservations here: (Link available in late April).
Cancellation policy / weather / water flow You will pay in full when you book online. If the weather is unsuitable for kayaking (rain, cold temperatures or high winds) or if the water flow is too low or too high, Tamara will contact you to reschedule on a future date. You will be given as much notice as possible. If rescheduling cannot happen before the end of the season you will be refunded. KTC will attempt to accommodate client requested rescheduling with at least 5 days notice with no penalty. Cancellations with less than 5 days notice cannot be refunded.
Which section? KTC will be continually updating which section of the creek we are currently renting on based on water flow. Please be flexible and know that all sections are great! It is typical that the Minnetonka/Hopkins/St Louis Park sections run best in May and June and the Edina/Minneapolis sections run best in July and August. Want to learn a little more about the different sections? Find out more here. Rentals are for 2-3 hour time slots. (Exact length varies and is determined by water flow and the speed you paddle.) In that time, you will do one of the sections of the 22 mile long creek. Generally, the higher the flow rate, the more distance you will travel in your time slot. You will need to read & fill out one safety, rules & liability waiver for each person renting a kayak (with special instructions for minors). You must read and fill this out ahead of time. Please print, read & bring signed waiver with you.*
What to expect Tipping out of your kayak is possible and you WILL get wet. Depending on the current water levels, some areas of the creek may have rapids or be quite low, requiring you to walk beside your kayak for a short distance. Consider a swimsuit or activeware shorts and a t-shirt. Additionally, bring a towel to sit on in the car afterward, a filled water bottle that can be secured with a provided carabiner and an optional easy-to-eat snack. NO ALCOHOL. Each kayak has a semi-secure place to put items that you don't want to lose built in and KTC will provide you with one small dry bag for your wallet, keys and snacks PLUS one dry bag for your phone so you can optionally take pictures, use a GPS map and contact KTC if needed. After your on-shore instructions you will launch and have a great time! KTC staff will meet you at the end of your run to pick up the kayaks.
Transportation is not provided back to your vehicle. KTC recommends that you: Arrange to drop off a second vehicle at the exit point, have a friend drop you off at the start or grab an Uber or Lyft to bring you to the starting point. Though the kayak trip is several hours, the actual road distance is not great and a hired car cost is minimal.
* If you do not have a printer, KTC will provide you with a waiver at the time of your reservation. You will receive an email confirming all of the details of your trip.