Creek sections to choose from. They are all great ~ you'll want to come back to try the all!
Late August Update: The Minnetonka and St. Louis Park sections are uncharacteristically still open for paddling due to the consistent rains keeping the water levels high late into the summer - however they are quite weedy in the marshy areas making some of the paddling difficult in those areas - if you want to do it - do it soon (there are still some rapids). The SLP section has "less" rapids than the Minnetonka section. (Please make sure you are comfortable with this). The Edina & Minneapolis sections are now open, but the recent rains have brought the water levels up really high. Since this section is very narrow it is more greatly affected by rain. These sections are on a day to day basis - ask and I'll let you know. The trees have been cleared. At the current water flow, you would start in Edina and end at Lake Hiawatha, doing a combo of both sections. I am not renting beyond Lake Hiawatha at this point due to replacement of the 28th street bridge (this causes a lengthy portage).
Grays Bay to St. Louis Park - Beautiful nature filled area with fewer homes/more marsh. Lots of deer. Full sun/little shade much of the way. 2.5 hour casual paddling trip. Best done over 50 cfs and before August as it can get too weedy for an easy paddle.
St. Louis Park - Beautiful SLP and some Edina backyards, lovely marshlands surrounding Methodist Hospital and Meadowbrook Golf Course are all highlights. Egrets, blue herons and bald eagles are frequent sightings as you pass through Meadowbrook Lake in the golf course. There is one section that you will be required to get out and walk through (easily) when the flow is low. Fairly sunny for the first and last half, good shade after the lake in the middle section. This section can take 2.5 - 3 hours, depending on the creek's flow.
Edina to Minneapolis/Lyndale Ave. - You will spend the first part of this paddle leisurely enjoying the views of some beautiful, normally hidden, back yards. You'll go under picturesque bridges, through tunnels and wind through parks. This is an easy section regardless of flow. This will be about 2.5 hours with a lower creek flow with both sun and shade. If the water is running faster, we'll extend your trip by starting by Methodist hospital, where you'll paddle through the re-meandered section of marshy creek, head through Meadowbrook Golf Course and lake and through even more gorgeous Edina back yards. This section will include one short portage if you start in Edina or two short portages if you start by Methodist. This is our favorite section to kayak (but they are all great!).
Minneapolis - This section is Minneapolis all the way. You'll start near the western Mpls. border and kayak until the mandatory exit point before Minnehaha Falls. Here you will kayak through trees and away from the homes. You will kayak along Minnehaha Parkway and through a portion of Lake Hiawatha. This is a surprisingly quiet section of the creek where you will completely forget you are in the heart of the city. The Minneapolis only route is sun and dappled shade. With average flow rate, this section will take you 2.5-3 hours.