Why Minnehaha Creek?
Minnehaha Creek is a beautiful natural wonder - right here in the middle of the Minneapolis metro area. It is full of wildlife, the water is clean and the views are fantastic. The creek is 22 miles long, from it's beginning at Gray's Bay Dam at Lake Minnetonka to the falls at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. The Creek is a central part of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. "MCWD is the local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting the water resources of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed in parts of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and its western suburbs. The MCWD is responsible for 178 square miles that drain into the Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. The watershed includes Minnehaha Creek, Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, and Minnehaha Falls. There are eight major creeks, 129 lakes, and thousands of wetlands within the MCWD. The MCWD also includes all or part of 27 cities and two townships in Hennepin and Carver counties." (1)
Each time you kayak on Minnehaha Creek you will have a different experience. Spring, summer and fall each have a unique perspective to offer. You can see the sky and water covered in the fluffy white rain from the cottonwood trees, see the creek's flowers in full summer bloom or enjoy the beauty of the changing colors of the tree canopy. Turtles, egrets, ducks, fish and deer are all frequent sightings. You will see quiet marshlands, golf courses, small lakes and gorgeous backyards in Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park and Edina. In Minneapolis you will kayak through the Minnehaha Parkway system.
When you select Kayak the Creek, you can choose between several different available 2-3 hour trips based on your preference for scenery and the current water flow. You won't be disappointed. Experience this hidden gem of a creek like only a few people do.