Mississippi River Day Trip Family Paddle

The Mighty Mississippi River is truly one of the great icons of the world. Wilderness Inquiry began paddling the river in the early 1990’s, and we have come to fully appreciate its beauty and its power. This family-friendly paddle on the Mississippi River is fully guided in our 10-person North canoes. You will paddle through the heart of the Twin Cities and discover wildlife and experience the amazing human history of the River.

June 16, 2024

What to Expect

You will be paddling in 24-foot North canoes, following the river’s 3-4 mph current as it winds along the shoreline. The canoes hold 6-9 paddlers and 1 boat captain. They are fast and stable boats, designed specifically for trips on big or moving water. Paddling distance ranges from 4-8 miles, depending upon the route we do. It is an active paddle, but not strenuous.

Pack a snack and a personal water bottle, water refills are available as needed. Wilderness Inquiry provides a shuttle to bring you back to your car after the trip is over. Detailed instructions on your route and where to meet will be sent upon confirmation of your participation.

The trip will start with paddling and safety instruction provided by Wilderness Inquiry staff. There will be a trained boat captain in the stern (back) of each canoe to ensure a safe and fun trip for everyone. National Park Service Rangers accompany us on selected trips to provide cultural and natural history interpretation.

Groups consist of up to 54 participants, plus Wilderness Inquiry and National Park Service staff and volunteers. Temperatures can vary greatly throughout the season. A suggested packing list will be sent upon confirmation of your participation in the event.

There are bathroom facilities at the put-in and take out places. Your group will stop prior to departing and again upon completion of the trip.

Application closes May 10, 2024

Notifications made on or before May 15. 2024

Notifications will be made by email entered on application. Failure to provide email will result in your application being removed from the lottery. If you have not seen notification by May 15, please check your spam folder before calling in.

Each Person attending MUST fill out an Application

This form is currently closed for submissions.