Kayaking in Minnesota
With 10,000+ lakes and over 6,500 rivers and streams, Minnesota is a kayaker’s paradise. Cook County, MN, is home to some of the state’s best kayaking. Lake Superior is our very own inland sea, boasting sapphire waters, hidden beaches and a classic rocky shoreline that’s perfect for exploring via kayak. There’s nothing quite like experiencing the rivers, streams and lakes of Cook County from the seat of a kayak. Being close enough to feel the waves and run your hand through the crystal clear waters puts you deeply in touch with nature. It’s powerful, transformative and restorative. After a good paddle, you’ll feel energized and ready to take on the world.
Whether you’re an experienced paddler or an enthusiastic beginner, you’ll find the gear, resources and scenery you need for an incredible kayak trip in Minnesota. Many check in with local outfitters and lodges for paddling tours and kayak rentals. Check out the list below for ideas for your next kayaking adventure in Cook County.
- Paddle the Lake Superior Water Trail
- Explore the US/Canada border on Gunflint Lake
- Enjoy the calmer waters of the Grand Marais Harbor
Minnesota Kayak Trips
People have been paddling here for thousands of years in Cook County. Modern kayakers understand why. The area gleams with thousands of pristine inland lakes and countless miles of routes and is the scenic gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in Superior National Forest and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. National Geographic called paddling the BWCAW one of America’s 100 best adventures. Explore wilderness and stillness on an overnight trip or a leisurely day kayaking trip in the BWCAW.
Remember, preparation is key when you’re out in the wilderness. Whether you’re out on the trails or on the water, pack adequate provisions for your adventure, including plenty of water. Please remember to Leave No Trace. Pack out what you bring in to help keep Cook County clean, beautiful and natural for decades to come.