Resources – Paddling

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Canoe — Serves the nation’s paddlers by helping to ensure safe, enjoyable recreation opportunities on America’s waterways.
  • American — The nation’s leading river conservation group, which has worked since 1973 to protect wild and scenic rivers, repair damaged rivers and restore wildlife habitat.
  • American — A national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.”  American Whitewater represents individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates.
  • Friends of the Boundary Waters
  • Inland Sea — an organization of sea kayaking enthusiasts who enjoy sharing trips, sharing information, and improving their skills.
  • Minnesota Canoe — The MN Canoe Association is comprised of adults and kids who love paddling in all forms, from canoeing to kayaking, racing to ambling, flatwater to whitewater.
  • Minnesota Kayak Fishing — A way for kayak anglers in the upper midwest to meet and share information with each other.
  • Minnesota Stand Up Paddleboarders — We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corp. created to provide stewardship of the waterways of Minnesota and to teach the sport of Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP).
  • Rapids — Rapids Riders seeks to promote the responsible enjoyment of whitewater canoeing and kayaking through volunteer instruction in technique and safety, combined with trips and informational activities while also working with local agencies and private concerns to ensure the future of the sport in the upper Midwest.
  • Superior Kayak and Outdoor Adventure — SKOAC is a group of around 150 paddlers dedicated to fostering a supportive, educational environment for those interested in sea kayaking and other outdoor endeavors.
  • Twin Cities Paddle — Like being on the water?  Join us!  It’s for people that like to, or want to learn how to, kayak and canoe.  If you want to experience the best places to kayak around the Twin Cities you will find them here.  If you live outside the Twin Cities in the outer Metro area you are welcome to join.
  • Twin Cities — Our mission is to schedule enjoyable group paddles on lakes and rivers in the Minnesota area.  We strive to have a variety of trips, enabling paddlers of different abilities to join trips that they will enjoy.

Destinations, Events and General Info


  • Boundary Waters — Publication focusing on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Quetico Provincial Park and surrounding Superior National Forest.

Outfitters, Guides and Schools

Weather and Maps

  • USGS Guide to the Water Resources of the United — United States Geological Survey page on water resources.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — Detailed information on oceans, climate, weather, fisheries, navigation and more.  Especially relevant for sea kayakers.
  • NOAA Hydrologic Information — River and streamflow conditions provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • The Ultimate Weather Resource — Links to many weather websites.  Great road-trip planning resources.

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Updated 10/08/2020