Mississippi River Paddle Share is a self-service kayak sharing system on the Mississippi River. Think of it like Nice Ride, but with kayaks. It’s the first of its kind in the country and the first transportation system of this kind in a national park, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

Paddle Share provides access for people to recreate on the greatest natural resource in the Twin Cities metro area, without ever needing to own a boat or a car. Users can simply book a reservation online, bike or ride share to their starting destination, unlock their rental equipment, and paddle downriver to their chosen destination. They have the option to bike, scooter or ride share back to their starting destination or wherever they want to go next.

Minneapolis riders can pull off at The Sample Room and receive a 10% discount on their tab if they dine in with their life jacket. Betty Dangers and Psycho Suzi’s are also nearby and within walking distance of a designated break point along the river where riders can tie up their kayaks while they enjoy lunch.

Minneapolis Route Recommendation

The Saint Paul routes take riders through Fort Snelling State Park and alongside Crosby Regional Park, down to Harriet Island backed by the Saint Paul skyline.

Paddle Share is funded by Mississippi Park Connection, the nonprofit partner to the National Park Service in Minnesota. Rental prices are set at cost to ensure as much access to the system as possible. Paddle Share is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day (weather permitting). Large group rentals are available Monday through Thursday.