Fishing and Water Sports

It’s only fitting that the City by Nature would take advantage of the natural surroundings by taming the bodies of water that spot the landscape. You can hear the rhythmic paddling of kayaks, the adrenaline-spiking whir of a jet ski engine cutting through the water, the zip of a fishing line being reeled in and the inevitable splash of a water-skier wiping out.

And when the water ices over, it just signals a new set of fun ways to explore the outdoors. The whir of a jet ski is replaced by the whir of an ice auger, drilling holes in the ice so the fishing can commence. Water skis are replaced by cross country skis, kayaks give way to ice surfers, and the sharp sounds of metal on ice are heard as pond hockey games break out.

Ice or water, skates or skis, come have some fun on our natural playground.

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    Mississippi Adventures with ATFS Group Kayak Tours. Daytime, evening, night time, luncheon, supper and fireworks options available. Don't miss this opportunity to experience Mark Twain's Mississippi River, one of the world's great waterways! Paddling the river you'll take away a whole new perspective of Minneapolis, its natural and historical significance. Wonderful way to learn about the City by Nature!
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    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of five Minnesota park agencies and one of approximately 130 agencies in the United States that is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The MPRB is a diverse system of land and water spanning 6,790 acres of parkland and water featuring 251 park properties including the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, 200+ miles of biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, seven golf courses and 47 recreation centers. Together these properties annually receive approximately 21 million visits.
  • Premier bike and boat rentals destination in Minneapolis with multiple locations through the Twin Cities including Lake Calhoun and Minnehaha Falls. Wheel Fun Rentals features the largest selection of specialty cycles, bicycles, boats, and more! Guaranteed fun for the whole family! Please visit our website for a full listing of our locations.
  • Wilderness Inquiry offers Mississippi River half-day canoe adventures through the heart of the Twin Cities. Our Voyageur canoes are 24-foot wooden boats, hand built in St. Paul, and accommodate 9 passengers plus an experienced Wilderness Inquiry guide or National Park Service Ranger. No experience necessary; all ages and abilities are welcome. $45 adult, $30 youth fees include all paddling and safety gear, water, snacks and shuttle service back to launch site. Private trips for groups available. Call for details: 612.676.9400.
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