kayak and canoe

Are you a first time paddler or an experienced river rat? It doesn’t matter! If you’re interested in paddling, you need to speak with some local experts. So, connect with a local organization to learn about how to kayak and canoe in town and in the area.


Red Wing Paddlers

A group of like-minded local paddlers who meet on the river and explore together. They can answer any questions you might have about different routes and how to kayak or canoe in Red Wing.

Environmental Learning Center

A longtime Live Healthy Red Wing partner, the ELC has classes for kids of all ages and abilities. Contact them to set up a class or for more information. Scholarships and financial assistance are available.



kayak and canoe Maps

Hay Creek

Explore the nearby backwaters in these shallow creeks. These are great options for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike!

Mississippi River

If you’re more experienced, try heading out on the Mississippi itself. Get to know safety rules before hitting the water. A map of the Red Wing area can be found on page 35.