Paddle 

Float on the water in a canoe or kayak. Visitors can bring their own watercraft or rent it locally. 

Rice Lake | 30 Minutes from Minot 
Just a short drive outside of Minot you’ll find Rice Lake, a popular destination for locals looking for fun on the water. Visitors can enjoy a relaxed day at the swim beach and bring their own kayak or canoe to adventure on the open water.  

Nelson Carlson Lake | 40 Minutes from Minot 
Nelson Carlson Lake is a great place to relax and rewind! The area includes picnic spots, fire pits and options for camping. Bring your own kayak or canoe to take on the water. 
 
Fort Stevenson State Park | 50 Minutes from Minot 
Along the northern shore of Lake Sakakawea lies Fort Stevenson State Park, an outdoor enthusiasts dream. The park has many options for activities on the water and visitors can access it through Garrison Bay or de Trobriand Bay. Rental equipment includes canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and stand-up paddle boards. Please contact the park at (701) 337-5576 for rental information. 
 
Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge | 50 Minutes from Minot 
Mouse River Park Canoe Trail | 10 Miles or 16.1 Kilometers 
Located at the northern end of the Refuge, the Mouse River trail extends 10 miles round trip. The only access to the water is at the beginning of the route or at Swenson Bridge near County Road 3.  
 
Beaver Lodge Canoe Trail | 6 Miles or 9.7 Kilometers 
Near the Outlet Fishing Area, visitors can launch a kayak or canoe on this 6-mile round trip. The trail does include ponds, cattails and other natural characteristics to paddle through.  
 
Visitors may bring their own water craft as rental equipment is not available. For more information on trails within the Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge please view the trail brochure.  
 
J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge | 1 Hour from Minot 
Souris River Canoe Trail | 13 Miles or 20.9 Kilometers 
Within J. Clark Salyer Wildlife Refuge flows the Souris River which supports a wide variety of wildlife. The Souris River Canoe Trail begins at Johnson Bridge and visitors have the option to stop at Thompson Well for a 5.5 mile or 8.9-kilometer canoe trail. They may also continue to Dam 1, completing the full 13 mile or 20.9-kilometer canoe trip. Numbered markers along the river help track the journey. 
 
We recommend bringing your own kayak or canoe as rental equipment is not available. 

 
Cross Ranch State Park | 1 Hour 20 Minutes from Minot 
Take a ride on the Missouri River through undisturbed scenery at Cross Ranch State Park. Currents can be strong on this river, but the preserved landscape is worth the journey. The park provides two run options, 2 miles and 9 miles (3.2 and 14.5 kilometers) in length that both end near the Sanger boat landing. Rental equipment available includes 4 canoes, 2 single kayaks and 2 double kayaks. Visitors should contact the Cross Ranch State Park at (701) 794-3731 for rentals or transportation on the river.  
 
Lake Metigoshe State Park | 1 Hour 40 Minutes from Minot 
Take in the beauty of the Turtle Mountains as you canoe or kayak along the U.S./Canadian border. Lake Metigoshe State Park has many smaller lakes that allow for canoeing and kayaking and the full map shows the access points. Rental equipment includes 10 canoes, 2 single kayaks, and 4 double kayaks. Please contact the park at (701) 263-4651 for rental information. 
 
School Section Lake | 2 Miles or 3.2 Kilometers 
Within the park, School Section Lake has many unmarked trails beginning at the dock. The specific Canoe Trail begins 200 yards east of the Warming House Trailhead traveling 2 miles across the lake, giving visitors a general route to experience.  
 
Lewis & Clark State Park | 1 Hour 45 Minutes from Minot 
Lewis & Clark State Park features both rugged terrain and native grasslands. The day-use beach is perfect for most water activities and visitors can rent equipment from the park. This includes 2 canoes, 2 single kayaks, 1 double kayak and 2 stand-up paddleboards. Please contact the park at (701) 859-3071 for rental information. 
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