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.


Buffalo Lodge Lake | 40 Minutes from Minot

Although there is not designated kayaking and canoeing trails, those are welcome to do so within the beautiful lake surrounding prairie scenery. 


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.



Hiddenwood Lake is a 128-acre lake adjacent to the Hiddenwood National Wildlife refuge. At 128 acres, the lake is approximately 18 feet deep at its deepest point, offering fishing and multiple access ramps on the water.


Lake Sakakawea | 1 Hour from Minot

Lake Sakakawea has more shoreline than the entire California coast, endless opportunity for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. 


Lake Audubon | 1 Hour from Minot

Lake Audubon is located on the far eastern end of Lake Sakakawea, in which continues a canoeing and kayaking trail that circles the lake, weaving between the 100 islands found throughout the lake. 


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.


International Peace Garden | 2 Hours from Minot

While there is not a formal lake within the limits of the International Peace Gardens they overlook multiple picturesque lakes along with the natural beauty surrounding the Turtle Mountain region. With multiple access points to surrounding lake available for canoeists and kayak enthusiast.