Kinni Kayak Trips/Rentals

A Kayak Trip Down the Kinni Offers a Breathtaking Experience

Kayak the Kinni Trips

TripSkill LevelTrip LengthTrip Fees Solo Kayaks
3 Rivers Confluence TripAdvanced6+ hour distanceM-Th $70
F-Sun $75
Lower Canyon State Park BridgeIntermediate/Advanced3 hour distanceM-Th $50
F-Sun $55
Upper Kayak Park-Kinni Jungle SafariBeginner/Intermediate5-6 hour distanceM-Th $70
F-Sun $75
Upper Kayak ParkBeginner3 hour distanceM-Th $50
F-Sun $55
Upper Kayak ParkBeginner1.5 hour distanceM-Th $40
F-Sun $45
Upper Kayak ParkBeginner45 minute distanceM-Th $30
F-Sun $35

*Tandum kayaks are priced per person, they are double the solo kayak pricing.

Kayaking with Kinni Creek Outfitters

Human-Powered Adventure.

The Kinnickinnic River watershed is characterized by scenic bluff lands, rare oak savanna, original prairie, farm land, white pine forest, wooded coulees, sedge meadows, rare and endangered plant species, beautiful stands of white pines and plenty of open space and scenic vistas. Its feeder creeks are cold and clean, containing wild native brown trout, important spawning areas, wetlands, and many springs arising from under picturesque limestone outcroppings.

Below the City of River Falls, the Kinnickinnic River flows through the “Lower Kinni canyon” that begins about a mile below the city. Continuing approximately 10 miles to the St. Croix River where it flows into the delta of the Kinnickinnic State Park. It's high cliffs, shaded rapids and numerous moss and fern clad rock outcroppings provide habitat for abundant wildlife and numerous plants and vegetation (some of which are on the threatened list).

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What we provide for the kayak rental:

All inclusive with kayak, paddle, life jacket & FREE shuttle service for rentals! 
***We DO NOT supply bathroom showers at the outfitter store as there is no plumbing in the building. We do provide a Port O' Potty at the Outfitters. There are toilets at Glen Park.  There are showers at the Glen Park Pool and the Hoffman Park campground. Lock your valuables in your vehicle, we do not provide lockers.   

What "YOU" provide for the kayak rental:

You will be portaging/carrying your own equipment from the trailer to the water, in the water, and from the water. 
You must be physically fit and well able to handle the equipment that you will be using on the water, including kayak, paddle and life jacket.
**If you are not prepared, the river will let you know. 

Be prepared to get wet, you will be kayaking in water.

What to bring

A waterproof watch, water bottle, snack, sunscreen, bug repellent, shoes that won't float off of your feet such tennis shoes or strap on sandals, foot protection is REQUIRED, clothing that can get wet and dirty such as swimsuit & shorts. Dress as though you are going to the Boundary Waters, do not dress like you are going to the beach. You are not going to the beach, you are going on a wilderness kayak trip on a real river. (In colder months wear waders or wet suit, or fleece or wool, do not wear cotton or jeans.) Bring an extra set of dry clothing & dry towel to leave in your vehicle for after your wilderness adventure.

What not to bring

ANYTHING that you DO NOT want lost or ruined including good prescripition glasses, jewelry, keys, wallets, cell phones, purses. Do not wear flip flops they float away from your feet losing foot protection and creating litter. Alcohol and drugs are NOT ACCEPTABLE on our trips. Do Not bring them. It is illegal to operate a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Click here and scroll to page 16 to read the Wisconsin law. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. 

Call us today for your next kayaking adventure. (715) 425-7378

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Waiver & Etiquette

This is "NOT" a ride at an Amusement water park.
This "IS" a REAL RIVER.
 
Participants are required to sign a waiver stating that they UNDERSTAND the DANGERS, HAZARDS and OBSTACLES of the wilderness kayaking adventure and are participating of their own free will in Solo kayaks

1.  I acknowledge that canoeing and kayaking entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to myself, to property, or to third parties.  I understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity.

The risks include, among other things:  your boat could turn over and/or you could have to swim rapids risking collision with rocks and entanglement in trees or barb wire fences; head injuries can occur; you can slip or fall during a hike, resulting in damage to equipment or personal injury; exposure to the natural elements can be uncomfortable and/or harmful; you should be aware that this exposure could cause sunburn, dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and heat cramps;  also prolonged exposure to cold water can result in hypothermia; exposure to potentially dangerous wildlife, insects, plants; and accidental drowning is also a possibility.

            Furthermore, KCL&O employees have difficult jobs to perform.  They seek safety, but they are not infallible.  They might be unaware of a participant's fitness or abilities.  They might misjudge the weather or other environmental conditions.  They may give incomplete warnings or instructions, and the equipment being used might malfunction.

2.  I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in this activity.  My participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and I elect to participate in spite of the risks.

1. Never disturb fishermen, paddle quietly by. 
2. Pick up all litter you see, tires too. It's the right thing to do.
3. Be alert to what is ahead AT ALL TIMES! READ THE RIVER. 
4. WEAR the personal floatation device, be safe.
5. Do not bring alcohol or drugs. (Enjoy beverages after the wilderness adventure.)
**If you are not prepared, the river will let you know.
Be prepared to get wet, you will be kayaking in water.
 

Weather policy 
If it is raining, bring a rain coat. Or call 24 hours in advance to re-schedule your reservations. In case of sudden severe weather or flooding we WILL call you to delay or reschedule your reservation. 

Injuries
Common injuries include but are not limited to: scrapes, cuts, contusions, fish hooks, stubbed toes, and bruised egos.

Lessons

A brief dry land lesson is complimentary "For the asking" at your launch, just "ask" your shuttle driver. Longer "on water" lessons must be reserved in advance. On water lessons are great for scouts, youth groups and field trips. We recommend the 45 minute distance with a guide for a total of a 1 hour lesson at $25 rental per person + $30 guide fee per party. Not available on Saturday or Sunday. 

Guides
Hire a guide in advance for $30/hour. Must be booked at least 1 week in advance. Not available on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Groups
Groups of 10 kayak rentals or more receive a discount Monday through Thursday only. However in order to hold such a reservation we need a Visa or Mastercard with a cash payment at the time of rental. A 48 hour advance cancellation is required otherwise you are responsible for the full amount of the group kayak reservation for the number of kayaks that were reserved. Give us a call and ask for the director of "Group Sales". 1-715-425-7378.

3 Rivers Confluence Kayak Trip | 6 + hours average float time.

Difficult for beginners. This trip is "NOT" recommended for beginners.
Recommended age is 16 years and up for experienced and advanced kayakers ONLY!
This trip is not recommended for beginners for several reasons:
The route is 13 miles long.
There are 50-60 sets of class 1-2 rapids on the Kinnickinnic River portion of the trip
There are motor boats on the St. Croix and Mississippi portions of the trip which is extremely busy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Strongly consider a Monday-Thursday kayak reservation.
There is no guide on the trip. It is a self guided trip.
This trip has been taking many participants 7-8 hours to complete the course.
THIS IS OUR "MOST CHALLENGING" KAYAK TRIP.

Solo Kayaks only.

Flatwater, Class I, & Class II Rapids
Meet at the Glen Park tennis court at 355 West Park Street, River Falls, WI 54022.
Enjoy a beautiful 6+ hour paddle through the Lower Kinni Canyon to the St. Croix River. The journey begins as you portage your kayaks to the Lower Dam and continues as you paddle on to the St. Croix River. Your journey continues southward to Prescott Wisconsin where the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers join. Your 3 rivers kayaking adventure ends for the day where the waters meet....Muddy Waters Bar and Grill! There you and your fellow kayakers will relax and enjoy the great menu and a complementary beverage at the Tiki bar before boarding the shuttle back to your vehicle at 6:00 p.m.
You will encounter many obstacles such as trees, rocks, rapids and motor boats that you will have to portage or paddle around. BE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR THESE OBSTACLES! This is a wilderness trip. This odyssey is not for the faint at heart. This is a "REAL RIVER", not a chlorinated water park!
**Be sure to have your wallet & i.d. secure in your dry bag for the Tiki bar at the end of the trip at Muddy Waters Bar and Grill!
Return shuttle time is 6:00 p.m. on this 6+ hour paddle.
Launch time 10:00 a.m.
Return Shuttle time from Prescott, Wisconsin is at 6:00 p.m.
Reservations ARE Required by PHONE ONLY! Dial 1-715-425-7378
Pay by cash period. No checks, no plastics.
**We STRONGLY SUGGEST Monday through Thursday Reservations!
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are "EXTREMELY BUSY" on the river.

Add on a stay at our Vacation Cottage!

Lower Canyon State Park Bridge | 3+ hours average float time.
Difficult for beginners. Most appropriate for intermediate to advanced kayakers.
Solo Kayaks only.

Flatwater, Class I, & Class II Rapids
Meet at the Glen Park tennis court at 355 West Park Street, River Falls, WI 54022.
The journey begins as you portage your kayaks to the Lower Dam and continues as you paddle on to the County Road F Bridge at the Kinnickinnic State Park Parking lot, which is the "ONLY BRIDGE" ON THE LOWER RIVER. 3 hours average float time. You may add extra hours "BEFORE YOU LAUNCH" for picnicking, swimming, fishing and any other leisurely fun! You choose your pick up time 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 at the County Road F Bridge. It is "IMPERATIVE" that you are on time for the time that you choose. There is no cell phone service or pay phone at the takeout point. You will encounter many obstacles such as trees, rocks and rapids that you will have to portage around. BE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR THESE OBSTACLES! This is a wilderness trip. This odyssey is not for the faint at heart. This is a "REAL RIVER", not a chlorinated water park!
"On The Hour" Launch times 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m.
Return Shuttle times from the State Park Bridge are at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, & 5:00.
**This trip is self guided.
Reservations ARE Required by PHONE ONLY!  Dial 1-715-425-7378
Pay by cash period. No checks, no plastics.
**We STRONGLY SUGGEST Monday through Thursday Reservations!
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are EXTREMELY BUSY on the river.

Our concern for your safety is Paramount.
Sheriff & Ranger Search & Rescue fee starts at $2000 and goes up.
We do enforce a $100 late fee if you are not at takeout point for the shuttle time that YOU have chosen.
Be On Time.
Add on a stay at our Vacation Cottage!

Upper Kayak Park Trips|45 minute/1.5 hour/3 hour distances
*Note: Most people comment on the 45 minute distance that they wish they had done a longer trip. Something for you to consider.
More appropriate for beginners.
Solo Kayaks only
Flatwater to Class I rapids.
Meet at our Outfitters Shop at 545 North Main St. River Falls, WI 54022.

PARKING OFF SITE IS REQUIRED! Parking is just 50 yards across the street to the East on Union Street NEAR the Public Library.
Imagine the enchantment of kayaking through the Upper Kinni River! Enjoy a beautiful relaxing paddle through deciduous & conifer tunnels of the Kinni Canopy and trout waters seeing Mother Nature at here finest. Enjoy live encounters with Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, deer, turkeys, beaver, otters, song birds, trout and other estuary life that thrive in this unique ecosystem! Cowboy Up Indiana Jones! You will encounter many obstacles such as trees, rocks and rapids that you will have to portage around. BE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR THESE OBSTACLES! This is a wilderness trip. 

This odyssey is not for the faint at heart. This is a "REAL RIVER", not a chlorinated water park!
Meet at 545 North Main St. River Falls, WI 54022 15 minutes prior to your reservation.
**This trip is self guided.
We’ll shuttle you up river then you’ll land back at the Outfitters shop.
Take out at our landing and portage kayaks up the trail to Outfitter shop yard.
*We have had 8, 9, & 10 year olds go in their own kayaks with parents escort on these Upper Kayak Park Trips. It is up to your discretion if your child is capable of handling their own solo kayak.
Launch times departs at "Half Past the Hour" 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30p.m.
Reservations ARE Required by PHONE ONLY! Dial 1-715-425-7378
Pay by cash period. No checks, no plastics.
**We STRONGLY SUGGEST Monday through Thursday Reservations!
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are EXTREMELY BUSY on the river.

Add on a stay at our Vacation Cottage!

Upper Kayak Park 6 hour distance ~
Kayaking the Kinni Jungle a 6 hour Safari!

More appropriate for Beginner up to Intermediate kayakers. $90.00
Solo Kayaks only.

Flatwater to Class I rapids.

PARKING OFF SITE IS REQUIRED! Parking is just 50 yards across the street to the East on Union Street NEAR the Public Library.
Imagine the enchantment of kayaking through the Kinni River Jungle! We have named this trip the "Jungle" trip because "it "IS" a Jungle out there!" Enjoy a beautiful relaxing paddle through deciduous & conifer tunnels of the Kinni Canopy and trout waters seeing Mother Nature at here finest. Enjoy live encounters with Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, deer, turkeys, beaver, otters, song birds, trout and other estuary life that thrive in this unique ecosystem! Cowboy Up Indiana Jones! You will encounter many obstacles such as trees, rocks, rapids and wire fences that you will have to portage around. BE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR THESE OBSTACLES! This is a wilderness trip. this odyssey is not for the faint at heart. This is a "REAL RIVER", not a chlorinated water park! Put on your adventure hat and head out into the Kinni Jungle Safari!
Meet at 545 North Main St. River Falls, WI 54022 15 minutes prior to your reservation.

**This trip is self guided.
Launch time departs at 9:00 a.m.

Reservations ARE Required by PHONE ONLY! Dial 1-715-425-7378
Pay by cash period. No checks, no plastics.
**We STRONGLY SUGGEST Monday through Thursday Reservations!
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are EXTREMELY BUSY on the river.

Add on a stay at our Vacation Cottage!

 

Payment for damaged or lost gear is required.

A portion of our profits go to the natural resources of the Greater Kinnickinnic River Watershed habitat groups including but not limited to: Pheasant's Forever, Duck's Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Kinnickinnic River Land Trust, Whitetails Unlimited and
many, many more.

Sigurd Olson wrote:

"Wilderness to the people of America is a spiritual necessity, an antidote to the high pressure of modern life, a means of regaining serenity and equilibrium ... I have found that people go to the wilderness for many things, but the most important of these is perspective. They may think they go for the fishing, or the scenery or companionship, but in reality it is something far deeper. They go for the wilderness for the good of their souls."