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Water Adventure

Kayaking in Mankato

Blue Earth County boasts more river shore than any other county in Minnesota. With so many rivers to travel, Mankato offers river adventures ranging from a leisurely float to thrilling paddling experiences. Take a 360° virtual tour. More Mankato icon

Mankato’s two largest rivers are the Minnesota and Blue Earth Rivers. Both offer several must-see stopping points. While traveling down the Minnesota River be sure to stop at Sibley Park to visit the goats at the petting zoo or Riverfront Park to catch a live concert.

If you want more of a thrill ride try the Blue Earth River. Between rapids stop at Triple Falls for a drink from a fresh spring; and Big Moe, a glacial boulder in the middle of the river, for photos or a picnic.

Not equipped or need help? Contact our local outfitter, Bent River Outfitter, to get a guided trip down the river. For an experiential view of Mankato’s water adventure, view Bent River’s video. Go>

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Discover a river of stories and explore the Minnesota River Valley National Scenic Byway by water. Go>

River Access:

Mankato has several spots to launch your kayak or canoe in the river both in town and just outside of town. You can go for a short trip or long trip – whichever you prefer.

In Town:

Sibley Park (360° virtual tourMore Mankato icon – Blue Earth & Minnesota Rivers access
Land of Memories Park – Blue Earth & Minnesota Rivers access
Kiwanis Recreation Area – Minnesota River access
Riverfront Park (360° virtual tourMore Mankato icon – Minnesota River access

Outside of Town:

County Road 90 Bridge – Blue Earth River access
Rapidan Dam Park – Blue Earth River access
Red Jacket Park – LeSueur River access
Seven Mile Creek Park – Minnesota River access
Wildwood Park – LeSueur River access
County Road 10 & 16 Bridge – Big Cobb & LeSueur Rivers access