Mississippi River Paddling Adventures at the Forest History Center

Guests can explore the river with guided kayak tours throughout the summer

For immediate release


GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (May 31, 2023) – This summer, visitors to the Forest History Center can get a close-up look at the Mississippi River with guided kayak tours.

Whether you have never paddled, paddle occasionally or are on the water extensively, these tours will be fun and informative for anyone who wants to learn more about how the river has helped shape the geography and history of Minnesota. Forest History Center guides will lead the tours which focus on topics including river and forest history, local wildlife, wild rice, and more.

Mississippi River Paddling Adventures will begin June 7 with tours operating twicer per day Wednesday through Saturday. The first tour will run each day from 10 am—12 pm with the second tour running from 1 pm—3 pm. The final date of regularly scheduled tours will be September 2. Tours will then be available each Saturday in September.

The cost of a tour is $25 per person. MNHS members receive a discounted price of $20 per person. Two tandem kayaks and six single kayaks are available, with a maximum capacity of 10 people per tour. Tours are available for ages 10 and up. Pre-registration is preferred and walk-ups are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about summer programming, please visit the events calendar at mnhs.org/foresthistory/.

About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves, and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs, and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories, and connects people with history.