Kinnickinnic River

Plan to meet at Glen Park in River Falls at 10AM. We'll finish at Kinnickinnic State Park. 

There are a few local options for rentals. The price is the same at all of them. $45 includes shuttle service. Reservations are required.

* Kinni Kayak. Phone: [masked]  

http://www.kinnikayak.com/

* River Guide Kayaks. Phone :[masked]

 http://www.riverguidekayaks.com/

* Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters

http://www.riverguidekayaks.com/trips

Shuttle Service: Kinni Kayak will also provide shuttle service for those bringing their own kayaks. $15. Cash or check only. I did not find anything about shuttle service on the websites of the other 2 companies.

I'll send an email to everyone who RSVPs Yes with my cell # in case anyone has trouble finding us.

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  • Tara S

    A very fun paddle with a great group!! Can't wait to do it again soon.

    July 18, 2012

  • Amy

    Great day of paddling!

    July 11, 2012

  • Krista

    Great people, beautiful weather, scenic river -- what more could you ask for? Thanks for a fantabulous day! Would do the Kinni again anytime.

    July 9, 2012

  • Lori M.

    Had a great time with beautiful weather and nice people. The river had some challenges due to trees down to go around. The bad part was the ending landing at Kinnickinnic State Park, very disappointing to find that we had to pay to park in their lot but there was no boat launch. Trying to carry a kayak even light weight was very difficult up a very long and steep hill. I'm so glad I could pay Jayson at the last minute to carry my kayak up the hill. I sure will not go back to that park again. Signage was also atrocious.

    July 9, 2012

  • Lisa

    Can't go wrong on the Kinni- I paddle it several times a year and it is always beautiful!

    July 8, 2012

  • Roslynn B.

    Gorgeous scenery! Clear rushing water, beautiful bluffs, wild flowers, trout swimming by, fly fishermen casting their lines, perfect temperature, fragrant air! Challenging due to shallow water in many places filled with boulders and fallen trees. Not a beginners course!

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great paddle with a great bunch of people. Jayson supplied new
    boats, free beer and shuttle service. Can't wait to do again!

    July 8, 2012

  • tyler

    I had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone. Can't wait for the next trip!

    July 8, 2012

  • Kristi H

    Great trip. The take out was a challenge, but manageable with friends to help. It was a great adventure.

    July 8, 2012

  • Mark J

    FYI, yesterday at noon the water gage for this river was at 10.6 feet. I don't know where this gage is but hopefully it's below the dam so it can be used for reference. I'd say half a foot but certainly a whole foot and the river would be impassable without several portages. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&format=gif_default&begin_date=2012-07-07&end_date=2012-07-07&site_no=05342000

    July 8, 2012

  • terri

    Hi, It's a lovely river and the weather was perfect. THere were some interesting twists and turns which made it challenging. Jayson was so fun and helpful. I'd love to go again. Terri

    July 8, 2012

  • Michelle

    I didn't feel like this was a beginner river - it certainly had it changes. But I'll give a 5 starts for being a FUN river to try.

    July 8, 2012

  • Julie S.

    The trip was great. I was disappointed that I couldn't use the Kinnickinnic State Park boat launch to pick up my kayak at the end of the trip, especially after paying a $10 entrance fee. The only person that could use the boat launch was an outfitter out of River Falls and he charged a $15 fee. To get to the parking lot, we had to carry our kayaks up a 1/4 mile steep hill which is hard for two old woman, one a recent cancer survivor. What would you do if you had a heart condition? Where's ADA enforcement?

    July 8, 2012

  • terri

    Hi, THanks for the feedback. Mine is the 10 ft. See you soon. TR

    July 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Terri, I believe the tribute is a plastic boat meant for this kind of paddling. They're pretty tough and can handle rocks, bottom scraping etc. They do scratch but it doesn't affect the integrity of the boat. It's really a perfect kayak for the trip. What length do you have? They are made in 10, 12 and 14. See you tomorrow!

    July 6, 2012

  • terri

    Hi, I have a perception tribute. It's pretty light weight. However, I don't want to damage it. I know it's late. I guess I'll bring it and then decide. Thanks

    July 6, 2012

  • Sue

    I will have the grayish chevy pickup. My cell is[masked], in case anyone has trouble finding the group. See ya tomorrow.

    July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    i have done the kinni dozens of times. it is definitely a beginner river, especially now with the water so low. your boat will be scraping for sure. it will be fun for sure and beautiful too. by the way, there is another kinnickinnic river that you mayhave read about but that one is in milwaukee so be sure you are reading about the one in river falls if doing reading in advance.

    July 6, 2012

  • Sharon

    When I talked to Jayson at Kinni Kayaks on Friday, he said the river level is about normal -- which means it's still very shallow in places. I mentioned that I had a Hurricane sea kayak, and now I'm glad I did -- I'm renting one of Jayson's so I don't beat up my kayak!

    July 6, 2012

  • Roslynn B.

    http://www.midwestweekends.com/plan_a_trip/outdoors_recreations/paddling/kinnickinnic_kayaking_wisconsin.html (See this article for more info which I started posting in above message. I wish I knew the water level- my son and his friends did it in a canoe about 6 weeks ago and it was so shallow they punched a hole in the bottom of it!

    July 6, 2012

  • Roslynn B.

    Getting there: In light traffic, it's only half an hour east of the Twin Cities.
    When to go: As always, paddling is best on weekdays or early on weekends.

    Kayaking: The eight-mile stretch of the Lower Kinni is shallow and full of rocks, so single kayaks negotiate it better than canoes. Everyone will scrape over rocks, but paddlers who don't weigh much and can avoid most of the rocks will have the most fun.

    People who weigh more than 200 pounds will have to get out and pull their kayaks over sh

    July 6, 2012

  • Lori M.

    I was reading on one of the outfitters sites that their trip on the 3 river confluence? or something like that had some rapids and wasn't good for beginners, does anyone know where that is?

    July 6, 2012

  • Alanna

    PJ, definitely for beginners.

    July 5, 2012

  • PJ

    Is this trip appropriate for beginner paddlers?

    July 5, 2012

  • Lisa

    Terri- that's right place. Parking by the tennis courts or along the road.

    July 4, 2012

  • terri

    Hi, So we're meeting at 355 W. Part St. River Falls, Wisconsin at 10? I just want to be sure I'm at the right place. Thanks

    July 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    :( aw notice is too short. I have another meet-up event not to far away.

    July 3, 2012

  • Sue

    I'm going to post a separate meetup for car-pooling/shuttling boats.

    July 3, 2012

  • Jayson

    I have an update for this group. I spoke with the Kinni State Park ranger today and they have been giving tickets out to people who are in the construction site. Please beware of this and plan on going all the way down to the St. Croix then to the beach access at the Kinni State park beach....Any questions please feel free to call me.
    Jayson [masked]

    July 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, spoke with Jayson today and he is available for afternoon pick up at the state park but will need to commit to ensure availability. What do you think?

    June 29, 2012

  • Jayson

    Thank you! Also all of us outfitters get booked up so please call in advance. HAVE FUN!

    June 29, 2012

  • Sue

    I'll update the meetup info above so we don't all bombard Jayson with the same questions about rental, shuttle, etc.

    June 29, 2012

  • Roslynn B.

    Jayson- what time do the shuttles leave, from what location, and how much does it cost?

    June 28, 2012

  • Jayson

    @Alanna, We have been doing this for some time now. I have 4 shuttles per day that will bring you up the hill from the State Park beach. We are the ONLY OUTFITTER that can enter the park 4 times per day to take out at the St. Croix.....So please plan for your trip as the other outfitters can only enter one time per day....

    1 · June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Jayson... left a phone message so give me a call when you can. Do you know about the take out/bridge construction? Is there another spot where we could take out?

    June 28, 2012

  • Alanna

    I just want to add that the take out at F is treacherous with the bridge construction. It is definitely doable, but well, treacherous. The take out at Kinnikinnic requires a long, steep hill to climb. I know that River Guide kayak carries the kayaks for people, but I'm not sure of the other outfitters. So when you make your rental plans you may want to ask.

    June 28, 2012

  • Jayson

    @Peg, Give me a call and I will help you out the best I can....I sent over 1000 people down the kinni just last summer and everyone had a great time....I also did some brush/tree cleaning on the kinni this past Monday, a few spots were hard to pass by but now people should be able to get through with out much trouble. Still beware, you will have to pay attention to this river. I will be available for rentals and shuttles for anyone who would like. Enjoy the paddle! Jayson, kinnikayak.com

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on for July 7th. I don't know the area so if someone could send specifics about where to meet and how we'll shuttle I'd appreciate it! I have my Dagger RPM here so if slow current, may want to rent another kayak. My other 2 are still in Michigan :-( Jayson, is there a map of the river or any good local paddling books I can buy? Looking forward to the paddle and meeting everyone!

    June 28, 2012

  • Jayson

    Hello all...I am the owner of Kinni Kayak here in River Falls and have been going down the kinni since '76....I rent kayaks (Dagger, Perception) and also shuttle kayaks for those of you who have your own. ***** I just want you to know that it is NOT a good idea for people to take out at the old bridge site since the construction company and the DNR want the general public to stay out of the site....If anyone would like daily information on the kinni you can call me anytime...612-[masked] Jayson

    June 28, 2012

  • Michelle

    Sue - do we need to arrange our own shuttle transport w that outfitter in RF? Also, since Cty Rd F is out, we'll have to go farther - the trip could be 5 hours.

    June 28, 2012

  • Sue changed the location to Glen Park

    June 28, 2012

  • Sue changed the date and time to Saturday, July 07, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    June 28, 2012

  • Lisa

    If anyone needs a kayak rental there is a great new outfitter in River Falls. Check out River Guide kayaks on FB or call them at[masked]

    June 28, 2012

  • Lisa

    Sat July 7 work for anyone?

    June 28, 2012

  • Lisa

    I've been down the Kinni many times, and it is always a lovely trip. The extra rain we've been having helps, as parts are quite shallow. Put in at Glen Park in River Falls (follow path down the hill by the tennis courts), and take out either at the bridge at County Rd F 7 miles downstream, or go all the way to the St. Croix and take out at Kinnikinnic State Park. Plan on 4 hrs with rest stop/lunch to go to bridge at F, or 5 hours to go to Kinni State Park.

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to MN so would love to explore the Kinnickinnic. I've heard good things about it but don't know anything about the put ins/take outs etc. I'm in if anyone else wants to go. I'm on call this weekend, but off the next 2, so could go either weekend. I'm in!

    June 28, 2012

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