Canoeing & kayaking on the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead

Water-lovers don’t have to leave town to find some high-quality H2O activities. The Red River, which often gets overlooked, provides plenty of water-based fun, from fishing and boating to the theme of this post: canoeing and kayaking. Below are all the details on getting on the water in Fargo.

Rent a kayak or canoe

There are two places to rent a water vessel in Fargo.

The first is Lindenwood Park. Rented on a first-come, first-serve basis, kayaks are available to rent for 1 hour for just $10, and come with a personal flotation device.

Lindenwood Park Kayak Rentals
1905 Roger Maris Dr
Call 701-356-2106 to verify hours and if rentals are still available

The second is the River Keepers Rental Shack. Located in the parking lot of the Hjemkomst Center, you can rent a canoe or kayak for $10/hour. Kayaks and canoes are available as single or tandem.

River Keepers Rental Shack
202 1st Ave N, Moorhead
Open Tuesdays from 6-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays from 1-6pm (Seasonal: May 29 – August 28)

Getting your kayak or canoe in the water

To make it easy, as soon as you’ve rented your kayak or canoe from either location, a convenient ramp is just a short walk away.

If you’re providing your own kayak or canoe, these are also the two best points of entry onto the river (see the addresses above for where to go).

Kayaking groups and competitions

The River Keepers host several River Paddling Excursions throughout the summer for all skill levels. As you paddle, you’ll learn a bit about the Red River from experienced historians and guides.

The remaining two for this summer are below. The cost is $15 per person if you rent a vessel, or $10 if you bring your own. Arrive at the Hjemkomst landing by 5:30pm to participate.

July 18: History of the Red River

August 15: Animals and Habitats

Each summer, a kayaking ‘Race the Red‘ also takes place, generally in June. Stayed tuned though, because larger events (like the possibility of multi-city kayaking race!) are in the pipeline.

Self-guided of the Red River

Take your own self-guided tour by kayak or canoe, hitting up all the major sites by using this very informative sheet. With 19 stops along the way, you’ll get plenty of history and exercise.