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Thursday - June 27th


This coming Thursday we paddle  to the Joyce Estates.  This one will book fast!  Make your reservation by 12pm  Wednesday to save a spot (limit 8).


Saturday River Fun


Saturdays are made for this 3 hour paddle.


Thursday - July 4th


No trip this week.  Happy 4th of July!

More Trips

Plan your Summer Trip Now!

  1. Clubhouse - July 25th 
  2. Gunn Lake Chain - August 8th
  3. Joyce Estates - June 27th & July 18th,  August 15th
  4. Joyce Estates - August 1st - Standup Paddle Boards
  5. LaRue Pit - July 11th
  6. Mississippi River - All Saturdays June 15th thru August 10th

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Clubhouse Lake - Offered July 25th


Clubhouse Lake & Campground


Clubhouse Lake sits in the heart of the Chippewa National forest, with a gorgeous 47 site campground AND a great day use area, all surrounded by stately pine trees. It provides fantastic paddling as it meanders through small lakes and rivers in the area which was part of the Rice River canoe route.  Join us on this guided tour.  We should enjoy seeing lots of water loving critters such as loons, turtles and fish, swimming in the clear waters. 


The Details - 9:30am to 4:30pm

Your adventure starts at the shop, where you'll catch a ride up to the lake.  We will then hop into kayaks, paddle over to the campground for lunch, then paddle off to explore the river/lake route.  At around 3:30 we will load up and head back to the shop.


Price - $75 per Person

Limit  8 people!  Includes gear and lunch. 

(For tandem kayaks  or young riders please call to book)

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Gunn Lake Chain - Offered August 8th


Gunn Lake Chain


Gunn Lake chain is a small chain of lakes that run between the Chippewa National Forest and the George Washington State Forest. If you’re looking to get away to the Northwoods and enjoy a series of quiet, scenic lakes, come join us on this guided paddle.


The Details - 9:30am to 4:30pm

You'll start this adventure at the shop where we'll  hop a ride up to the lake.  We will paddle to a private picnic area and have lunch around the campfire and then continue our tour and end up back at the shop around 4:30pm.


Price - $75 per Person

Limit 8 people!  Includes gear and lunch.

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Joyce Estates - Offered June 27th, July 18th, August 15th and an SUP only, August 1st


Joyce Estate Lakes Tour


Imagine an isolated 4,500 acre private resort with 40 buildings including its own golf course, private telephone line and airplane hanger built in the1920’s! Fast forward almost a hundred years to what is now a semi primitive wilderness area managed by the Chippewa National Forest and eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Come join us as we paddle through beautiful blue waters to this hidden gem.


The Details - 9:30am to 4:30pm

You'll start this adventure at the shop where we'll  hop a ride up to the lake.  We'll start on Wabana lake and paddle through Little Trout into Trout where we will then land at Joyce Estate for lunch and a mini tour. We will then paddle back the way we came and end up back at the shop around 4:30.


Price - $75 per Person

Limit 8 people!  Includes gear and lunch.

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LaRue Pit - July 11th


LaRue Pit - Nashwauk

Lumber first attracted men to the area, iron ore made them stay. Nashwauk was the first mining town in Itasca County.

The LaRue Mining Company opened the LaRue mine in 1903. This mine was first an underground, then an open pit. It is now called the LaRue Pit , located just north of Nashwauk, it is a 51 acre lake approximately 200 feet deep. It offers some gorgeous kayaking with its blue water, steep red cliffs and rich history.  


The Details - 9:30am to 4:30pm

This interesting, relaxing tour starts at the shop where we will take a ride to Nashwauk.  We will then explore the pit, have  lunch and if you are so inclined take a swim in the cool waters. We will then load up around 3:30 and head back to the shop.


Price - $75 per Person

Limit 8 people!  Includes gear and lunch.

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Saturdays - June 15th thru August 10th


Saturday's Mississippi River Trip - Unguided

A slow moving section of the Mississippi River that flows through parks, open fields and forests.  You never know what the next bend might bring.  


The Details - 9:30am to 2:00pm

Start this trip with a quick shuttle (leaving at 9:45am) to down town Grand Rapids.  We'll drop you at Steamboat landing where you will then paddle down river until you reach the Blackberry landing, about 8 river miles from where you started.  We will be there to pick you up and shuttle you back to Paddle Hoppers. Paddling time approximately 3 hours. 


Price - $45 per Person

Limit 8 People!  If interested in Standup Paddle Boarding instead of Kayaking - Call!

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We require full payment at the time of the reservation.

Our cancellation policy is simple, strict, but fair.

Refunds - 

• We DO NOT give refunds, rather we will gladly give you credit for use another time.

• If you cancel with 48 hours or more notice a rental credit will be issued in your name good for the same paddling season, which can also be redeemed as a gift certificate. 

• No shows and cancellations within 48 hours of the event, for any reason, are subject to full reservation costs, no refund credits.

Weather – 

• We do not allow cancellations for less than ideal weather, one person’s perfect day on the water may be too hot for somebody else and too cold for the next person. Dress appropriately. 

• If the weather is bad due to high winds, lightning, heavy rain, or unsafe conditions we will call you to cancel or reschedule your reservation. Cancellations made by our staff due to weather will receive a full refund or credit if rescheduling is not possible. We reserve the right to cancel any rental at any time due to extreme conditions deemed unsafe.

Other Important Information -

• Due to safety concerns, one and two hour on-site river rentals as well as 1/2 day and day trips are for individuals age 10+ only (age 10-17 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.) 

• Younger riders are allowed in tandem kayaks and canoes.  Please ask about infant and child life jackets, we may require you to bring one.