FFTC Guide to Affordable Minnesota Summer Water Fun: Water Ski Shows, Kayaking & Canoeing, and Sailing


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As the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans take pride in our water fun.  Water ski shows, renting boats, kayaks and canoes and a free sailing experience are the most cost effective.  We have created a guide to the best options in the Twin Cities as well as a few outside the metro.

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Water Fun at Water Ski Shows

Twin Cities River Rats • Mississippi River @ 1758 West River Road, Minneapolis

Thursdays • 7 pm
Park right on West River Road south of Broadway Avenue. Bring your own seating: blankets or chairs.

Shockwaves •  Quarry Lake @ 6201 Innovation Blvd, Shakopee

Thursdays • 7 pm (except July 21)
Across from Valleyfair

Ski Otter’s Water Ski Team • Little Goose Lake @ the intersection of Hwy 61 and County Road F

Most Sundays June 12-August 28 • 6 pm
Special Showtimes: Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm • Thursday, Aug 11, 7 pm • Sunday, Aug 28, 3 pm

Bald Eagle Water Ski Shows • Centerville Lake @ 7098 Centerville Rd, Centerville

Thursdays from June 16-August 6 • 7 pm


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Water Ski Shows Outside the Twin Cities

SkiDox • Lake Zumbro @ Fisherman’s Inn, 8 Fisherman Dr NW, Oronoco

Wednesdays June-August • 7 pm

Bayside Water Ski Show Team • Edgewater Bay @ Edgewater Dr on Fountain Lake, Albert Lea

Thursdays • 7 pm
Special Shows on July 4 and Labor Day

Little Crow Ski Team • Neer Park @ 311 2nd Ave. SE, New London

Nearly every Friday • 7:30 pm
Tickets $3-$5/pp

Chetek Hydroflites • Lake Chetek @ 726 Lakeview Dr, Chetek, Wisconsin

Sundays and Thursdays, check schedule before heading out.


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Three Rivers Park District  @ Various parks

Three Rivers Park District makes outdoor activity accessible to everyone.  They have an expansive presence in the Twin Cities, so if you are looking to canoe, kayak or paddleboard, you will find them to be a very reasonably priced option.

University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center @ U of M, Minneapolis • 612-625-8790

Did you know that the U of M offers rentals to the public?  From their website: “Outdoor Adventure rentals are open to students, staff, faculty and the public.”

Wilderness Inquiry @ 808 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414 • Phone: (612) 676-9400

This company does not mess around – traveling all over the world including Africa, New Zealand, Central America as well as around the US. They may travel the globe, but they are proud to lead trips in their home state whether it’s in the Apostle Islands, Boundary Waters , or in our backyard at Fort Snelling.

Riverwood Canoe @ 305 River Street, Osceola, Wisconsin

Offers canoe, kayak, and tandem kayak rentals.

Mille Lacs Kathio State Park @ 15066 Kathio State Park Road, Onamia, MN 56359

Offers boat, canoe, and kayak rentals.

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Wheel Fun Rentals • Minneapolis @ Various locations & St. Paul @ Como Lake

Rent Paddle Boats, canoes, kayaks and double kayaks.

Above the Falls @ 120 N 3rd Ave, Minneapolis 55401 • Phone (612) 825-8983

Enjoy tours of the Mississippi River through the urban setting of Minneapolis.

Minnesota Zip Lines & Adventures • Minnesota River  @ 30200 Scenic Byway, Henderson

An unguided tour to enjoy together as a family.  All kayakers under 18 years old must be accompanied  by an adult.


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Sailing Lake Calhoun • Free sailboat rides this summer!


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Gianna Kordatzky

I am married to the craziest, most awesome man I know. We have four kids--Ranging in ages from 5-10. You can learn more about my life as a mother and wife at www.giannaraekordatzky.blogspot.com .

I love to throw parties and be with friends. I love to read my Bible and grow closer to God. I love to eat and exercise. I have learned to love coffee.
And I could really use a nap.

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