507.388.BENT (2368)

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About Us

Bent River is your outdoor adventure outfitter located in Old Town Mankato. We rent kayaks, canoes, snowshoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUP) and specialize in guided trips throughout the Blue Earth County river valley. Contact us for custom activities including corporate outings, team building events, friend and family trips, eco tours, yoga, paddling lessons and much more!

Our signature excursion is a guided paddling experience down the Blue Earth river beginning from the Rapidan Dam to the County Road 90 Fort LeHillier landing. Along this route you will enjoy river bluffs, wildlife, stunning waterfalls, hidden eco gems and sandbars for picnicking and swimming. Group packages start at $50 per person and includes gear, river guide and transportation.

Dain (a.k.a. Ricky)
Jason (a.k.a Bernie)
Adam (a.k.a. Donny)
Kayak Rentals

With 1000's of miles of river in blue earth county, we rent Kayaks, Tandem Kayaks, SUPs, and Canoes.

Local Events

We host lots of events. Come see what's going on next!

Guided Group Trip

Check out our Group Packages. Great for your Corporate Excursions, Class Field Trips, or just because you have a lot of friends.


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We experienced a last minute 4-hour guided tour on the Minnesota River on a beautiful fall day. Our guides - River Ricky and Jamie were great. We stopped at an island where Ricky started a fire and warmed up homemade chicken-sausage-shrimp gumbo over rice that was more than delicious. These guys are the real deal. Absolutely excellent.

Sandra P. From Emmetsburg, Iowa.

Summer on the Water

Summer in Minnesota is well spent on the water. Whether you’re an expert paddler or new to the water, you are sure to find the right adventure for you! Bent River Outfitter specializes in kayak,canoe and stand up paddle board, guided tours and rentals.

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Our Adventurers

Hey, we get awesome pictures from our guests all the time. We really dig that!

Winter Adventures

Summer isn't the only time to have an adventure. Being most of the year here in minnesota, it's wonderful to go out and explore the winter wilderness around some of our most famous local wineries. After your brisk walk, enjoy the many food and wine options that are certain to warm you up.

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Contact us

You can find us at 530 N. Riverfront Drive in Old Town Mankato. Parking is located behind the Hugo Building. The outfitter is located in the basement which can be accessed through the back door.


530 North Riverfront Dr Ste B30
Mankato, MN 56001

507.388.BENT (2368)

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