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Tours & Events


Bent River Outfitter offers more than just rentals, we have a team of amazing river guides who specialize in leading groups through an assortment of different river tours and events. Our guided tours are by appointment only and require a group of 6 or more. Additionally, we host weekly events as well as special one time events.

Guided trips are great for:

  • Corporate outings
  • Team building events
  • Friend and family activities
  • Bachelor or Bachelorette parties
  • Eco tours

Blue Earth River Tour

The Blue Earth is Bent River’s flagship tour that we typically recommend for beginner paddlers and recreational groups. Beginning at the Rapidan Dam, this 9 mile stretch of river is filled with lots of wildlife, large landmarks and beautiful waterfalls, including Triple Falls. The Blue Earth tour will end at the County Road 90 bridge, where you will be shuttled back to the outfitter.

Minnesota River Tour

The Minnesota river is our go to route when we’re looking to provide a shorter, more relaxing float. Starting at Big Stone Lake on the MN/SD border, this river enters Mankato towards the end of it’s journey into the Mississippi River. The stretch that flows through Mankato has no rapids and minimal obstacles. This is where we’ll host happy hour floats and full moon floats.


Open Shuttles

Join us every Friday at 5:30p and every Saturday and Sunday at 11a and 1p for our open shuttle service. You can bring your own boat or rent one of ours and ride our shuttle to Rapidan Dam for a float down the Blue Earth River. Cars may be parked at the County Road 90 landing or left at the shop. Cost is $20/person.

Introduction to Paddling

Come learn the fastest-growing water sport in the world! Our 90-minute class will teach you everything you need to know about stand-up paddle boards, along with basic kayaking skills. Located at Red Jacket Park on Wednesday afternoons at 5:30p. Cost is $35/person.

Happy Hour Paddles

Every Friday at 5:30p, Bent River staff will provide basic kayak skills instruction and discounted rentals. Hit the river for a 1 to 1 1⁄2 hour guided float from Land of Memories Park to Riverfront Park. Cost is $25/person.

Paddling 101

Learn kayak, canoe and SUP techniques along with river/water safety. This two hour class, located at Red Jacket Park, will be followed by a one hour
guided trip on the Minnesota River. Cost is $50/person.

Full Moon Floats

Grab your friends and paddle the river by moonlight. Round trip shuttle, bonfire and river guides included. A truly unforgettable experience. Cost is $50/person.

Women on the Water

Join our Bent River excursion for women only! Learn basic kayak strokes and skills from female river guides. After a brief on land instruction, enjoy a
leisurely paddle down the Blue Earth or Minnesota River. Cost is $40/person.

Eco Paddling Excursions

Explore our region’s natural beauty by paddling around area eco lakes with an experienced guide. Learn about wildlife, waterfowl and their habitats. Cost is $50/person.