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Kayak the Warroad River


A Kayaker's Weekend Paradise

Nestled along the scenic shores of Lake of the Woods, Warroad, Minnesota, offers an idyllic setting for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. If you’re a kayaking aficionado or looking to paddle for the first time, Warroad is the perfect destination for a weekend of paddling and exploring. Warroad not only boasts beautiful waterways but also offers the convenience of local kayak rentals and easy access to launches. Here’s your guide to planning a perfect kayaking weekend in Warroad.

Getting Started: The Launches

The Warroad area has two launch points for kayakers: behind Warroad Threads and Kakaygeesick Bay. These locations provide easy access to the River, a serene and picturesque waterway perfect for paddling adventures.

1. Warroad City Launch:
Located conveniently in town, the launch behind Warroad Threads is an excellent starting point for your kayaking journey. This spot is perfect for those who want to explore the Roseau River and enjoy a leisurely paddle through calm waters. Here you can paddle to the Lake of the Woods Brewery or up-river, to the beach.

2. Kakaygeesick Bay Launch:
For those looking for a slightly different experience, the Kakaygeesick Bay launch offers another great entry point. This area is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and is a great place to start if you’re looking to explore more of the Lake of the Woods shoreline.

Don’t Have a Kayak? No Problem!

If you don’t own a kayak, don’t worry—Doc’s Harbor Inn has you covered. This Airbnb also offers kayak rentals, making it easy for everyone to get out on the water. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a first-timer, the staff at Doc’s Harbor Inn will ensure you have the right equipment and provide tips for a safe and enjoyable experience.

Paddling the Roseau River

Not far from Warroad, you can paddle another body of water, the Roseau River, offering a mix of gentle currents and stunning scenery. As you paddle along, you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and the peaceful sounds of nature. The river’s meandering path makes for a relaxing and enjoyable paddle, suitable for all skill levels.

Explore Warroad

Take some time to explore Warroad itself. Visit local shops, dine at cozy restaurants, and experience the friendly atmosphere of this welcoming community.

Outdoor Activities

In addition to kayaking, Warroad offers numerous other outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, and bird-watching. Make the most of your time in this natural paradise by exploring all it has to offer.

Tips for a Great Kayaking Weekend

  • Plan Ahead: Visit our lodging page to make your weekend reservations
  • Pack Accordingly: Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Safety First: Always wear a life jacket and be aware of weather conditions before heading out
  • Respect Nature: Keep the waterways clean and respect local wildlife and natural habitats

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