My final post from the ND Legendary Bloggers and Writer’s Conference is on our kayak outing. You can find one, two and three here. As I said, we made our way to the beach were Dave from Missouri River Kayak Rentals was ready and waiting for us.
To me, on of the best ways to enjoy North Dakota is to take a kayak trip down the Missouri River. There are many areas and/or boat landings along the Missouri River allowing a person the opportunity to take several different trips. If you have already taken a kayak trip down the Missouri River, North Dakota has many other lakes and rivers for you to explore.
Missouri River Kayak Rentals makes it easy for us to kayak. They rent out of Bismarck, Stanton and Pick City or they offer shuttle services (for a fee) if you need a ride or want them to haul the kayaks. All kayak rentals include the kayak, paddle and life vest. A single day rental is only $40! Missouri River Kayak Rentals list some ideas for kayak trips, the cost and the expected time they might take. You can go anywhere from 20 minutes to an all day or overnight excursion.
My tips for kayaking:
- Always wear a life vest.
- Wear suntan lotion.
- Bringing extra clothes in case it gets cold is always a good idea.
- Put items such as cell phones and extra clothes in a waterproof container.
- Bring snacks and something to drink if you are out more than a couple of hours.
- Go with friends and family!
Most people who kayak the Missouri River travel with the current which flows North to South. Kayak trips will likely take longer if there is a south wind. I do not recommend traveling north unless you are quite experienced. It is a workout! By going south, you won’t have to paddle nearly as much. If bad weather happens on the day of your rental, no worries. We know ND weather can pop up and cancellations are not charged. Be sure to call though and let them know.
Above – a teepee at Fort Lincoln. The bikes are not replicas. Ha!
I would be remiss not to mention another outstanding company that rents not only kayaks, but also canoes and stand up paddleboards in the Bismarck-Mandan area. I recently had to opportunity to interview the family that runs Paddle On and they are a fun group. They offer similar services as those listed above, but their deliveries are free in the Bismarck-Mandan area I believe.
New this year to Paddle On is a permanent rental site at Harmon Lake, just eight miles north of Mandan on Hwy 1806. If you are a first time paddle boarder this might be the place you want to start before working the current of the Missouri. Harmon Lake has a special of two paddle boards or a single person kayak for only $25 for an hour. Perfect for trying out either device.
If you don’t live in the Bismarck-Mandan area, you can visit North Dakota Tourism and see canoeing and kayaking opportunities here.
In conclusion, I recommend any writer or blogger to attend this conference. It was one of the most fun, yet educational, conferences I have attended. And if you aren’t a writer, please try kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding one of North Dakota waterways! Enjoy!