Broken Paddle Guiding is the premier eco-tourism business on the Upper Mississippi River no doubt about it!! The company is run by passionate people who love their jobs and it shows. From the booking of the event to the pick up process to the kayaking event itself - it was all top notch. The small guide to guest ratio makes for a personalized tour where you can really learn a lot and get to know the guides.
Numerous up close eagle sightings, sunlight streaming filtered by green lush trees, and peaceful close banked exploration brought out the wonder in us all. Weaving through old snags and drooping tree branches and being up close and personal with the small details of this mighty river made this an adventure I'd highly recommend. Our guide's interest and passion for the area spiced his welcomed commentary. Having explored the waters all over the world I can say without a doubt that this was one of the best guided trips ever! This team really knows their stuff, super enthusiastic and fun-loving not to mention highly skilled and trained to provide the safest ride ever! No matter what your skill level may be..this is the trip for you.
Unparalleled scenery, wildlife galore, eagles swooping over your head, beaver dens everywhere and tails slapping the water as you glide around the curves, deer sloshing their way through the wetland areas feet away from your kayak, muskrats crossing the river with mouths of vegetation and the list goes on and on! Ended with the sunset at our backs gliding down the mighty Mississippi - breathtaking! and the local organic meal-like granola bar snack...the best we've ever had. This trip is a MUST for anyone visiting the area. We will be back for sure!
Sample Itinerary of Experience
-Morning, afternoon and evening tour times available!
-Pick up at 1 of 3 convenient locations along the Mississippi River just south the Twin Cities -(HQ in Wabasha MN)
-Meet and great with guides, sign waivers and brief on the upcoming kayak adventure.
-Short ride in one of BPG's passenger vans to entry point
-Kayak 101 for guests to gain confidence and safety in the kayaks.
-Hand out binoculars, paddling gear, dry bags, snacks, water, etc.
-Some of Minnesota and Wisconsin's most talented naturalists share and guide you through this diverse system of waterways filled with flora and fauna.
-1.5hrs-3.5hrs(tour dependent) paddling in backwater ecosystems. Periodic breaks for hiking, snacks, swimming and relaxing.
-return to vehicle with smiles, memories and desire for more river!
Costs and Fees
Flooded Forest Tour 3.5-4hours *(most popular)- $90/person
Sunset Beach Tour 2.5-3hours - $85/person
Raptor Tour *National Eagle Center Admission included 2-2.5hrs - $75/person
Kayak 101 Skills Tour- 1.5-2hours - $65/person
SUP Flooded Forest Tour (Stand Up Paddle Board) 3.5-4hours -$90/person
3 Day Inn to Inn, Van Supported Cycle Adventure- call or see website for details and prices.
Seasons Open and Departure
Mid April - End of October
Broken Paddle Guiding exists to spread the word of the river and its need for preservation, conservation and education. We guide and teach low-impact adventuring on the water and on the land surrounding the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Local partnerships with river businesses help the guest experience a real and very much alive river culture that needs the water to survive.
Easily accessible tours for beginners to experienced paddlers, young or old.