Calendar of Mississippi Headwater Events

If you enjoy taking a relaxing, beautiful, recreational paddle with other people along with a social event in a timeless, natural environment, then the Mississippi river offers recreational activities for the whole family! We call this RESOURCETAINMENT (resource + entertainment). Come paddle and/or enjoy events located on the upper Minnesota Mississippi river and experience the entertainment each event has to offer. Please view the events below and add them all or just the ones you want to your phone calendar.


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  • Aitkin Paddle Your Glass Off

    Are you ready to paddle your glass off? Join us June 15th for a kayak paddle on the Mississippi followed by a beer, wine, and whiskey tasting! We'll shuttle you to the launch site at the Kimball access, and the paddle ends at the Aitkin County Campgrounds Access. The course is approximately 7 river miles and will take about 2 hours to complete. The tasting at the landing site will include samples from Little Round Still, Block North Brew Pub, and Paustis Wine Company, and possibly others. Water and light snacks will be available and your ticket includes the shuttle service, tasting, and a small gift. Space is limited and registration is available on the website at aitkin.com
    Date: Saturday, June 15, 2024 • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM • Location: Aitkin Campground. (Park and city pound) 803 4th Ave. NW, Aitkin, MN 56431


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  • Mississippi river Water Museum Paddle Excursion

    Most people would rather visit history than read about it, so the first Water Museum Paddle Excursion is being offered this year. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or Paddleboard and paddle from Lum Park to Kiwanis Park and enjoy a peaceful paddle down the Mississippi river. Along the way, stop and visit Brainerd's first and only Water Museum where you can read signage of where past structures and events took place that helped shape this community. Afterwards you can exit at Kiwanis park and visit STREETFEST in the downtown Brainerd area. The event is FREE and a FREE shuttle service is provided to return those participating back to Lum Park to retrieve vehicles. Please register at: Facebook Event
    Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024 • Time: 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM • Location: Launch at Lum Park in Brainerd, MN and paddle to Kiwanis Park


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  • Paddle Your Stress Away

    This is the alcohol free, family friendly version of Paddle Your Glass Off. Take a short break after work and enjoy a 1/2 hour trip on the Mississippi river.
    Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2024 • Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM • Location: To Be Determined


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