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Longfellow Lagoon Canoe Launch
Longfellow Lagoon Canoe Launch

Boat and Canoe Launches

Whether it's for fishing a Minneapolis lake or paddling down Minnehaha Creek, MPRB offers boat and canoe launches and canoe racks throughout the park system. Map.

Boat Launches

Public boat launces provide the public easy boat and watercraft access to many of our lakes and the Mississippi River.

  • Boom Island
  • Lake Calhoun – At the Refectory
  • Lake Harriet – East of the Band Shell
  • Lake Nokomis – South of the main beach on the west side
  • North Mississippi - At the Camden Launch off Soo Line Ave.

Boat Launch Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Inspections

All boats, watercraft and watercraft equipment entering and exiting from the public boat launches on Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis will require inspections for AIS. Canoes and kayaks entering the water from storage racks, or watercraft carried over the shoreline at other access points will not require an inspection. Launches will be closed when AIS inspectors are not on site.

Boat Launch Hours

Launches will open (conditions permitting) with DNR trained AIS inspectors present starting May 1, 2014 during launch hours:

  • May 1 – Sept 1: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
  • Sept 2 – Oct 31: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
  • Nov 1 – Dec 1:
    • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Launches open
    • 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday: On-call Program*

*A phone number will be posted at the launch in November (Monday–Thursday) for boaters to call for an inspection. After the inspection, the launch will be opened to allow boaters on to the lake. Boaters must call to be let off the lake and have a post-inspection. Boaters not exiting the lake by 5 p.m. must secure their boat and return for it the next day.

  • Boaters are encouraged to launch no later than one hour before closing
  • Watercraft users requiring the public boat launch to exit the lakes will be responsible for exiting before the boat launch closes
  • Watercraft users who choose to remain on the lake after closing will be responsible for securing their watercraft and removing it when the public launch reopens

Watercraft and Electric Trolling Motors

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board does not require permits for watercrafts and electric trolling motors on Minneapolis city lakes. Gas power motors are not allowed on Minneapolis city lakes. If you have a gas powered motor on your boat, it must be propped up and out of the water. Only electric trolling motors are allowed to be used.

All bona fide boat owners are required to have a current Minnesota Watercraft License from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Registration for licenses is at the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul; public service section at the Hennepin County Government Center; Brookdale, Southdale and Ridgedale public service centers; and driver’s license service centers. The waiting period for licenses is 3-4 weeks.

Watercraft Rental

Paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rental at Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis.

Sailboat Buoys

Sailboat Buoys are available on Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet and Lake Nokomis. Sailboat buoy permits are issued annually.

Click for Sailboat Buoy Rental Information

Canoe Launches

  • Brownie Lake
  • Cedar Lake – Northwest corner
  • Lake Calhoun
  • Lake of the Isles
  • Minnehaha Creek (designated launches*):
    • Humboldt Ave. and West Minnehaha Pkwy. on the SW bank (south of Lynnhurst Community Center South bank)
    • Lake Longfellow Lagoon (Minnehaha Parkway and Longfellow Gardens)
  • Lake Nokomis
  • Canoes can also be set in the water at the boat launches.

Canoe and Kayak Storage Racks

Canoe and kayak storage racks are located on Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake Nokomis, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake and Brownie Lake. Canoe rack permits are issued annually.

Click for Canoe Rack Rental Information

* Thanks to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District for funding the canoe dock improvements in 2008. For more information about canoe opportunities on Minnehaha Creek visit


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