Apply for a permit to store your canoe or kayak on one of several Minneapolis lakes or on the Mississippi River. We rent 522 storage racks annually. In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the MPRB does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. If assistance is needed to complete registration, please contact us at 612-230-6400.

Rack Sites

  • Bde Maka Ska Site
  • Lake Harriet Northwest Site
  • Lake Harriet Northeast Site
  • Lake Nokomis Site
  • Lake of the Isles North Site
  • Lake of the Isles South Site
  • Cedar Lake East Site
  • Cedar Lake West Site
  • Brownie Lake Site
  • Boom Island – River Site
  • Bohemian Flats – River Site
  • Ryan Lake Site
  • Lake Hiawatha Site
  • Wirth Lake Site
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Permit Term

50 weeks: May 1-April 15

Permit Fee

Minneapolis Resident Annual Fee: $275

Non-Resident Annual Fee: $325

Renew Rack

Guarantee your same rack as 2019 by Renewing. Deadline to register is February 28, 2020 at 4 pm.

Renew Rack

Online Renewing Instructional [PDF]

Switch Rack

By switching, you’re able to get a rack within your same rack site or change to a different site. Availability is not guaranteed; however, you will be guaranteed a rack. Deadline to register is February 28, 2020 at 4 pm.

Switch Rack

Enroll for New Rack

If you did not hold a canoe rack in 2019, you may enroll for the Canoe Rack Drawing that takes place on March 12, 2020. Deadline to register is February 28, 2020 at 4 pm.

Enroll for Rack

Staying on the Same Rack

Renew Rack through the same process as previous years to guarantee your same rack number. This will assure your same rack on the same lake you were on in 2019.

Switching Racks within the Same Site

If you wish to switch racks in the same site you’re currently in, you may apply to Switch Racks. Switching racks within the same site will guarantee you receive a rack in your same site, but not the same rack you had last year. (Example: If you want to move from a top rack to a bottom rack, this is the option you’d choose)

Switching Racks to a New Site

If you wish to switch racks to a different site, you may apply to Switch Racks. Switching racks to a new site does ensure you’ll receive a rack in the upcoming year, but depending on availability, does not guarantee your choice to switch will be obtainable. (Example: If you want to move from Lake Harriet Site to Lake Nokomis Site, this is the option you’d choose)

Not Renewing for the Upcoming Year

Your watercraft must be off the rack by April 30. The window for new rack holders to place their watercrafts on their new racks is April 15-30.

New Renters

New renters will now enroll online by selecting the Enroll Now button. Enrolling will enter you in a live in-person drawing. Priority will be given to Minneapolis residents who register by February 28, 2020. The drawing for residents will be March 12, 2020. The drawing will be held at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s Headquarters Offices located at 2117 West River Rd N. Minneapolis, MN 55411, and will begin at 6 pm. You DO NOT need to be present at the drawing to receive a rack if your name is chosen. If additional racks remain after the drawing is complete, non-residents that register before the February 28, 2020 deadline will be drawn on March 13, 2020 and contacted if their name is chosen. Any applicant who does not receive a rack will be refunded in full by March 30, 2020.

Moving to Your New Rack

You may move your watercraft to your new rack between the timeframe of April 15 through April 30. You may lock it to a tree or to the side of a rack on the ground if your rack is not yet open, but it must be on its assigned new rack by May 1, 2020.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention

If you store your watercraft on a Minneapolis lake, please be sure to review our AIS information to help us prevent the spread of AIS.