Kayaking in North Dakota

Kayaking Trips in North Dakota

With just 11 people per square mile in the whole state of North Dakota, you just may find the quiet solitude you've been looking for on your next paddling adventure! Find kayaking trips in North Dakota for every level of kayaker. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, kayak rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a kayaking trip in North Dakota for you.

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Guide to Kayaking in North Dakota

Nearly 1,200 miles of rivers flow through the open lands of North Dakota, many of them passing through protected state and national parks! A few worth investigating include:

  • Little Missouri River
  • Pembina River
  • James River
  • Lake Sakakawea

Kayaking Locations In North Dakota

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in North Dakota! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Kayaking Trip in North Dakota

Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout North Dakota and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of North Dakota community trip reports below:

Connect with Paddlers in North Dakota

Are you looking to connect with other kayakers about going kayaking in North Dakota? Below are resources to help you get started.