Booking And availability

*Tours starting at $39.00 per paddler - For same day availability please call!

Voyageur Canoe tours

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SCHEDULe

TOUR TIMES: (April-October)
• Daily availability at 9a and 1p
• Custom duration at start times are available

THE CANOE

We paddle a 26′ Voyageur "North Canoe," built by Clipper Canoes of Abbotsford Canada. The Voyageur's design is  tried and true and is a replica of what would have been used by the fur traders who explored the Lake Superior and the northern wilderness in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Voyageur can be paddled in many conditions from open Lake Superior Waters to extended wilderness expeditions on rivers of inland lakes. With great stability and speed the Voyageur is a great option for any paddling party. As unlikely as it sounds, the Voyageur has even been used to pull water skiers! 

Details

TOUR INCLUDES:
•Canoe, paddle, PFD
• Canoe instruction and tips
• Nature and history tour

ADDITIONAL INFO:
• Departure location from Clyde Ave (Munger Landing) unless otherwise indicated
• Children of all ages welcome
• Canoe space for up to 9 adults plus 3 kids (minimum of 4 paddlers)
* Weather FAQs
* Not sure what you should bring along? Check out our packing list here

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About

Explore Duluth's North Shore like the Voyageurs! Our voyageur North Canoe is designed just like the boats the fur traders would have used to explore and trade goods in the North Woods. The canoe easily holds 10 adults and requires no previous paddling experience. 

The private charter makes paddling a breeze! The canoe requires at least 4 adults to paddle and can take up to 9 adults and a small kid or two. The private tour can be taken anywhere in the Duluth area and we typically paddle for 2 hours. Longer tours can be arranged.

Our 2 hour tours will launch from various locations around Duluth and explore the are and conditions allow we will paddle the open waters of Lake Superior. There are 9 "seats" available per tour. The canoe needs at least 4 able body voyageurs to paddle safely. There are 9 paddling seats available and additional room for non-paddling children. The north canoe is also a great party or team building adventure.

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DEPARTURE LOCATIONS

Clyde Ave/Munger Landing - In the St. Louis Estuary, you'll paddle around Clough Island and Spirit Lake. It's a great spot for wildlife viewing. We will visit Clough Island and the old farmstead. There is also an eagles nest we paddle right beneath! 

Boy Scout Landing - Starting where the St. Louis River narrows, you'll paddle upstream and explore the beautiful Fond Du Lac area and learn about it's importance for Native Americans and the fur trading voyageurs. On longer tours we stop at the charming Chambers Grove Park for the meal.

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Rails and Water North canoe

*Tours starting at $62.00 per paddler

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SCHEDULE

• Running now through October 20.
• Train departs Clyde Ave at 10:43a
• Sat 10:30a meeting time, 10:43 boarding, don’t be late! If you miss the train there is no way to catch up.

DETAILS

TOUR INCLUDES:
• Canoe, Paddle, PFD, paddling jackets, and gloves (depending on water temp)
• Train Ticket

ADDITIONAL INFO:
• The paddle is 4.75 miles (no shortcuts)
• Departure location from Clyde Ave
• Children of all ages welcome

* 2 person minimum group size per tour

ABOUT

Hop on board the historic LSMRR train and let the locomotive take you upstream to the waiting canoe. The paddle will take you downstream along the historic St. Louis River from Boy Scout Landing back to our departure location at Clyde Ave. 

There are many opportunities for bird and other wildlife viewing as we wind down the river. The train ride takes approximately 45 minutes, while the paddle takes around 2 hours 15 minutes (4.75 miles). Train tickets and everything kayak is included in the tour cost.  

This tour is also offered with kayaks. Price per person with the kayak option is $72.00 each, there is a 2 paddler minimum.

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THE TRAIN

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The original Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad was the first railroad into Duluth. After several years of surveying, preparation and laying track, the first train traveling from St. Paul arrived in Duluth at 11:30 PM, August 1, 1870. The advent of this rail link was considered the most important event in the history of the state of Minnesota, as well as in the railroad development of the country. The 154 miles of track connected the head of navigation on Lake Superior with the head of navigation on the Mississippi River. This opened up a viable means to transport goods to Lake Superior for shipping to Eastern markets.

The section of track from Thomson to Fond du Lac, known as the skally line followed the St. Louis River through Jay Cooke Park. This portion of the original track had uneven terrain, a steep and long (nine mile) grade and high wooden trestles. These trestles were difficult to maintain and posed a fire threat due to the wood burning locomotives of the day. The Duluth Short Line Railway built an alternate route into Duluth in 1888 largely following the current Munger Trail eliminating the dangers of the skally line.

*Note: the train does not travel through Jay Cooke.


*Starting at $49.00 per paddler - For same day availability please call.

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SCHEDULE

TOUR TIMES: (April-October)
• Daily availability at 9a and 3p
• Custom duration at start times are available
 

DETAILS

TOUR INCLUDES:
• Canoe, paddle, PFD
• Canoe instruction and tips
• Nature and history tour

ADDITIONAL INFO:
Departure location from Clyde Ave (Munger Landing) unless otherwise indicated.
• Children of all ages welcome
* Duffers are 10 and under
* $20 per duffer - 2 per canoe
* Weather FAQs
* Not sure what you should bring along? Check out our packing list here

* 2 person minimum group size per tour

 

ABOUT

Canoeing is a safe, fun way for novice to expert paddlers to explore the many waterways of the Duluth area. It's also a great family activity as the youngster can enjoy the paddle while duffing. Duffing, or riding in the boat's center compartment, is a great beginning place for all young paddlers. Though duffers may not be helping to propel the boat, they are learning about the feel of a canoe.

Canoeing is a great way for families with very young kids to get out for a paddle. With everyone in the same boat parents can keep kiddos happy and entertained. If anyone needs to stretch their legs, there are lots of islands to get out and explore! 

We offer two tour durations: 2-hours and 4-hours (by special request). For groups with 4 or more able paddlers, check out our 10 person voyageur canoe! It's a great way for groups with varying levels of experience to be all together!

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DEPARTURE LOCATIONS

Clyde Ave/Munger Landing - In the St. Louis Estuary, you'll paddle around Clough Island and Spirit Lake. It's a great spot for wildlife viewing. We will visit Clough Island and the old farmstead. There is also an eagles nest we paddle right beneath! 

Boy Scout Landing - Starting where the St. Louis River narrows, you'll paddle upstream and explore the beautiful Fond Du Lac area and learn about it's importance for Native Americans and the fur trading voyageurs. On longer tours we stop at the charming Chambers Grove Park for the meal.

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