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Grab a buddy and learn to kayak

Friends of the Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc., will offer a four-session kayaking class opportunity beginning in July. Photo courtesy of Rita Thofern

The Friends of Willow River and Kinnickinnic State Parks, Inc. is offering beginner, family-friendly kayak lessons. Kayaking is a great way to experience the outdoors, get healthy exercise, and have fun. During the final session students will paddle down the scenic Kinnickinnic River to the spectacular St. Croix River.

No previous kayak experience is required. However, you should be comfortable in water over your head. All equipment is provided including kayaks, paddles and personal flotation devices (PFDs). PFDs must be worn at all times. Class is limited to 10 participants.

Sign up for a series of four, 1.5-hour kayak lessons on either Tuesdays or Thursdays.

• Lesson times: 6—7:30 p.m.

• Lesson dates for Tuesdays: July 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8

• Lesson dates for Thursdays: July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10

We encourage "buddy" sign ups. Friends or family members registering together pay a discounted fee.

• Cost: $40 for the first registrant, $30 for each additional member of a group.

• Bonus: Attend all four lessons and receive half of your fee back!

To register go to

If you have any questions call 715-972- 3247 or email