Here are your paddling destinations in Carver County’s Parks and Reserves. We also highlight the State Water Trail of the South Fork of the Crow River.
Of course anywhere there’s a public launch is fair game for you to launch your canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard, too.
You’ll need a daily or annual park pass to enter these parks.
Baylor Regional Park (Norwood Young America)
There’s no boat launch into Eagle Lake right in Baylor, but you can carry your canoe, kayak or SUP board from the parking lot to the lakeshore. Or launch from the public access just outside the Park. Rentals are available for a modest hourly rate. Here’s the map.
Carver Park Reserve (Victoria)
Over 700 acres of water and several lakes make Carver Park Reserve a great paddling destination. There are two boat launches, as well as short trails from a parking area near the campground to the water, suitable for portaging to launch.
Rentals available at the campground. Stieger Lake is a no-wake lake—a plus for paddlers. (No park pass is needed here.) Here’s the Carver Reserve map.
Crow River State Water Trail: South Fork
Crow River State Water Trail flows through several counties, about 20 miles of which includes Carver County. With its gentle current (except when in flood stage, of course), it’s ideal for beginning and young paddlers. Here’s the map.
Lake Minnewashta Regional Park (Chanhassen)
There’s a boat launch in Minnewashta Park for paddling and fishing. Better yet, if you own a canoe or kayak and don’t want to haul it back and forth, the Park offers rental storage racks. Pay a seasonal fee for May-October and keep your boat there. Rental equipment is available here, too, for a very nominal fee.
There’s a lot of shoreline to paddle in this park, much of it protected in a small bay. It’s a great place for beginners or if you’re paddling with young children. Here’s the map.