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Bde Maka Ska is the largest lake in Minneapolis. It joins the Lake of the Isles through a long channel and is the biggest lake of five that make up the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Surrounded by city park land and circled by bike and walking trails, it is popular for many outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, wind surging, swimming, sailing, and of course, biking.

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SUP with your Pup: Dog-Friendly Paddle Board Rentals in the Twin Cities

Dog on a paddleboard from Wheel Fun Rentals in Minnesota

Minnesotans know the best way to keep cool on a hot summer day is to be on the water. Good thing we’ve got over 10,000 lakes and countless water activities to choose from — like stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). SUP’s not only a great way to enjoy our lakes, but a great workout as well. And Fido loves a good splish-splash, too! Lucky for you, we’ve got the scoop on a few of the best dog-friendly paddle board rentals in the metro to get your (doggy) paddle on with your pooch.

Consider a canine life vest to keep your pup safe in case they decide paddling on top of the water isn’t as exciting as paddling in the water. First, a few things to keep in mind:

  • Help keep the paddleboards (and your bare feet!) safe from the scratches of a frantic pup. If you don’t think your doggo will be comfortable or calm enough for a paddleboard adventure, this sport may not be for them.

On to the good stuff!

On-Location Rentals

These outfitters provide on-location SUP (and other) rentals right on the lake:

Wheel Fun Rentals, multiple locations in Minneapolis and St Paul: Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun (map), Lake Harriet (map), Lake Nokomis (map), and Lake Como (map)


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