Self-Guided Kayak Tour

BDE Maka Ska Kayak Tours

BDE Maka Ska is a scenic oasis of enchantment, featuring many colorful and scenic highlights. Create your own adventure, with a self-guided kayak tour!

Our self-guided kayak tour of BDE Maka Ska has everything you need for a day of relaxation, fun, and exploring! Learn the rich history of BDE Maka Ska and everything it has to offer while paddling through the beautiful Chain of Lakes starting at our location on BDE Maka Ska Lake. You’ll see local flora, fauna, Lake of Isles, Ceadar Lake, Brownie Lake, and the amazing backdrop of Minneapolis.

Come prepared to get a little wet from the drip of your paddle and splash of the water. Dress for the weather; lightweight, synthetic clothing is best. Prepare to be out in the sun; sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat that won’t blow off. A water bottle is also recommended.

Starting at $39

Skill Level

Approx. Time

3 - 4 hours

BDE Maka Ska History

From 1829-1839, Bde Maka Ska was the site of the Bdewákhathuŋwaŋ Dakota
agricultural village known as Heyate Otuŋwe.  On the west side is The Bakken, an old mansion with medicinal gardens and a library and museum devoted to medical electricity and the history of electromagnetism.

Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park

The Chain of Lakes span through Minneapolis and includes four of the largest
lakes in Minneapolis: Lake Harriet, Bde Maka Ska, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake. The lakes are connected by 13 miles of paved walking and biking paths along the shoreline, and all but Lake Harriet are connected with water throughways.

Lake of the Isles

Over a hundred migratory birds visit or spend their summer on the Lake of the Isle islets, including the mallard duck, Canadian goose, and the great blue heron. If you are patient, you may see the elusive night heron or horned grebe along the island’s shore.

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake tends to be quieter than the other lakes, which makes it photogenic as well. In the fall, trees bordering the lake turn a vibrant yellow and reflect from the still water like in a painting. Thousands of native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs and trees have been planted.

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Included with this

Self-Guided Tour


  • KAYAK OF YOUR CHOICE
  • A PADDLE
  • LIFE JACKETS
  • DETAILED TOUR MAP

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What to bring & wear

  • DRESS FOR THE WEATHER. LIGHTWEIGHT, SYNTHETIC CLOTHING
  • TOWEL/EXTRA CLOTHES
  • SANDALS OR WATER SHOES
  • CAMERA
  • WATER BOTTLE(S)
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