BentRiver Outfitter
Boat Tours • Boat Rentals • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Kayak, SUP, canoe and snowshoe rental and retail shop, locally owned and operated at 606 N. Riverfront Drive in Mankato, MN. Bent River Outfitter specializes in: guided tours and rentals via water or snow, corporate outings and community events.
Mankato, Minnesota

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mmkramer007
Mankato, MN2 contributions
Feb 2022
My college age daughter and I did a snowshoeing trip last weekend and it was great! Top notch guide who was knowledgeable and friendly. I hadn't been snowshoeing in years and wasn't sure what kind of shoes to get and where to go, so it was a great introduction back into it. Highly recommend!
Written February 7, 2022
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Nerasea
Mankato, MN37 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
i wanted a special day with family for Fathers Day. We got kayaks and paddle boards and went down the Blue Earth River. One of our party didn't have a paddle and the guides were calm and solved the problem. We were quickly on our way and had a marvelous time. We saw a bald eagle, turtles, jumping fish and herons plus gorgeous limestone cliffs and waterfalls. When we got to the pickup point, our bent river driver was there waiting. Sam, the driver, was really helpful and great. What a fantastic day!
Written June 23, 2015
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Nee Nee
1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Couples
We called on the 4th of July and Adam answered and said they did not have shuttle service that day. I told him we only had one car, and he told us to drive down (we are from Minneapolis) and he would figure it out. He was there when we arrived and he and his son helped us get loaded up and gave us a personal tour of the river on the way to the drop off site, even stopping to show us where we could land in different places. I was amazed at the level of dedication and personal care we received from this family. We called them when we were done and the were down right away to pick us up. The kayak trip was equally fantastic as we floated down the stunning Blue Earth river. I thought, "Do people know about this?" We pulled over at Devil's Gulch and walked back through a stream to a waterfall, literally shimmering in the sun. We stood under it, and there was a full rainbow at the bottom. I told my daughter I finally found the end of the rainbow. The class 1 rapids were fun and we felt we had a great four hour ride with two stops. We stayed at City Center Hotel which was very close to the outfitters and right in downtown so we could walk everywhere and explore downtown Mankato.We will definitely be going back. Oh, and Adam also runs a music festival called Festival Solstice at the Mankato campground every June. We will be going to that next year, as well.
Written July 9, 2019
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Jc I
New Prague, MN4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
This outfitter is amazing and understanding, and I'll tell you why. We put in at Riverside Park in Mankato and headed North. For some reason, maybe due to the great time on the Minnesota River, we went right past the pick up point at 7 Mile Park. About the time we landed in St. Peter, Dan from Bent River called us, and asked if we were OK. Concerned that we had not been at the pick up spot within the typical time frame. We told Dan wow, we totally missed it. He said, no problem, he'd pick us up in St. Peter. He and this company are the best in the business. We will most definitely be a customer in the future. By the way, Dan is a very accomplished outdoors person, and shared some of his adventures with us.

J C & Janis Ingebrand
Written August 26, 2018
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Darlynn127
13 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
We booked a private half day kayaking tour for 6 which got a shuttle to and from the river a snack and a guide. We had an amazing day. I worried that 4 hours of kayaking would be too long for our group of middle aged women but it was perfect. I wasn't sore at all the next day. Dixie, aka Alyssa, was our river guide. She was awesome! We saw 4 bald eagles, several blue herons and a bunch of turtles. Great fun was had by all.
Written September 22, 2014
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ellenjoljung
Geneva, IL9 contributions
May 2021
We were in Mankato to deliver a sculpture and hadn't brought our kayaks, so we set up a trip with Bent River. The LeSeur River was terribly low -- glad to be using their plastic boat instead of our precious Kevlar ones -- but we had a good time and great company along the way. We plan to do more trips with them when we return.
Written June 1, 2021
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MDeLong
7 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Party of 6, got to spend father's day weekend with wife & 4 of our favorite 20-somethings (daughter & boyfriend, and son & girlfriend). Great paddle from Rapidan Dam to Hwy 90 on a beautiful Saturday (with a couple sprinkles). Big thanks to Belle for the heads up about the waterfalls along the way, it was a big hit with everyone. Also, thanks for helping us get a safe launch near the dam, We (especially me) had a great time going through all the rapids. Bent River has a good thing going there, keep up the great work. We'll certainly be back!
Written June 18, 2019
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Dan K
1 contribution
May 2018 • Couples
BentRiver, and specifically our guide Dan, was amazing. This was my first time kayaking and Dan provided a wealth of knowledge. His passion for the sport is obvious and can make anyone feel like a pro. The gear was all high quality and the expertise you have access to via the staff is amazing. Hands down you will get more value and fun for your money here than at any other outfit.
Written May 30, 2018
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Melissa H
West Plains, MO110 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
Went kayaking for the first time on Saturday and had a blast! All the staff are super friendly and fun! Will definitely be back to try SUP! Kate was an awesome guide (and photographer ;-) ) and got me through the rapids with no probs, also took me to some awesome waterfalls! Thanks for a great adventure, had no idea all these beautiful places were hiding in Mankato! If you're thinking of trying kayaking just do it, I had been for a while and booked the trip on a whim and it did not dissapoint, wasn't nervous at all and the rapids were pretty easy to get through!
Written May 27, 2018
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Thanks so much for coming to Bent River Outfitter, so glad you got to enjoy the beautiful scenery and get out on the water with us! We hope to see you back on a stand up paddle board! Come try it on Thursday nights 6-8pm out at Westwood Marina and bring a friend! See you soon!
Written May 28, 2018
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adwbones707
Mankato, MN1 contribution
Sep 2016 • Business
I have lived in Mankato for 9 years now and I never knew our town had access to something so cool. I have never been on the river much less paddle boarding but I had a blast and would highly recommend Bent River to anyone who likes beautiful scenery and a good time. So easy to do and I felt like anyone at any age could do it!
Written September 15, 2016
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