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Address: 530 N Riverfront Dr, Mankato, MN 56001-3449
Phone Number: +1 507-388-2368
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Kayak, SUP, canoe and snowshoe rental shop, locally owned and operated at...

Kayak, SUP, canoe and snowshoe rental shop, locally owned and operated at 530 N. Riverfront Drive in Mankato, MN. Bent River Outfitter specializes in: guided tours and rentals via water or snow, corporate outings and community events.

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Amazing Staff and well worth the price!!

Had a family reunion and decided to go canoeing down the Blue Earth river. Party of 12 - rented three canoes, a kayak and a paddleboard. An AMAZING time! The staff was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Tara K
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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Fargo, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son and his wife invited friends and family on a kayaking trip. We were lucky to have perfect weather and higher than normal river levels, making a great day to be on the river! My husband and I are in our 50s and have never kayaked, and others in our group (ages 40-50) only once before. We all had... More 

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had a family reunion and decided to go canoeing down the Blue Earth river. Party of 12 - rented three canoes, a kayak and a paddleboard. An AMAZING time! The staff was wonderful, we parked our cars at the exit point, then hopped in the shuttle for a short ride to the entry point of the river. The staff helped... More 

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Rochester, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

We had a great experience kayaking the Blue Earth and Minnesota rivers in Mankato, MN. The guide and service was fantastic. I had never kayaked before and quickly felt comfortable with our guide. The other staff were also exceptional. Very impressed with the skill and experience the staff offered. They also offer paddle boarding and other experiences at a reasonable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Group of 8 - none of us had tried kayaking. We had so much fun! The staff at Bent River were awesome, thanks for everything! Can't wait to go back and try SUP 😀

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Thank Mark T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Eight, 50 year old, first time kayakers ventured out for a day on the river. All a little nervous about the outcome of this trip. The day couldn't have been more perfect. Temp was perfect and the sun wasn't blazing down on us and cooking us from the outside in. The area to get your kayak into the river was... More 

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Thank Karla H
Dain F, Owner at BentRiver Outfitter, responded to this review

So happy you enjoyed your experience with Bent! Can't wait to see you back! More 

Clovis, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Entire family ages 6-66 self guided canoe trip down Blue Earth River. Staff was super helpful, even offered the kiddos icepops while we waited for the canoes to be loaded. We followed the vans down to the finish point and then loaded into their vans to the loading spot. 4 canoes, 1 kayak and 1 paddle board and 12 people.... More 

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Thank t22vb
Dain F, Owner at BentRiver Outfitter, responded to this review

I very happy to hear you enjoyed your day! More 

Mankato, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We had a group of 8 that floated down the Blue Earth River with Rapid Dan and we all had a great time! He made the experience fun, relaxing and educational for all regardless of our experience level. Rapid Dan made everyone feel comfortable and confident in the water. He knew the river really well and knew exactly where to... More 

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Thank samschirmers56
Dain F, Owner at BentRiver Outfitter, responded to this review

That's awesome to hear! Thanks for the feedback, we will give RapiDan the credit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We all have a great time, wish we can do it again next year. They have some wonderful workers, made us felt very comfortable with the river and fear or the river.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We are brand new to paddling and found Bent River Outfitters online. Dain spoke with us for a while to figure out what we most wanted to do for the day. Then he gave us a quick lesson on kayaking and paddle boarding. It was fun and he was so kind and helpful. He told us we would enjoy having... More 

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Thank Linda W
Dain F, Owner at BentRiver Outfitter, responded to this review

Happy to help out and make it a good day for the both of you! Take care, see you again soon! More 

Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We had a beautiful day to canoe down the Blue Earth River. There were five of us, including 3 teenage boys. We piled onto van to get to our point of deparcation. Once there we hauled our canoes from the trailer to the river's edge. My boyfriend and I took the first canoe, and our three boys followed in theirs.... More 

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Dain F, Owner at BentRiver Outfitter, responded to this review

Thank you for your descriptive review of your adventure! We do offer guided services for first timers which would have helped with getting your tipped canoe emptied and upright efficiently. The guides also tour all the waterfalls and stopping points of interest. Would have loved to have gotten a 5 star but appreciate the honesty of your opinion. I loved... More 

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