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BentRiver Outfitter

Mankato, MN, USA
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About BentRiver Outfitter
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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ellenjoljung wrote a review Jun 1
Geneva, Illinois4 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Nee Nee wrote a review Jul 2019
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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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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MDeLong wrote a review Jun 2019
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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!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Jc I wrote a review Aug 2018
New Prague, Minnesota4 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Dan K wrote a review May 2018
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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.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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