On the River


Moorhead Parks & Recreation and River Keepers partner to offer the following activities:

Canoe and Kayak Rentals 

Canoe and Kayak Rentals

Experience the Red River in downtown Moorhead first-hand! Paddle the Red River and enjoy scenic views and great exercise.

Life jackets (PFDs) and paddles are included in the rental of each vessel from Hjemkomst Landing.


2023 Hours of Operation


Due to limited staffing, there will be no rentals August 29, 31, September 3 or 5.

 Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-8 pm
Saturdays 11 am-6 pm  |  Sundays 12-6 pm
Cash or check accepted

Vessels are rented on a first-come, first-served basis for use at the Hjemkomst Landing,
202 1st Ave N, Moorhead only.

Group paddling rentals are available for parties of five or more. Reservations must be made for at least 2 hours or a $100 minimum rental fee. Group rentals are not available during regular rental hours (see above) and are dependent on staff availability. Reservations must be made at least 14 business days in advance by calling 218.299.5078.

2023 River Paddling Excursions

Join Moorhead Parks and Recreation and River Keepers as we take a journey on the Red with our River Paddling Excursions. All skill levels are invited. Each session begins at 6 p.m. with the basics of canoeing and kayaking. Please arrive by 5:30 p.m. to get checked in. Pre-registration is required as vessels are available on a first come, first served basis. Excursions begin at the Hjemkomst Center landing.

CANCELED DUE TO HIGH RIVER FLOW: May 31: Discover the Red River, led by River Keepers
CANCELED DUE TO HIGH RIVER FLOW: June 14: Birds of the Red River, led by Audubon Great Plains
June 28: Trees of the Red River, led by the City of Moorhead Forestry Department

July 12: History of the Red River, led by the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
July 26: History of the Red River, led by the Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County
August 9: Animals and Habitats of the Red River, led by the Red River Zoo 
August 23: Discover the Red River, led by River Keepers

$15/person for canoe/kayak rental OR $10/person if providing own vessel. Register online.

River Paddling Excursions 

Adopt the Red

Volunteers are needed from May-October to pick up litter along river corridors (10 river zones to adopt). Help out as a one-time group or Adopt the Red for the season!

Adopt-the-Red Map

For more city beautification information, visit the Volunteer section of our website.


Shore FishingBoat Launches and Shore Fishing

M.B. Johnson Park Launch
Convent Landing (North of Riverview Place)
Dike East Launch

Cast your line on the Red! Enjoy shore fishing at Gooseberry Park, Viking Ship Park, Riverfront Park, Memorial Park, North Dam, River Oaks Park - South Dam, and M.B. Johnson Park (boat ramp available).



Gooseberry-BridgePedestrian Bridges

Gooseberry Park to Lindenwood Park
100 22nd Ave S

Davy/Memorial Park to Oak Grove Park
210 8th St S

Woodlawn Park to Dike East
400 Woodlawn Drive

Bridge Status

River Corridor Plan

The City of Moorhead has adopted the River Corridor Plan; envisioning a continuous trail along the Red River, this path will ultimately run through Moorhead, connecting M.B. Johnson Park in the north to the Bluestem Center for the Arts in the south, and beyond. The plan involves adding several new amenities along the way, including natural resource rehabilitation, interpretation, and playful trailhead park amenities. To obtain these goals, the City has applied and been awarded numerous grants to help fund installation of the trail. Continued grant application is still in process to fully complete this plan. For more information and spotlight projects, visit the River Corridor section of the City website.