On the River


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

Canoe and Kayak RentalsCanoe and Kayak Individual Rentals

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

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

Cash or check only accepted.


Last day to rent is Saturday, September 10! Rental is half-off on this day - $5/hour/vessel.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays 3-8 pm  |  Thursdays 5-8 pm
Saturdays 11 am-6 pm  |  Sundays 12-6 pm

Group paddling rentals are available for parties of five or more. Reservations must be at least 2 hours or a $100 minimum rental fee. These 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.

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, and 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.

2022 dates and topics:
Cancelled, due to high river levels: Birds of the Red River, led by the FM Audubon Chapter
Cancelled, due to high river levels: Discover the Red River, led by River Keepers
Cancelled, due to high river levels: History of the Red River, led by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
Cancelled, due to high river levels: Discover the Red River, led by River Keepers
Postponed to July 27: Animals of the Red River, led by the Red River Zoo
August 3: History of the Red River, led by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
August 17: Trees of the Red River, led by the City of Moorhead Forestry
September 11: Urban Wilderness Excursion, led by the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County *Special Greater Moorhead Days excursion with a different route - attendees will be shuttled to River Oaks Park from Dike East in Fargo. The paddle will be about 3 hours in length, going downstream the entire time.

$15/person, for canoe/kayak rental OR $10/person, if providing own vessel
Children 5 years and under free. 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.