General Information

eric_flinn_erics_canoe_rentalMeet Eric Flinn, Owner of Eric's Canoe and Kayak Rental

Growing up in Junea, Alaska gave me a strong appreciation for the outdoors.

After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Elementary Education, I traveled the United States visiting every baseball park.

The pines, cliffs, and scenic beauty of the St. Croix River area reminded me of Alaska, so I decided to make it my permanent home.

I’m just an Alaskan guy in a Wisconsin world! ~ Eric Flinn

Eric's Canoe Rentals Reservations

We accept credit cards at the St. Croix Falls Location
Certain trips may be purchased online.
Cash or checks only at Wild River and Taylors Falls Dam locations
Group rates available for 6 or more canoes
Be safe and help care for the St. Croix River
No glass bottles
Bring out everything you bring in, especially trash.
Respect plants, animals, people and property.
Never cut vegetation
Use public toilets or dig a 6" hole at least 100 feet from the water
Wear your life jacket (required by law for children under 13)
Currents can be dangerous!
Alcohol consumption on the river is not advised
Remember always respect the river.


Reservations are not required, but they are definitely recommended. We do not usually run out of canoes or kayaks, but a reservation is highly recommended if you want to make sure that a canoe or kayak will be available for you. It gets very busy during peak times in the season.
Yes, it will guarantee you a canoe or kayak but not at the exact time you reserved online. The best thing to do is call to reserve the time and how many canoe or kayaks you might need at a particular time slot. Some days “especially weekends” are a lot busier than others so we can better guide you and your groups to a time that will space you out from the other groups that might be going at that particular time as well.
Eric's Canoe Rentals does not offer refunds. We understand that weather and times can always change so we try to be flexible for you! If you pay in advance, your purchase is good for the entire season so you can reschedule.
Free parking in both Eric’s Canoe & Kayak Rental lots. St. Croix Falls lot (outside Wisconsin Interstate Park) or Taylors Falls lot (near large dam on Minnesota side). You park and we shuttle you free to the launch site.