If you’re headed to St. Paul, MN this fall and would like to explore Pickerel Lake, then check out the recently-opened Paddle Share Station. Located in Lilydale Regional Park, this new location offers single-person and tandem kayak rentals, as well as adaptive kayaking gear. The adaptive equipment, which was provided by Creating Ability, includes a boat chariot (to launch the kayak), and a kayak with an adaptive seat, paddle and outriggers.
It’s easy to reserve a kayak too — just go to www.paddleshare.org, choose your location and add the equipment to your shopping cart. After your order is processed you will be given a code to unlock a Paddle Share locker that contains the equipment. Kayaks can be rented for up to 1.5 hours, and must be returned to the same Paddle Share location. Rental rates are $20 for a single-person kayak, and $35 for a tandem kayak. There is no extra charge for the adaptive equipment. Kayaks are available on an abbreviated schedule this year (see below) due to unseasonable rains, but look for a more robust schedule next year.
Pickerel Lake Paddle Share Schedule
July 26 – July 29 — Thursday – Sunday
August 1 – September 2 — Wednesday – Sunday
September 8 – September 30 – Saturday – Sunday
For more information, visit www.paddleshare.org.