Three outfitters for three separate legs of the Mississippi:

St. Cloud to Becker — Clear Waters Outfitting Company (320-558-8123, www.cwout provides fishing kayaks, recreational kayaks, canoes and paddleboards. Trips range from 8 to 13 miles. Longer trips and overnight camping also can be arranged.

Twin Cities — Wilderness Inquiry (612-676-9400, offers three to four-hour weekend paddles in 24-foot voyageur canoes, including themed outings such as ghost towns, fall colors and seasonal foods.

Red Wing to Winona — Broken Paddle Guiding Company (651-955-5222; www.brokenpaddle guides a variety of trips which may incorporate hiking area bluffs, watching the sunset from a beach or finishing the excursion at a brewpub.