Are you looking for a fun group paddling event? Do you have a group and want to set out on your own on an assigned route?
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting a "Paddle the Minnesota River State Water Trail in a Day" on June 11th during which there will be organized group paddles. Some of them do have canoes or kayaks available, so don't let the lack of a watercraft be a barrier, just check out the list of group paddles and it will tell you which ones have them available?
Not all of the river is taken and there are spots along the river for other individuals and groups to paddle. Some of the group paddles are listed as family-friendly as well.