We’ve been building toys, furniture, wood signs and more since 2008. Owner, John Hodnefield spent 2 weeks in 2017 to build CLC’s first all wood teardrop camper and found a new passion for wood boat building. John has over 20 years in woodworking, home framing and toy making.

Photos Courtesy of  Chesapeake Light Craft

Photos Courtesy of Chesapeake Light Craft

Work Space

Drift North Paddle Co is located inside Boardwalk DIY Studio.

The work space is 960 square feet with an additional 480 square feet of storage. We have one bathroom and we are heated / cooled year-round.

Photos Courtesy of  Boardwalk DIY Studio

Photos Courtesy of Boardwalk DIY Studio


Bring family and friends. They can help build your boat (see fees) and anyone can participate in the projects Boardwalk DIY Studio has to offer (usually evening classes). Check out their projects here.

We share our parking lot with Snap Fitness, Subway, Amy's Candies, Sweet Toppings, Chopstix, Chanticlear Pizza, National Karate and Andover Physical Therapy. The local clinic is half a block away and the YMCA is less than a mile from our location.

This photo of Fort Snelling State Park is courtesy of  TripAdvisor

This photo of Fort Snelling State Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor


There are hotels and restaurants throughout the area. We share the community with other cities such as: Ramsey, Blaine, Anoka, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, East Bethel and Spring Lake Park.

Minneapolis/St Paul is 20 minutes away and the MSP airport is 30 - 40 minutes from our campus.

Our current location is close to the Mississippi (3 miles) and the Rum River (5 miles). We are 75 minutes from Lake Superior - and have 14 lakes close by as well.

Fort Snelling (historic site) is 24 miles, the Mall of America is 23 miles, the State Fairgrounds is 15 miles and we also have 9 State Parks within 15 miles of our location.

Extra Adventure?

Photo courtesy of  Minnesota Adventure Company .

Photo courtesy of Minnesota Adventure Company.

Minnesota Adventure Company is not affiliated or a sponsor with Drift North Paddle Co. Tours are arranged by instructors at Drift North Paddle Co

Minnesota Adventure Company

At the end of the week - most boats can be put in the water and enjoyed for a day or two. Finish work still needs to be done and UV protection (varnish or paint) will still need to be applied. If interested - we can schedule a tour of either the Mississippi River or Minnehaha Creek. $55 per person (includes transportation and trailering of boats).

We invite you to come explore the local waters of the Twin Cities and all of the history, wildlife, and adventure they have to offer. Several types of tours for all skill levels are available.
— Minnesota Adventure Company ~ website