Canoe/Kayak Rental Info

by Sherri ~ August 10th, 2011. Filed under: Paddle Sports Businesses.

I frequently get asked about where people can rent canoes and kayaks, so I just added a new page of information to the “Paddling Resources & Links” section of my website.  You can see the information in this blog post now, but it will be permanently located on the website as a separate page, as well, under the heading “Canoe/Kayak Rental Info”.  As I get more information about places to rent, I will continue to add to this list.


SherriKayaks does not rent canoes and kayaks, although we do provide boats for most of our classes and trips.  If you are looking to rent a canoe or kayak, listed below are the locations that I am currently aware of.  Inclusion on this list does not imply any sort of endorsement on my part.  If you know of other locations in Southeast Wisconsin and Northeast Illinois that offer canoe and kayak rentals, I would appreciate it if you would pass on the contact information for that business.

Potential renters should take the time to do some research before renting.  Besides rental costs, ask questions like

  • What makes and models of boats are available? (recreational or sea kayaks, length, width, stability, etc.)
  • What additional accessories are included? (life jacket, paddle, sprayskirt, pump, paddle float, foam block carrier kits to transport the boat, etc.)
  • What kinds of paddles are included in the rental?  Is there an option to upgrade for additional cost?
  • Do you require specific training before being allowed to rent?


Boathouse Bar – 34422 Delafield Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.  Located on the water on Upper Nemahbin Lake.  Canoe rentals only, no reservations taken.  Call George at 262-873-9091.

Eagle Springs Pub – W345 S10463 Highway E, Mukwonago, WI  53149.  Located on Eagle Springs and Lulu Lakes. Canoe rentals only.  Website: http://eaglespringspub.mfbiz.com

Frame Park – located on the Fox River in Waukesha, WI. Recreational kayak rentals.  Website: www.highrollerfunrentals.com

Laacke & Joys – 1433 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  Located on the Milwaukee River in Downtown Milwaukee.  Canoe and kayak rentals (recreational and sea kayaks).  Website:  www.laackeandjoys.com or call 414-271-7878.  (kayak rentals and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) also available at Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee).  Recreational kayak rentals are available at the Brookfield store, 19233 W. Bluemound Road.  This store is not located on the water.  Call 262-782-2960 for more information.

Prairie Springs Park – 9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.  Located on Lake Andrea. Canoe and kayak rentals.  Website: www.recplexonline.com

REI – 13100 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53005.  This store is not located on the water.  Website:  www.rei.com.  Call 262-783-6150 for more information.

River Bend Nature Center – 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53404.  Located on the Root River. Canoe and recreational kayak rentals. Call 262-639-0930 for more information.

Rutabaga – 220 W. Broadway, Madison, WI 53716.  Located on the Yahara River.  Canoe and kayak rentals.  Website: www.Rutabaga.com.  Call 800-472-3353 or 608-223-9300 for more information.

Sherper’s – 225 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc 53066.  Call 262-567-6847 for more information.  5750 S. 108th Street, Hales Corners, WI 53130.  Call 414-425-6888 for more information.  Neither store is located on the water.  Canoe and recreational kayak rentals.

4 Responses to Canoe/Kayak Rental Info

  1. Legendairy

    Boathouse Bar no longer has Canoes.

  2. Sherri

    Thanks, I need to update some of the information on rentals for 2012.

  3. Cathy Anderson

    Looking to buy a used 10′ kayak. Do you have any for sale???

  4. Sherri

    Sorry, Cathy. I don’t have any of my kayaks for sale. You could try checking with Laacke & Joys in Milwaukee – (414)271-7878. They sell their rental kayaks in late September or early October. It’s pretty hard to find used recreational kayaks, especially the 10′ ones, as they are so inexpensive to begin with that most people don’t bother trying to sell theirs and just hang on to them. Given that you can find new rec kayaks for under $200, I’m not sure what you were hoping to find for prices in the used market.

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