Rental Rates | Yearly Local Rental Pass

Kayak and SUP rentals

  • Lake Union Weather
    Come paddle on the lake with us! No experience necessary, MINIMUM AGE: 18 for paddling without a parent/legal guardian; 16 for a single kayak or paddleboard when accompanied by a parent/legal guardian, under 16 must be in a double, triple, or on a paddleboard with a parent/legal guardian. Reservations recommended in the summer, NOT TAKEN ON VOICEMAIL OR EMAIL (or Twitter, Facebook:-). To make a reservation please call us at 206-281-9694. We need to know specifically how many single, double, triple kayaks or paddle boards you need as well as a start and end time. For best results call early. If the forecast is nice we can fill up one or two days out and may be too busy to take day of reservations.

    GROUPS reserving more than 6 items require a $10 per item nonrefundable deposit which is applied to the rental. Groups larger than 15 people require prepayment. There is a 1 1/2hr minimum charge per water craft on weekdays and a 2 hour minimum charge on weekends and holidays for groups larger than 15 people. Large groups on weekends and holidays must start on the half hour and start no later than 11:30. Deposits and prepayments are fully refundable if we have to cancel the rental due to high winds (>15mph) or lightning.

  • Lake Union Safety Tips

    Our Hours:
    Last rentals leave 90 minutes before closing everyday
    Last reservations 2 hours before closing
    October: Closed Mon & Tues, 10-6 Wed,Th,Fr,S&S
    November & December: Closed Mon & Tues, 10-6 Wed,Th,Fr, 10-5 S&S
    Closed November 19-23rd for Thanksgiving, Reopen 11/24 Closed December 24/2018-January 4, 2019 January-Feb: Closed Mon & Tuesdays, 10-6 Wed-Fr; 10-5 Sat & Sunday
    March: Closed Mon & Tues, 10-6 Wed,Th,Fr,S&S
    April-Sept 1st: Mon-Friday 10-8

    We are ON the Water, with docks right outside our office door. From there you can explore the beautiful Seattle waterways in a kayak, or Surf Lake Union on a Standup Paddle Board (SUP). Our kayaks and boards are not allowed through the Ballard Locks.
    The Arboretum is hard to access right now see map. It is about a 10 mile paddle, about 5 hour round trip. You have to paddle to Lake Washington to get in and out.
    From our docks on Lake Union, we have introduced thousands of people to the joys of kayaking each year. You can paddle from NWOC to Lake Washington, where you have some 80+ miles of paddling. We have 20+ models of kayaks available to tryout here on the lake, and several models of SUPs. We have experience with most of the kayaks that are made today, and have chosen a range of models that will fullfill the needs of most paddlers. We have singles, doubles and triples, some sit-on-tops, and Standup Paddle Boards (SUPs) for your paddling pleasure.

    • Lake Union Points of interest and Public Access Overview
    • Lake Union Map

      Sea Kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards
      Single Kayak$18 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
      SUPs$20 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
      Double Kayaks $25 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
      Triple Kayaks $30 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
      For Lake Union Rentals: You are charged for 1-hr minimum, prorated after that every 10 minutes. If you are out for 1.5 hrs, you are charged for 1.5 hours, etc.
    • For Kayaks Only, NOT SUPs: Mon-Friday: 3rd & 4th hours are free; Sat, Sun & Holidays: 4th hour free.

    • Rental prices include: boat, paddle(s), life jackets(s), bilge pump, paddle float, spray skirt.
    • In general, dress for the weather, and wear clothes and footwear that don't mind getting wet.
    • On colder days, you are welcome to use a wetsuit without charge.
    • Reservations can be made for rentals anytime, and are a good idea July & August for Lake Union or group rentals.
    • Before a boat leaves our shop, we must have a signed waiver from all persons who will be paddling our boats.

    • Drysuit Rental W/Booties. When Available: call to reserve $35/Day $50/Weekend $100/Week
      Wet Suit Without Boat Rental $8 min. $20/Day $30/Weekend

      For Drysuit and Wetsuit rentals, Weekend is from Friday Afternoon to Sunday at close, or Monday before noon.

    • Renters are responsible for full replacement value of any equipment damaged or lost!

    Here is an opportunity for frequent kayak paddlers (NOT SUPs) to reduce rental costs, get regular exercise and learn a lot about different kayaks. Yearly pass holders pay an up-front fee and paddle our kayaks on Lake Union/Lake Washington (no overnight use or cartopping to other destinations) for a maximum of 4 hours per day during our regular hours of operation. The pass is valid for a one, two or three person kayak (NOT SUPs) and can be used as often as you'd like up to a maximum of 4 hours per day,within these parameters: May 15 - Sept 15, Mon. - Fri., no weekends or holidays; September 16 - May 14, everyday we are open.

    Passes are available at NWOC for $249.00 plus tax, good for up to 4 hours/day, valid for 1 year from time of purchase

  • Northwest Outdoor Center 2100 Westlake Ave N Ste 1 Seattle, Wa 98109 206-281-9694