Rental Rates | Yearly Local Rental Pass

kayak and SUP rentals
Come paddle on the lake with us! No experience necessary, Reservations recommended in the summer, not taken on voicemail.

Rental hours September 3, 4 & 5-: Mon-Fri: 10AM-7:45PM, last boat/board out at 6pm; 9-6 Sat, Sun, last boat/board out at 4:30
September 8th-Sept 19th: Mon-Friday 10-7:30, last boat/board out at 6pm; S&S 9-6, last boat/board out at 4:30
September 22nd-30: Mon-Friday 10-7, last boat/board out at 5:30; S&S 9-6, last boat/board out at 4:30
October: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, Open 10-6 Wed,Th,Fr,S&S
November through February: Closed Mon & Tuesdays, Open 10-6 Wed-Fr; 10-5 S&S
March: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, 10-6 Wed,Th,Fr,S&S

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.

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.

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      LAKE UNION RENTALS
    year-round
    Sea Kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards
    Single Kayak$14 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
    SUPs$15 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
    Double Kayaks $20 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
    Triple Kayaks $22 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 $30/Day $45/Weekend $70/Week
    Wet Suit Without Boat Rental $8 min. $15/Day $25/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 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) 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 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 1 year from time of purchase

Northwest Outdoor Center 2100 Westlake Ave N Ste 1- Seattle, Wa 98109 1-800-683-0637 - 206-281-9694