|Rental Rates | Yearly Local Rental Pass
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.
Last rentals leave 90 minutes before closing or dark, whichever is earliest everyday
Last reservations 2 hours before closing
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: 10-8 Mon-Friday, 9-6 Sat, Sun and Holidays
October: Closed Mon & Tues, 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.
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.
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