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Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

Paddle boarders on Lake Union
a single, double, and triple kayak at NWOC docks as seen from above
Standup Paddle Boards and Paddles on a dock
Kid in the front of a tandem kayak under the Aurora Bridge

Single Kayak & Paddleboard (SUP)

Double Kayak

Triple Kayak




  • ​One hour minimum & prorated every 10 minutes after first hour.

  • Call ahead to reserve so you can paddle when you want to, even during peak times.

  • Walk-ins accepted most days & times. 

  • Last reservation 2 hours before close.

  • Last rental leaves 90 minutes before close. All rentals must be returned by closing time.

  • Paddlers under 18 must paddle with a parent or legal guardian. Anyone under the age of 16 has to paddle in a double or triple kayak with an adult.

  • Weekdays: 3rd and 4th hours are free for kayaks!

We'll fit you to a kayak or paddleboard based on size and ability. We have sit-inside kayaks to fit nearly any size and ability level. We do have a sit-on-top double and single kayak available upon request.

Rental Details

  • With docks on Lake Union, all you have to do is paddle! 

  • Rentals include: boat, paddle(s), lifejacket(s), bilge pump, sprayskirt (if desired)

  • In general dress for the weather, and wear clothes you don't mind getting wet

  • On colder days you are welcome to wear a paddle jacket and/or wetsuit at no charge

  • Before a boat/board leaves or docks, we must have a signed waiver from all persons who will be paddling our rentals

  • Up to two personal watercraft can launch from our docks free with a paid rental, $7 per otherwise

Kayak & Paddleboard Rental Checklist

  • Wear a lifejacket!

  • Make eye contact with other boaters/sea planes and be aware 

  • Be able to find your way back from the water (use the QR codes on equipment)

  • Please no alcohol or other drugs (we can keep 'em cold for you)

  • Our kayaks are not allowed through the Ballard Locks

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