Rental Rates | Yearly Local Rental Pass

Kayak and SUP rentals

  • Lake Union Safety Tips

  • Group Rental Info

    Paddlers under 18 must be with a parent or legal guardian, and anyone under 16 must be in a boat or on a board with a parent or legal guardian

    Last rental on the water 90 minutes before closing
    If it is very windy or cold, we will not be renting. Give us a call before you come down on those iffy days.

    Call for a reservation. Walkup rentals may be available, but secure your spot by making a reservation.

    Masks are not required for anyone entering our store, but we will be wearing them. Wear a mask out of respect for those around you..
    We are taking reservations on the hour or half hour. Unless you actually talk to us, no reservations are confirmed.
    We are looking forward to seeing you, but if you have any symptoms of illness we ask that you stay home.
    OUR RETAIL STORE IS OPEN, you can now shop in our store.
    Buy a Yearly Rental Pass good for a year from the date of purchase, a discounted Gift Certificate, or that gear you have been meaning to get but didn't have time to buy :-)

    Sea Kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards
    Single Kayak$23 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
    SUPs$23 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
    Double Kayaks $30 per hour, prorated after 1st hour
    Triple Kayaks $40 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 area good idea July & August, or very warm days.
  • 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 $50/Day $75/Weekend $40/Additional days
    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!

    NOW INCLUDES SUPs! Here is an opportunity for frequent kayak & Standup Paddle Board (SUP) paddlers to reduce rental costs and get regular exercise without having to transport a boat or board! Yearly pass holders pay an up-front fee and paddle a kayak or board on Lake Union/Lake Washington (no overnight use or cartopping to other destinations) for a maximum of 4 hours per day for kayaks, up to 2 hours per day for SUPs during our regular hours of operation. The pass is valid for a one, two or three person kayak, or one SUP, and can be used as often as you'd like within these parameters: No weekends or holidays July and August for kayaks, but SUPS are available before 11am on weekends for a max of 2 hours, no Holidays.

    We reserve the right to not rent due to weather conditions (wind, cold, etc.)

    Passes are available at NWOC for $299.00 plus tax, good for up to 4 hours/day/kayak, 2 hours/day/SUP, valid for 1 year from date of purchase

    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.

  • 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.

  • Lake Union Safety Tips

    Last rentals leave 90 minutes before closing everyday
    Last reservations 2 hours before closing

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