About Us

Hello from Milwaukee Kayak Company! Thanks for finding us online – we hope to see you on the river at MKC soon.

Milwaukee Kayak Company (MKC) was founded in 2013 after many years of adventures and exploration on our rivers. Our mission is to provide a healthy, fun, safe and unique outdoor paddling experience for residents of Milwaukee, our surrounding communities and tourists – while promoting our city, a healthy lifestyle and recreation on our rivers.

MKC is owned and operated by Beth Handle, who grew up on the north side of Milwaukee. Beth is active in our community and is on the Board of Directors for Milwaukee Riverkeeper and Milwaukee Riverwalk. We support organizations doing good things for our city and rivers including Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Menomonee Valley Partners, Milwaukee County Historical Society, Harbor District Inc., River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee Water Commons, Victory Garden, Urban Ecology Center, Wisconsin Hero Outdoors and others.

We have a great staff and many are veterans of MKC, which makes for a nice, comfortable and safe environment.

We are community driven and I’m very thankful to the many people who’ve paddled with us and for the partnerships we’ve created to make MKC what it is today. You keep us in business and I’m forever grateful. To those of you who bring friends (and groups of friends!) and who paddle with us season after season – you’re awesome and we love you.

Along with daily rentals, we also offer weekly guided tours. Most of our guided tours are educational based because we want to learn about the health and vitality of our watershed and do everything we can to maintain and improve our eco-system, recreation on our rivers and the development that happens throughout. Sharing this knowledge is powerful and together, we can make a difference.

Our educational tours include trips with Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Menomonee Valley Partners, Harbor District Inc., and the Milwaukee County Historical Society. These trips are slower-moving as we stop and chat at different points along the way. They’re a lot of fun and you’ll learn a lot. Our Social Paddles and Moonlight Paddles are very fun, safe and casual as we paddle through the city together. Our social paddles may have a quick rest stop and we do not stop during our Moonlight Paddles. Staff from MKC will paddle with the group on all of our guided tours. Pre-registration is required for all guided tours. (Daily rentals – please call to ensure availability).

Thanks again for finding us online. We hope to see you at MKC and are happy to chat anytime by phone or email:
(414) 301-2240

Take care and see you on the river soon!


– Beth & #teamMKC

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For Reservations or Rental Availability
Call: (414) 301-2240