Reservations and Rental Info
Hello, thank you so much for a fun and safe 2019 season! We are officially closed for the season and look forward to seeing you in Spring 2020. We will open Memorial Day weekend (or sooner) depending on river and weather conditions and will be open everyday through Labor Day. After Labor Day, we will update our hours/days of operation and will be open through mid-October. Our Main Location at 318 SOUTH Water Street offers kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals. Reservations are recommended, especially if you’re looking to rent on the weekends. Walk-up traffic is welcome too!
Our Schlitz Park weekend location is closed for the season and will re-open again in Summer 2020, see you then!
Please know that when you paddle with us, you will be paddling on our rivers, not Lake Michigan. You will launch from our dock and return to our dock, which is located on the Milwaukee River in the Harbor District across from the Historic Third Ward. If you have any questions, please give us a call or email anytime.
MKC – Main Location
Open 7-days/week Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day (open earlier if weather and river conditions permit)
After Labor Day, we’re open weekends only plus Monday-Thursday by reservation
Milwaukee Kayak Company
318 SOUTH Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
* located in a boatyard called Jerry’s Docks
MKC – Schlitz Park weekend location
Thanks for a fun and safe season. See you next summer!
Milwaukee Kayak Company at Schlitz Park
1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
* located in the Schlitz Park parking lot between the Cherry and Pleasant Street bridge
* walk-up traffic and day-of in-person reservations available
In season (Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day), our Main Location is open 7 days a week and offers kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals downtown Milwaukee on the Milwaukee River with easy access to the Menomonee River and Milwaukee Harbor/KK River. When you paddle with us, you will be launching from our dock on the Milwaukee River and paddling on our rivers in an urban setting (not Lake Michigan). Our main location rental fleet includes mostly single kayaks and we have a nice selection of tandem kayaks (2 person kayaks), canoes and standup paddleboards. We recommend making reservations at our main location to ensure boat availability, especially on the weekends. Walk-ups are welcome too. ***After Labor Day, our main location is open on the weekends (and during the week by reservation only) through mid-October depending on river and weather conditions.
Our Schlitz Park weekend location is open on the weekends in the summer. This location is located upriver from our main location (about a 30 minute paddle one-way). Walk-ups and day-of reservation are welcome at our Schlitz Park location.
All rentals include a boat, life jacket and paddle. We have a limited supply of dry bags that you can borrow to protect your belongings. Please remember that we are not responsible for wet, lost or stolen merchandise and life jackets must be worn when near or on the water.
If you have any questions, please give us a call or send an email anytime:
Thanks and hope to see you on the river soon!
We recommend making reservations to ensure boat availability and to help us plan for your arrival. To make a reservation, please give us a call at (414) 301-2240. Walk-ups are welcome too.
Daily rentals are for up to 4 hours. You can return your boats whenever you’d like during those 4 hours – some paddlers stay out for an hour, some stay out for 4 hours – it’s all up to you. If you think you’d like your rentals longer than 4 hours, please let us know and we can talk about options.
When you call in your reservation, we will ask you for this information:
2) Phone Number
3) Date of Reservation
4) Time of Arrival
5) Kayak Count
6) Type of boat (single person kayak, tandem kayak, canoe, paddleboard)
If you have a weekend reservation, we will confirm your reservation by text or phone call the Thursday or Friday before the weekend begins. We may text or phone you to confirm a weekday reservation as well.
Payment is due upon arrival. We do require a down-payment with a party of 8 or more people. See below.
We require a down-payment with a party of 8 or more people at the time of reservation. This is how it works:
• $10 down-payment / each single kayak or paddleboard
• $15 down-payment / each tandem kayak or canoe
Upon arrival, we will deduct the $10 and/or $15 from each of the the boats you reserved. For example, if you reserved 8 single kayaks, we will require $80 down at time of reservation. Rentals are $35 each and so when you arrive and pay for your 8 kayaks, we will only charge you $25 each kayak VS $35. Likewise, tandem kayaks and canoes are $65 each so we will only charge you $50 at time of arrival.
If you cancel your reservation at least 24 hours before your scheduled arrival time, you will receive a full-refund of your down-payment.
If we are closed due to weather (or a different issue), and cannot send you out on our rivers at your scheduled date/time, you will receive a full-refund of your down-payment.
If you do not show up for your reservation or cancel day of, you will not receive your down-payment back.
Questions? Please give us a call at (414) 301-2240
We also offer weekly guided paddles. These are organized paddles where we provide guides and safety boaters to keep our group safe and together. These paddles are great for anyone looking to gain knowledge about our city and rivers. Come alone or bring friends.
All guided paddles are listed on our tickets page and you must pre-register for these paddles.
If you have any questions, please give us a call (414) 301-2240 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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