Reservations and Rental Info

Hello, thank you for finding us online! We are celebrating our 7th season and look forward to seeing you at MKC. Our Main Location at 318 SOUTH Water Street will be opening for the season on Friday, May 24th of Memorial Day weekend. Reservations are recommended, especially if you’re looking to rent on the weekends. Our Schlitz Park Weekend Location will be opening for the season on Friday, June 14th.

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

318 SOUTH Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
* located in a boatyard called Jerry’s Docks

MKC – Schlitz Park Location

Thurs 10-2pm, Fri-Sun 10am-7pm Only

1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
* located in the Schlitz Park parking lot between the Cherry and Pleasant Street bridge
* opening for the season Friday, June 14th

Our Main Location is open 7 days a week offering 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. We have mostly recreational kayaks, made for slow moving rivers and inland lakes. You will be paddling on our rivers, not Lake Michigan.

Our Schlitz Park Weekend Location is open on the weekends only plus Thursdays from 10-2pm. Schlitz Park will open Friday, June 14th. This location rents single-person recreational kayaks and is for walk-up traffic only (no reservations except for Thursdays – reservations available online). We may have tandem kayaks available here too but they’re not guaranteed.

Milwaukee Kayak Company offers daily rentals and weekly guided paddles (guided paddles launch from our main location). Our rental fleet includes mostly single kayaks and we have a nice selection of tandem kayaks (2 person kayaks), canoes and standup paddleboards. 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 but please remember that we are not responsible for lost or stolen merchandise. Life jackets must be worn when near or on the water.

Main Location:
We recommend making reservations at our main location to ensure boat availability, especially on the weekends.

Schlitz Park Weekend Location:
Our Schlitz Park weekend location is first-come, first-served and accepts walk-up reservations only (Thursdays you can make reservations online). Our Schlitz Park location will open for the season on Friday, June 14th and is open Thursdays 10-2pm + Friday-Sunday 10-7pm.

If you have any questions, please give us a call or send an email anytime:
(414) 301-2240

Thanks and hope to see you on the river soon!

Daily Reservations

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:
1) Name
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.

Refundable down-payment:
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.

Non-Refundable down-payment:
If you do not show up for your reservation or cancel day of, you will not receive your down-payment back.

Any questions? Please give us a call at (414) 301-2240

Guided Paddles

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:

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