About Us

Milwaukee Kayak Company (MKC) was founded in 2013 after many years of adventures 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 more. We are proud to have a really great staff ** #teamMKC ** including some who have been here since we first opened. Our mix of interests and backgrounds makes for a really fun, nice, comfortable and safe environment.

We are community driven and are 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 we are forever grateful.

Along with daily kayak, canoe and paddlebaord 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 guided tours are slower-moving as we paddle as a group and may stop and chat at different points along the way. Most of all, they’re fun and you’ll learn a lot.

We offer reservations online, by phone or text for our rentals and guided tours. You can also purchase gift certificates and merchandise online. Simply click the Book Now button (bottom right corner) to reserve. Please call or text us with any questions or comments anytime.

Our main location in Jerry's Docks/Harbor Yards is open 7/days a week. We've been at our main location since we opened in 2013 and are celebrating 12 years this summer! Our additional weekend location at Schlitz Park is located on the Riverwalk and is open Saturdays and Sundays and weekdays by appointment. Our Twisted Fisherman location is located on the Menomonee River and is open Saturdays and Sundays and Wednesday evenings for Funk Club Milwaukee River Roundup.

If you're looking for a private tour, give us a call or send us an email anytime. We look forward to hearing from you!

We have a lot going on all the time and are excited to share our rivers with you! If you have any questions or comments, please send us an email at info@milwaukeekayak.com. Or, give us a call/text anytime (414) 301-2240.

Thanks again and see you on our rivers and at MKC soon!
- Beth @ #teamMKC

Beth Handle, Owner & Founder