Thank you for your interest in Milwaukee Kayak Company – celebrating 5 years paddling our rivers! We offer kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals downtown Milwaukee and are located on the Milwaukee River, with easy access to the Menomonee River heading west and the KK River going south.
We are located downtown Milwaukee near Walkers Point, in the Harbor District across the river from the Historic Third Ward. We advocate for our rivers and support local organizations that are doing great things for our city and watershed. When you paddle with us, you will be paddling on our rivers, not Lake Michigan.
All rentals include a boat (kayak, canoe or paddleboard), life jacket and paddle. We have a limited supply of dry-bags on hand to protect your personal belongings.
Life jackets must be worn when near or on the water.
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!
We have two locations – our MAIN LOCATION is open 7 days a week and our “POP-UP” location at Schlitz Park is open Saturdays & Sundays thru the end of August.
MKC MAIN location:
318 SOUTH Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204 – open 7 days/week, reservations recommended
– located in Jerry’s Docks
– located in the Harbor District, across the river from the Historic Third Ward near Walkers Point
“POP-UP” location @ Schlitz Park 1515 RiverCenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53209 – open Saturdays & Sundays only
– walk-up traffic only, no reservations
– single person kayaks available only
MKC Main Location HOURS:
Monday @ noon-7:30pm
Tuesday-Friday @ 10am-7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 9am-7:30pm
** All boats are due back by 7:30pm
“POP-UP” location @ Schlitz Park HOURS:
Saturday & Sunday @ 9am-7pm
** All boats are due back by 7pm
$35 / 0-4 hours
Our rental fleet include mostly single kayaks that fit one person. Our "pop-up" location at Schlitz Park (open Sat & Sun beginning June 17th) includes single person kayaks only. All kayakers must be age 12 or older to paddle their own kayak.
$50 / 0-4 hours
We have a few tandem kayaks in our fleet at our main location. These fit two adults OR one adult and one child.
If you're new to kayaking, please consider renting a solo kayak. Tandem kayaks take a bit of coordination and knowledge of the sport. We want you to have a good experience, so we recommend single person kayaks when available. Tandem kayaks work well for adults and children under the age of 12.
$50 / 0-4 hours
We have a few canoes in our fleet at our main location. Canoes fit two adults OR one adult and one child.
$35 / 0-4 hours
We have 4 standup paddleboards available at our main location.
Plan ahead - please provide these details when making your reservation for our main location.
Our MAIN LOCATION encourages reservations, especially on the weekends. When you call to make your reservation, please have this information ready:
1) First and last name
2) Date of reservation
3) Time of arrival
4) How many kayaks (and what kind – single kayaks, tandems, canoes, paddle boards, etc).
5) Contact phone #
Review, sign and submit a waiver, please.
All paddlers must review, sign and submit a waiver. We have waivers on-site or, to save time, you can download and sign our waiver. Minors must have a parent or guardian fill out and sign.
When you make your reservation, we will block off 4 hours for you. 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!