Hello, thank you for finding us online! We are celebrating our 7th season on our rivers this season and look forward to seeing you at MKC. We will be opening for the season on Friday, May 24th of Memorial Day weekend.
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 weekend location
(Thursday lunch + Friday-Sunday only):
1555 N. RiverCenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
* located in the Schlitz Park parking lot between the Cherry and Pleasant Street bridge
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 (not Lake Michigan).
We offer daily rentals and weekly guided paddles. Our rental fleet consists of mostly single kayaks along with tandem kayaks (2 person kayak), canoes and standup paddleboards.
All daily rentals and guided paddles include a boat (kayak, canoe or paddleboard), life jacket and paddle. We have a limited supply of dry-bags on hand that you can borrow to protect your personal belongings. Life jackets must be worn when near or on the water.
*Please note that our main location accepts reservations.
*Our Schlitz Park weekend location is first-come, first-served and accepts walk-up reservations only.
• Our Schlitz Park location is open Thursday 10am-2pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm. Schlitz Park will open mid-June thru the last weekend of August.
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.
Any 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
$35 / 0-4 hours
Our rental fleet includes mostly single kayaks that fit one person. All kayakers must be age 12 or older to paddle their own kayak. All rentals include kayak, life jacket and paddle.
$65 / 0-4 hours
We have a selection of tandem kayaks in our fleet at our main location. These fit two adults OR one adult and one child. All rentals include boat, life jacket and paddle.
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 parent/guardian and a child under the age of 12 (when accompanied with an adult). All rentals include kayak, life jacket and paddle.
We may provide a family discount if the tandem kayak fits an adult and child under the age of 12. This will be decided upon arrival.
$65 / 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. It may fit two adults and one child - please call to chat. All canoe rentals include canoe, life jacket and paddle.
$35 / 0-4 hours
We have a selection of standup paddleboards available at our main location. All rentals include paddleboard, life jacket and paddle.
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!