Thank you for finding us! We, Milwaukee Kayak Company (MKC), is celebrating 6 years this season, offering paddlesport rentals on the Milwaukee River.
We are currently open for the season and after Labor Day, we enter our “late season days/hours.” We offer 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 (not Lake Michigan).
Paddlesport Rentals & Guided Tours:
In season, we offer daily rentals and weekly guided tours. You must pre-register for our guided tours and can find the schedule on the “News & Events” page of our website. Keep in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.
All daily rentals and tour rentals 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.
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!
Locations (Schlitz Park is closed for the season): * MKC Main Location: Our main location is located in the Harbor District near Walkers Point. We are across the River from the Third Ward and across the street from Next Act Theater. We are a block from the Stone Creek/88.9 Radio Milwaukee studio.
*Schlitz Park Pop-Up: Schlitz Park is closed for the season.
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.
Reservations (main location only):
We recommend making reservations for daily rentals to ensure boat availability (especially on the weekends). Please call us at (414) 301-2240. Making reservations helps us plan and ensure boat availability. When you call to make your reservation, please provide us with this information:
2) Phone number
3) Date of rental
4) Time of arrival
5) How many kayaks (or canoes, paddleboards)
Rentals are for up to 4 hours. You can return your boats whenever you’d like during those 4 hours. Some people stay out for an hour, some stay out for 4 hours – it’s all up to you! If you think you’d like your boats for more than 4 hours, let’s chat when you call to make your reservation.
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
$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!