Tips for a successful day on the river with MKC

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Howdy paddler! We receive lots of questions about what people should bring when they rent kayaks from us. Our suggestions are to keep it simple and keep it smart. Breathable clothing, simple footwear and bottled water are great starters.

Here’s some more tips to help make sure your paddling adventure is a great one:

What to wear:
We recommend wearing breathable and lite clothing – preferable quick dry clothing. Jeans are not recommended because if they get wet, they will not dry easily or quickly, which will get uncomfortable. Consider bringing a rain jacket or windbreaker to keep you warm, dry and protected. You can always store your jacket in your kayak.

Wear flips, sandals or a shoe with a thin sole. All of our kayaks have foot braces, so the simpler the shoe, the easier it is to feel the foot braces and fit in the kayak comfortably. You can always store your shoes in your kayak.

What to bring:
Water bottle, camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, snacks, money, wind proof jacket (general protection from sun, wind and rain), We have water and sunscreen if you forget yours.

What to expect:
We are located on the Milwaukee River in an active boat yard, filled with many different kinds of boats and people interested in boating and sailing. MKC is kinda like camping but paddling instead. We provide a unique, relaxed, safe and comfortable atmosphere filled with love for our community, kayaking, our rivers and great city.

When you arrive at MKC, we will outfit you with the proper kayak, paddle and life jacket. We’ll provide instruction on proper paddling techniques, review the rules of the river and river map. We have a limited supply of dry bags to keep your gear protected (you can borrow – no charge). We will give you ties in case you want to dock somewhere and get a snack and we’ll teach you how to get in and out of a kayak from a dock if you’d like. We will be sure you’re comfortable on land before you head out on the river. All kayaks launch and return to our dock.

Please visit our FAQ’s page for more frequently asked questions and email us anytime at

Thanks for thinking of MKC. See you on the river and Paddle On… Milwaukee!

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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.