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Canoe & Kayak Rental

Make your own trip for a quick hour's getaway or an afternoon. We'll provide everything you need, including enough paddling instruction to get you going if you're a beginner.

Come out and explore a natural stretch of the Chicago River, a winding stream where herons stalk the shallows for fish and turtles bask on logs, right on the city's north side. 

At the Lagoons launch and the Busse Lake launch you paddle through lovely wooded ponds connected by narrow paddling channels.

Guided Paddling

We offer guided trips for all interests and abilities, including

  • Sunset Nature trips at Chicago, Busse and the Lagoons,
  • dinner trips at Chicago and the Lagoons,
  • and trips to see the Sandhill Crane migration in the late Fall.

To get a workout while making some paddling friends, join our Cardio Kayak groups on weekday evenings in Chicago.  

Some Important Guidelines:

We do not allow alcohol in our boats.

Children must be at least 3 years old to go in a canoe or kayak.  All children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult.  17 and 18 year olds can paddle unaccompanied if a parent signs a parental waiver.