Age Limits

In general, we think paddling is a great activity for parents and kids.  However, we do have some restrictions:

  • Children must be at least 3 years old to go out in one of our boats.
  • Children younger than 16 must be accompanied on the water by an adult.
    • At the Lagoons launch, this restriction can be met if a parent is present on shore and the kids paddle only in the portion of the pond visible from the launch.
    • At the Chicago launch there is not enough area visible to make this worthwhile, so kids must be accompanied.
  • Those 16 or 17 years old can paddle on their own if they present a signed parental waiver (available at the Waivers link at left).
    • Please include a phone number, because we will call to verify that it was signed by an adult.
  • We have not set firm age limits for participation in our various guided trips, but we think some parental discretion is advised - you'll know better than us whether your child is ready to sit in a kayak for 3 hours, for instance.   Call us to talk it over if you're uncertain.