Milwaukee Kayak Rental: The Best Companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Published March 12, 2022

The lakes and rivers of Milwaukee have long been a magnet for kayaking enthusiasts keen to explore the city’s enticing waterways.

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From Lake Michigan to the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers, the Wisconsin city of Milwaukee and its surroundings are blessed with some truly magical stretches of water. One of the most popular ways to discover them is aboard a kayak. If you’re visiting Milwaukee and like the idea of navigating the city’s aquatic landscape with oars in hand, we’ve picked out three of the best kayak rental companies in the area.

Milwaukee Kayak Tours

Milwaukee Kayak Tours are a renowned local company that offer a wide variety of daily kayak tours and rentals on the area’s calm, flat waters. No matter your age or abilities, you’ll receive personal attention from skilled instructors to ensure you have the best kayaking experience possible, with equipment available to suit everyone. All rentals include a life jacket. Pricing starts at $40 for a half-day rental of a single kayak, rising to $110 for a full-day Tandem Kayak rental.

Book via Fareharbor.com

Brew City Kayak

Adventure seekers are invited to discover Milwaukee’s waterways with a paddle in your hands courtesy of Brew City Kayak. They offer stand-up paddleboard and kayak rentals for people who want to explore the river at their own pace. Their kayaks are sit-on-top style which are safer, easier to get in and out of, and perfect for holding a cooler. You can rent a Single Kayak for up to 4 hours for $40, or a Tandem Kayak for up to 4 hours for only $70! There are also full-day rentals available. Life vests and instruction are provided.

Book via Fareharbor.com

Southern Ozaukee Milwaukee River Paddle by Adventure Milwaukee 

If you fancy an organised kayak tour, this aquatic adventure spans over 4 miles of the scenic Milwaukee River. After meeting at Estabrook Beer Garden, you’ll be transported by luxury van to the village of Thiensville on the west bank of a bend in the river, where you’ll start your tour. The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of downtown, for the next 3-plus hours you’ll see nature at its finest with ducks, geese, deer, birds of all sizes, fish, and amazing residential river architecture. The tour costs $59 per person.

Go to Adventuremilwaukee.com