By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 25, 2021 at 1:01 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

Wanna get out on the water for an hour, an afternoon or an entire day? Whether you are an experienced boater or a total newbie there’s a float-astic experience out there for you.

Here are some boat and kayak rental places in Milwaukee. Some businesses have COVID-19 rules in place, so call or visit the websites to get the latest, safest info.

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Boat MKE
(414) 563-7025
Rent a 4-person retro boat, 10-person "donut boat" and pontoon. Prices vary based on type of boat, day of rental and duration of water time.

Brew City Kayak
(414) 939-5443

Brew City offers single or tandem kayaks and SUP rentals for 4 hours or for a full day.


CWO Kayak Rental
(414) 217-8202

Located at the Milwaukee Public Market, CWO offers kayak and paddleboard rental.

Kanola Tiki Lounge Boat
(414) 909-2628 

This floating tiki lounge accommodates 12 people, including one person in your group who is the designated (sober) driver. (Or for no additional cost, Kanola Tiki will provide a driver.) Must be 21 years old to participate.

Milwaukee Duffy Boat Rentals
(414) 240-8428

Milwaukee Duffy Boats rents out vessels to cruise the Milwaukee River for up to 12 people in 90-minute increments.

Milwaukee Kayak Company
(414) 301-2240

Rent a kayak, tandem kayak, canoe or paddle board for four hours seven days a week.

Milwaukee Paddle Tavern
(414) 241-4394 

Paddle your way around the river with up to 13 other people on a unique "paddle tavern."

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals
(414) 283-9999

Riverwalk rents pontoon boats either by the hour during the week or in increments of four or eight hours on the weekends.

(262) 994-1416 

SailTime offers memberships for the more-serious sailor who wants to access the lake 3-7 times per month, but without the cost and responsibility of owning a sailboat. SailTime has locations in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha.

Urban Ecology Centers
There are three Urban Ecology Centers in Milwaukee. Canoe and kayak rental is available for free for members.

Wheel Fun Rentals
(414) 232-5027

Rent a swan boat by the hour. Large swans fit up to 5 people. Ideal for families with younger kids.

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.