By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 20, 2024 at 2:01 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

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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. 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 kayaks tours and rentals for up to four hours a day.


ClearWater Outdoor (CWO) Kayak Rental
(414) 217-8202

Located next to 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 rent out electric vessels to cruise the Milwaukee River for up to 12 people in 90-minute increments. Must be at least 25 to rent one.

Milwaukee Kayak Company
(414) 301-2240

Rent a kayak, tandem kayak, canoe or paddle board or attend a guided tour, class or other event.

Partner Pick

Book a ride on the Milwaukee Paddle Tavern Grab some drinks, some snacks and up to 26 of your closest friends to experience the city’s sights from the Milwaukee River in a fun new way. Pedal your way down the Milwaukee River in one of our unique, covered Paddle Boats. And when you’ve had enough, kick back, relax and let our Captain and First Mate bring you the rest of the way home. Book your experience

Riverwalk Boat Tours & Rentals
(414) 283-9999

Offers public sunset cruises, riverside pub tours, private charters and self-captained pontoon boat rentals in Milwauke

(262) 994-1416 

SailTime offers memberships for the more-serious sailor. 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.