By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 25, 2020 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 and, best of all, you’ll only have to social distance from the fish.

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

Boat MKE

(414) 563-7025
Rent a "donut boat," retro boat, classic cruiser or a yacht from Boat MKE. Prices vary based on type of boat, day of rental and duration of water time.

Brew City Kayak

(414) 939-5443

Brew City offers kayak 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) 988-3299

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 grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.