Wateriders Kayak Tours and Rentals excitedly announces a new location on Bubbly Creek, at the Bridgeport Arts Center, opening Saturday August 14, 2021.
Founded in 1997, Wateriders operates kayak tours and rentals at the Eastbank Club in downtown Chicago and kayak rentals at 3057 North Rockwell Avenue. VenueLogic, a premium Chicago event planner, is Wateriders’ landlord and partner at both Bridgeport and Rockwell locations. The office of Alderman Patrick Daley Thompson was instrumental in forging the connections that have resulted in this first kayak dock in the Bridgeport/Pilsen neighborhoods.
A Bubbly Creek paddle offers an immersion into Chicago nature unlike almost any other part of the Chicago River. Great blue Heron and painted turtles await quiet and patient observers. Often, the mile-long creek is almost still, but after a storm it can flow strongly. The banks are almost uniformly green and the creek offers a peaceful float above what was, many decades ago, the dumping grounds of Chicago’s massive stockyards. Now, the only bubbling comes from popping champagne corks celebrating the reemergence of Chicago’s cleaner river for recreation.
Wateriders at Bubby Creek offers kayaking, paddleboarding, sculling, and even a new sport, Vin Sculling. For the first time, we are selling craft, the SeaEagle line of inflatable boats and boards. These high quality inflatables seem a natural fit for this slow flowing urban creek. Come help us celebrate by enjoying a paddle or row on this magnificent natural waterway in beautiful Bridgeport!
In Bridgeport, Wateriders hopes to fulfill both its mission of “Good Green Fun!”
As at Wateriders Northwest, the Bubbly Creek dock will offer two hour kayak rentals to explore the mile long creek and adjacent Chicago River South Branch. In addition to Wateriders’ typical plastic kayaks, Bridgeport will also offer highly comfortable, lightweight single, double (even triple) inflatable kayaks made by SeaEagle (don’t worry, we inflated them!) These SeaEagle craft offer unparalleled enjoyment for slow paced river ambling. Since our first fleet of recycled plastic Walden Paddlers in 1997, we have always looked in match kayak with the experience at hand. SeaEagle boats offer a different, and very comfortable, way to kayak!
Pricing Same as Rockwell. Hours same as Rockwell.
Electric Kayak Rentals
Wateriders can outfit a double SeaEagle420 Explorer kayak with an electric motor to augment (or eliminate) paddling or provide a two person “Kayacht” fully electric kayak experience (no paddling) . These electric craft are ideal to explore Bubbly Creek and can also be taken on the Maritime Historical Tour.
$20 premium “add on “ for electric per boat (i.e one person purchases only) for either rental or tour, 5 available electric upgrades for all tours and rentals.
Wateriders Maritime/Historical Tour
In conjunction with the adjacent Chicago Maritime Museum, Wateriders will offer a guided Creek/River paddle exploring the maritime history of Chicago. The museum provides an incredible opportunity to view the boats that, literally, made Chicago. Since 1997, Wateriders’ tours have centered around these craft (from Native American dugouts to Voyageur canoes craft to the infamous Eastland), but never before have we been able to offer the experience of seeing the boats themselves at the Maritime Museum’s exquisite exhibits.
Two Hour Tours (including Museum visit before or after tour) Fridays at 1:30 and Saturdays at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Pricing identical to downtown tours.
SeaEagle Sales and Demonstration
Wateriders also offers Sales and Demos of SeaEagle’s incredible inflatable paddleboards and kayaks, including electric motors and motormounts. www.seaeagle.com.
All SeaEagle paddleboard and kayaks collapse into airline friendly backpacks and Shipping is always Free!
Wateriders also offer sales and instruction in Maas Boats, the world’s finest open water rowing shells. Bubbly Creek offers an incredible “canvas” for a rowing experience. Maas shells are traditional “sculling” wherein the seat moves fore and aft.
Combining the SeaEagle NN14’ Paddleboard (or paddleboard of your choice), with our new paddleboard rower creates a new sort of sculling, Vin Sculling, allowing you to enjoy more of the water and exercise more of your body than simply paddleboarding.
Since 1997, Wateriders has explored human powered craft that are accessible, safe and fun. In 2021, Wateriders is proud to introduce this new type of “sculling,” on a paddleboard. Unlike a shell, in rowing a paddleboard, the seat (butt) is fixed and instead the rigger slides. It’s a slightly different kind of sculling and is often easier for beginners to learn.
But what to call it? Typically, paddleboards have a fin, unlike the skeg on a traditional sculling shell. So, it could be Fin Sculling, but if so then why not:
Calling to mind two great great American Vincent Scullys:
1. A baseball announcer par excellence, and
2. An architecture professor who was unparalleled in his fields.
And so this craft, which allows a human to go extremely quickly based upon a combination of athletic output (speed and grace) combined with perfectly designed mechanism to capture human energy to propel a paddleboard, is named for both men:
For Vin Scully, paragon of sport and Professor Vincent Scully, high mind of architectural and design instruction. It sounds crazy but what’s really nuts is how fun and easy it is.