Mission Statement:

We connect people with "Good Green Fun" in the urban outdoors by providing affordable, quality access to paddling on the Chicago River.

Contact information: | 312-953-9287


Wateriders is the original kayak tour and rental outfit on the Chicago River, and has hosted over 100,000 happy paddlers since our launch in 1997. Started with just 7 boats by Charlie Portis, a local commercial real estate broker and lifelong water sport enthusiast, our goal of sharing our love for our ever-improving urban waterway has become an amazing reality. We strive to provide excellent, safe guest experiences to everyone who visits our dock. Multiple paddling options are offered, including differing narrative content, launch times, distances, and prices — making Wateriders an accessible, active lifestyle choice for nearly everyone!

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Areas of Expertise:

Professional Guided Historical Kayak Tours
Private Group and Corporate Outing Experiences
Downtown Chicago Kayak Rentals
Unique, Fun Urban Adventures

Contact information: | 312-953-9287