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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