Paddle the Chicago River at your own pace and choose your path through the steel and concrete canyons of this beautiful city!
Launching from our dock under the Kinzie St. bridge, Wateriders is wonderfully close to the heart of downtown Chicago and just a few minutes paddling from the main attractions. We are proud to offer the best urban kayaking experience in the city, at the best rates. Single and double (tandem) kayaks are available.
Don’t waste time and energy paddling from far away to where the highlights are! We are right in the middle of the action. Close to the most scenic areas. Close to the El. Close to the Metra. Renting a kayak with us is the easiest way to experience the beautiful Chicago River.
We provide everyone a lesson before you get in the boat on how to correctly paddle, as well as a quick tutorial on how to stay safe on the Chicago River. Then we set you up comfortably in your boat for your ride! All the hard work is taken care of for you by our guides.
Reserve a time or feel free to drop in (call ahead for availability). However, we strongly suggest reservations – especially on weekends – to ensure you will get out on the water at the time you want.
WhenSchedule and Current Availability
Monday - Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday - Sunday 9am - 5pm
Price (first hour)Weekdays - $50/two hours per person
Weekends - $60/two hours per person
DurationMinimum 2 hour rental. All rentals are pro-rated $5 per 15 minutes per person after the first 2 hours
ReservationsTimeslots available every half hour
Reservations take priority over walk-ups
Note: Reservations are for seats, not for a single or double kayak. We do our best to allow you a choice of single(s) vs. double(s), but there are times this is not possible.
Walk-UpsIt is a good idea to call ahead for availability!
Due to COVID-19, pre-booking is the preferred way to reserve a spot. Walk-ups are subject to availability with social distancing measures of a restricted number of people per half hour (10 or less).
Group SizeThere is a maximum of 6 total boats per group without a guide.
If you have a larger group, check out our Group Paddles page!
KayaksSingle and double kayaks available
Weight LimitsSingle kayak - 275 lbs (approx.); Double kayak - 450 lbs (approx.)
WayneHFranklin: We are definitely going to be doing this again, especially when we have people visiting Chicago. Great job guys...
Gina M.: This was a great trip. The staff was super friendly. The location was great, it was close to all the sights downtown. A 2 hour trip from their location allowed us to spend time seeing all the right sights on the river. Thank you guys!
Andrea B.: Location: Easy to find, clean and a variety of kayaks to choose from. Staff: SUPER nice, friendly and very knowledgeable. Price: Prices are the same or very similar all around. Puppies allowed - The staff greeted my pup w love and treats! Pup and I had a blast. Thank you guys! We will be back. (My pup loved it)