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 offer the best urban kayaking experience in the city, at the best rates.
Don’t waste time and energy paddling from far away to where the action is! Renting a kayak with us is the easiest way to experience the beautiful Chicago River.
We provide a lesson before you go on how to correctly paddle as well as how to stay safe on the river. Then we get you set up comfortably in your boat for your ride!
Reserve a time or feel free to drop in (call ahead for availability). We strongly suggest reservations to ensure you will get out on the water at the time you want.
WhenWeekend rentals are open!
Weekday rentals are soon to follow on May 22nd!
Once we open, the hours will be:
Monday - Friday, 12 PM to 6 PM (last boat out at 5 PM)
Saturday - Sunday, 9 AM to 6 PM (last boat out at 5 PM)
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ReservationsAvailable every half hour
Reservations take priority over walk-ups
Walk-UpsCall ahead for availability
DurationMinimum 1 hour rental. Pro-rated $5 per 15 minutes per person after the first hour
Price$20 per person per hour
Group SizeMaximum of 6 boats per group without a guide
BoatsSingle and double kayaks available
Weight LimitsSingle kayak - 275 lbs (approx); Double kayak - 435 lbs (approx)
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