Curious about where to rent kayaks in Seattle? There are several local offerings ranging from just kayaks to canoes, SUPs, and more. Whether you want to hit Lake Union, Lake Washington, or Puget Sound, here’s where you can rent kayaks in Seattle.

Agua Verde Paddle Club

Agua Verde happens to be a popular waterfront restaurant and they also offer kayak rentals so you can have your cake err taco and eat it too. You can rent kayaks and paddle boards by the hour making it a great spot to eat and relax on the water.

Hours: Monday- Friday 10 AM-8 PM: Last boat at 6:30 PM, Saturday 9 AM-8 PM: Last boat at 6:30 PM, Sunday 9 AM-7 PM: Last boat at 5:30 pm
Where: 1307 NE Boat St
Cost: Single Kayak $24/hour, Double Kayak $32/hour, Paddle Board: $27/hour

Alki Kayak Tours

At Alki Kayak Tours you can paddle or cruise by Alki Beach, and explore the Duwamish River Head and Jack Block Park. You can rent by the hour or also take tours and classes. Keep in mind, rentals are by reservation only.

Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 10 AM-5 PM
Where: 1660 Harbor Avenue Southwest
Cost: Single Sit On Top $25/hour, Double Sit On Top $40/hour, Single Sea Kayak $40/hour, Double Sea Kayak $50/hour, SUPs $25/hour

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Northwest Outdoor Center

You can rent multiple different kinds of kayaks as well as SUPs from Northwest Outdoor Center. They also have dry suits and wetsuits for rent if you would prefer to not get wet or as wet.

Hours: Monday-Friday 12 PM-8 PM: Last Reservation 6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 10 PM-6 PM: Last Reservation 4 PM
Where: 2100 Westlake Ave N Ste 1
Cost: Single Kayak $23/hour, SUPs $23/hour, Double Kayaks $30/hour, Triple Kayaks $40/hour

Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard

Have you ever wanted to explore the Ballard Locks on the water? Rent from Ballard Kayak & Paddleboard and you can do just that as well as check out Puget Sound. Who knows what you’ll see out there! Keep in mind you do need to make a reservation in advance here.

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM- 6:15 PM
Where: 7901 Seaview Ave NW
Cost: Single Kayak $22/Hour, Double Kayak $32/Hour, SUPS $22/Hour

University of Washington

The UW has public kayak and canoe rentals by the hour that you can enjoy. It is probably the most affordable place to rent kayaks in Seattle. Its location also means that you are in a prime spot to experience places like Fosters Island on the water and to relax on Lake Washington without owning a boat.

Hours: June-July: Wednesday–Friday 10 AM–8 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM-8 PM, August: Wednesday-Friday 10 AM-7 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM-7 PM, September: Wednesday-Friday 10 AM-6 PM, Saturday & Sunday 9 AM-6 PM
Where: 3710 Montlake Blvd NE
Cost: Canoe $16/hour, Single Kayak $19/hour, Double kayak $23/hour

If you are renting on Lake Washington you’ll want to keep the following in mind. According to the University of Washington, the inner water trails of the Washington Arboretum are currently somewhat limited due to the ongoing 520 bridge construction. However, “Union Bay Natural Area, the shoreline of the Washington Arboretum, and Beaver Lodge Sanctuary are navigable.”

Most rentals are weather-dependent and all are seasonal with most rentals ending in September. Be sure to wear your life jacket on the water, pay attention to boat and seaplane traffic around you, and most importantly, have fun!