Canoe & Rowboat Rentals


The Waterfront Activities Center is located directly behind Husky Stadium, on Union Bay and across the bay from the Washington Arboretum. We rent canoes and rowboats to the general public, seven days a week. UW Students and UW Faculty/Staff receive a discounted rate when they present their current, valid Husky Card.

Canoe & Rowboat Rental Hours  (*All boats due back by 8pm)

Month Days of Week       Times
May-August M-F       10:00a-7:00p
May-August Sa/Su/Hol        9:00a-7:00p

Note: Specific rental times can vary throughout the year depending on daylight. Please call us at (206) 543-9433 for current rental hours.

Rental Rates (Per Boat)*

UW Students $8.00/hour
UW Faculty/Staff $10.00/hour
General Public $12.00/hour
  • Rentals are available to students, faculty/staff, and the general public.
  • Rentals are always first come, first serve; No reservations.
  • Must be 18 years of age and older with valid ID to rent a canoe or rowboat.
  • Children must weigh at least 25 pounds and be able to walk on their own.
  • Boat restrictions: maximum 2 in a canoe (3 when third occupant is 90 lbs or less) and 4 in a rowboat.
  • Patrons must have current UW Husky Card to receive established UW rates.  Only one ID may be used per boat.
  • Payment must be made by check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

*Prices do not include sales tax.

No Boat Rentals

  • Opening Day of Boating Season: May 6, 2017
  • UW Rowing Regattas
  • Home Football Games
  • Off-Season: November 1-March 31