Recreational Sports Programs

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, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Association members receive a discounted rate when they present their current, valid Husky Card or Alumni Association card.

Canoe & Rowboat Rental Hours

Month Days of Week       Times*
November-March Daily CLOSED FOR SEASON

*The WAC is still open during the off season for various UWild programs including Discount Lift Tickets, Classes, and the Gear Garage which provides various outdoor gear for rent.

Rental Rates (Per Boat)

Weekdays Weekends
UW Students $6.00/hour $8.00/hour
UW Faculty/Staff $8.00/hour $10.00/hour
UW Alumni $9.50/hour $11.50/hour
General Public $10.00/hour $12.00/hour
  • Rentals are available to students, faculty/staff, alumni 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 3 in a canoe and 4 in a rowboat.
  • Patrons must have current UW Husky Card or Alumni Association ID to receive established UW rates.
  • Payment must be made by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

*Prices include sales tax where applicable.

No Boat Rentals

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

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