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Canoe & Rowboat Rentals


The Waterfront Activities Center is located directly behind Husky Stadium, on Union Bay and across the bay from the Washington Arboretum. During rental season, we rent canoes and rowboats to the UW Community and the public, seven days a week. We are also pet-friendly; dogs are allowed in our boats (no life jackets provided).  UW Students and UW Faculty/Staff receive a discounted rate when they present their valid Husky Card.

Boat Rental Hours  (*All boats due back by 6:00pm in Oct)

Month Days of Week       Times
October Daily       10:00a-5:00p
Nov-Mar Closed for season       Closed for season

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 basis; No reservations.
  • We do not offer a walk-up group discount. Schools and organizational groups must schedule an outing no less than 14 days in advance.
  • 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.
  • Life jackets and paddles are supplied with every rental.  Life jackets must be buckled and worn at all times.
  • Boat restrictions: maximum 4 in a rowboat and 2 in a canoe (3 people allowed when the third occupant is 90 lbs or less).
  • 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 (September 9 & 16, October 7 & 28)
  • Off-Season: November 1-March 31