We are accepting all walk-ups for boat rentals and are not requiring reservations.  Masks recommended, but only required indoors.

* We are still requiring that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear masks at all times while on-site (grounds, dock, building, etc.)

We will be closed for home Husky football games September 4, 18, 25, and October 16.

Rental Hours

Month Days Times
May Thursday – Sunday

*We are open 10am-7pm on Mon 5/31

2pm – 7pm (Th/Fr) and 10am – 7 pm (Sat/Sun)
June Thursday – Sunday 2pm – 7pm (Th/Fr) and 10am – 7pm (Sat/Sun)

All boats are due back by 8pm

July – August Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 7pm (W/Th/Fr) and 10am – 7pm (Sat/Sun)

All boats are due back by 8pm

September Thursday – Sunday

*Our last rental of the season is 9/26

1pm – 6pm (Th/Fr) and 10am – 6pm (Sat/Sun)

All boats are due back by 7pm

October Closed Closed
November-March Closed Closed

There is NO PUBLIC LAUNCH for personal watercraft at the UW Waterfront.  Fritz Hedges Waterway Park, East Montlake Park, the Washington Park Arboretum, and the Montlake Community Center are the closest options to launch your own canoe, kayak, or paddleboard.

Access to the Arboretum will be somewhat limited, as WSDOT has closed portions of the waterways due to ongoing 520 bridge construction.

Rental Rates Per Boat

Boat type Rate
Canoe $14/hour
Single Kayak $16/hour
Double kayak $20/hour

UW Seattle Students receive a 25% discount (valid Husky Card required, one discount per boat, discount not transferrable to others)

UW Employees receive a 15% (valid Husky Card required, one discount per boat, discount not transferrable to others)


We are returning to a more first come, first served system starting in July.  We will be accepting all walk-ups as boat availability allows.

There is no need for reservations on any day/time, as we will only operate on a walk-up system.  *Reservations confirmed for 7/11, 7/17, and 7/18 are still good.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are now accepting walk-ups without reservations.

What to Expect When Renting

  • Rentals are first come, first served only.  Walk-ups now accommodated on all days of operation, as boat availability allows.
  • Masks/face coverings are still required for all unvaccinated individuals and must be worn on-site (grounds, dock, building, etc).
  • Continuing to observe proper social distancing while at the Waterfront is greatly appreciated.
  • Restrooms are for patrons only. 
  • All boats, PFDs, and paddles will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • High-touch points in and around our facility will also be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
  • PFDs and paddles are supplied with every rental, but we encourage patrons to bring their own Type I, II, or III PFD.
  • PFDs must be worn and buckled at all times while in our rental boats.
  • Boaters and personal items taken aboard will get wet; please plan accordingly.  We have a limited number of dry bags available for rent.
  • Occupancy requirements for each boat type is as follows:
Boat Type Occupancy Requirements
Canoe 1-4 people allowed (3 or 4 only when the 3rd and 4th occupants are children under the age of 12 and weigh under 90 lbs.)
Double Kayak 2 people only.  (We do not rent out our double kayaks for solo paddling.)
Single Kayak 1 person only.  (Adult paddler 18+ years of age.)
All Boats Adult 18+ years of age with a valid photo ID required in every boat.  (Minors not permitted to be a solo paddler in any boat.)


Rental Details

Rental Eligibility

  • Boat rentals are available to the greater UW Community and the Public.
  • Our single kayaks are only available to adults 18+ years of age.
  • Our double kayaks are double occupancy only.
  • Our canoes seat two, but can be operated by a solo paddler.  We allow a third and fourth paddler in our canoes only when they are under the age of 12 and weigh under 90 lbs.
  • Must be at least 18+ years of age with valid photo ID to rent a boat.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Each boat must have at least one occupant that is at least 18+ years of age with valid photo ID.
  • Children must weigh at least 25 pounds and be able to walk on their own. We strongly recommend that children have the ability to tread water.


Parking is free after 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Saturdays and all day Sundays/holidays.

Paid parking is available Monday-Friday in the E-19 and E-21 lots behind Husky Stadium ($4.00/hr).

Sound Transit Light Rail has arrived at UW. Avoid parking issues and use light rail, conveniently located by Husky Stadium and the WAC.

Discounts and Payment Methods

  • Patrons must be UW Seattle Campus students or UW employees and have valid UW Husky Card to receive discounted rates.
  • Only one ID may be used per boat, both for rental and applied discount.  Non-transferrable.
  • Payment must be made by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, or Discover.  Credit card to be charged after rental and return of equipment.
  • Prices do not include sales tax.

Important Dates and Hour Changes

Event closures:

  • Windermere Cup/Opening Day (May 1)
  • Home football games (September 4, 18, 25 and October 16)
  • Off-season: October 1-March 31

Pet Policy

Dogs are allowed and welcome in our canoes; we do not allow dogs in our kayaks.  No pet life jackets provided.