Recreation

Boat Rental Hours

Month Days Times
May – August Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat. – Sun. + Holidays 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
September Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October Daily 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

There is NO PUBLIC LAUNCH for personal watercraft at the UW Waterfront.

Rental Rates Per Boat

Boat type UW students UW Employees General public
Single kayak $10/hour $12/hour $16/hour
Double kayak $12/hour $15/hour $20/hour
Canoe $8/hour $10/hour $12/hour
Rowboat $8/hour $10/hour $12/hour

*UW Students and UW Employees receive a discounted rate with a valid Husky Card

Rental Details

Rental Eligibility

  • Boat rentals are available to the greater UW Community and the Public.
  • 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.

What to Expect

  • Rentals are always first come, first serve; we do not take single reservations.
  • Group reservations are allowed for parties of 10 or more from Monday – Thursday. See below under Group Outings.
  • Life jackets and paddles are supplied with every rental.
  • Life jackets must be worn and buckled at all times.
  • Boaters and personal items taken aboard will get wet; please plan accordingly. Dry bags are available for rent to protect valuables such as phones and wallets from splash damage. Dry bags do not float and are not guaranteed to protect items in the event of a capsize.
  • Maximum Occupancy for each boat type is as follows:
Boat Type Maximum Occupancy
Single Kayak 1 Person
Double Kayak 2 Persons
Canoe 2 Persons (3 Persons if the third is a child under 90 lbs)
Rowboat 4 persons

Group Outings

  • We do not offer a walk-up group discount. Schools and larger groups must schedule an outing no less than 7 days in advance.  We now accept reservations for groups of 10 or more people (Monday-Thursday only).  Please call to make a group reservation or email wacboats@uw.edu.  We are first come, first serve Fridays, weekends, and holidays.

Parking

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

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

Seafair Weekend

During Seafair Weekend, WAC rental boats are not allowed passage to Lake Washington; all boats must remain in the Union Bay area. Due to extremely heavy motorized boat traffic, WAC boat rentals are paused before, during, and just after the Blue Angels show, approximately 1:30p – 4:30p (subject to change).

Discounts and Payment Methods

  • Patrons must have current UW Husky Card to receive established UW rates.
  • Only one ID may be used per boat, both for rental and applied discount.
  • Payment must be made by check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  • Prices do not include sales tax.

Important Dates and Hour Changes

Event closures:

  • Early closure Tuesday, August 13:  Last rental at 4pm, all boats due back by 5pm
  • Home football games (August 31, September 7, 14, & 28, October 19)
  • Off-season: November 1-March 31

Pet Policy

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