We are no longer taking reservations for boat rentals this season.  We will resume rentals again next spring.  Thank you to all who rented boats with us this summer, and worked through our revised processes.  THANK YOU!!!  We hope the fall and winter finds everyone healthy and safe!

Rental Hours

Month Days Times
July – August Thursday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
September Friday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
November – March CLOSED CLOSED

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

Rental Rates Per Boat

Boat type Rate
Canoe $18/hour
Double kayak $20/hour
Single kayak Not available
Rowboat Not available

*UW Seattle Campus students with an active Recreation membership receive a discounted rate with a valid Husky Card (one boat discount per student).


State guidance requires that all boats are reserved in advance; we are not accepting walk-ups this season.  We are booking seven (7) boats every 30 minutes, on the hour and the half-hour, to allow for proper social distancing and cleaning of boats and equipment.  Please be sure to review the “WHAT TO EXPECT” information below for additional rental requirements.

Please fill out the form below and a staff member will contact you to confirm as soon as possible.  Submission of this form is only a request and all reservations must be confirmed by Waterfront staff.  Confirmation will come via email, sent to the email address of the 1st Adult Paddler as listed on the form below.  Reservations are processed M-F.  *We try to handle reservation requests over the weekend as our capacity allows, but cannot guarantee confirmation of requests submitted on Sat/Sun.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are unable to rent to anyone that shows up to the Waterfront without having received a confirmation email.

What to Expect During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Rentals are by reservation for summer 2020 (see form above).  No walk-up rentals allowed.  No same-day reservations.
  • Masks/face coverings are required to be worn on-site (grounds, dock, building, etc). Our staff will also be wearing masks and gloves.
  • Proper social distancing guidelines are to be observed while at the Waterfront.
  • Restrooms are not available. 
  • 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.
  • Maximum occupancy for each boat type is as follows:
Boat Type Maximum Occupancy
Canoe 2 Persons (3 Persons if the third is a child under 90 lbs)
Double Kayak 2 Persons
Single Kayak Not available
Rowboat Not available


Rental Details

Rental Eligibility

  • Boat rentals are available to the greater UW Community and the Public.
  • Our double kayaks are double occupancy only.
  • Our canoes seat two, but can be operated by a solo paddler.  We allow a third paddler only when it is a child 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 and have valid UW Husky Card to receive UW student discount.
  • Only one ID may be used per boat, both for rental and applied discount.
  • Payment must be made by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, or Discover.  Credit card must be presented at the time of rental for pre-authorization, to be charged after rental and return of equipment.
  • Prices do not include sales tax.

Important Dates and Hour Changes

Event closures:

  • Home football games (Dates TBD)
  • 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.