Recreation

Summer is here! Here are a few reminders

1. We are open weather dependent, please call before coming down.

2. 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.

3. Access to the inner water trails of the Washington Arboretum will be somewhat limited, as WSDOT has closed portions of the waterways due to ongoing 520 bridge construction. Union Bay Natural Area, the shoreline of the Washington Arboretum, and Beaver Lodge Sanctuary are navigable. 

Rental Hours

We will be closed for home Husky football games on September 3, 10, 17, 24.

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)

All boats are due back by 8pm

June Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 7pm

All boats are due back by 8pm

July – August Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 8pm

All boats are due back by 9pm

September Thursday – Sunday

 

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

All boats are due back by 7pm

October Saturday & Sunday (through October 10th)

*Weather Permitting

12pm – 5pm

All boats are back by 6pm

November-March Closed Closed

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)

What to Expect When Renting

  • We do not take reservations for individual boats. Group rentals, please contact wacboats@uw.edu
  • There is no food service at the Waterfront.
  • 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 boats.
  • Boaters and personal items taken aboard will get wet; please plan accordingly.  We have a limited number of dry bags available for rent ($2.00).
  • We have a limited number of day-use lockers available for rent ($2.00) for those not wanting to take valuables on the boat.
  • Occupancy requirements for each boat type are as follows:
Boat Type Occupancy Requirements
Canoe 1-4 people allowed-3rd and 4th passengers must be children weighing under 90 lbs. (Total passenger max: 525lbs)
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 One occupant must be an adult 18+ years of age with a valid photo ID. Minors are not permitted to be solo paddlers 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 a 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

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.

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 Weekend
  • Home football games (September 4, 18, 25 and October 16)
  • Off-season: Typically 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 are provided.