Recreation

Reminders!

1. Our operations are weather dependent; if it is particularly windy (15mph) or stormy (thunder and lightning) 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. The Washington Arboretum Waterways are now fully open after 3 years of closure! The only restricted area now is the Montlake Cut due heavy boat traffic in a narrow lane.

Rental Hours

Important Dates with Adjusted Hours

  • Windermere Cup/Opening Day Weekend (May 4 and 5)
  • Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, OPEN – 10am-7pm
  • Home football games (August 31, September 7, 21, October 5)

All boats are due back 1 hour after the end of the rental window. For example, boats are due back at 8 pm all days in May.

Month Days Times
May 2nd – June 7th

(Canoe and kayak rentals)

Thursday – Sunday

Monday, May 27, OPEN – 10am-7pm

10am – 7pm (Thurs-Sun)
June 8th – July

(Canoe and kayak rentals)

Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 8 pm (Wed-Sun)
August

(Canoe and kayak rentals)

Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 7 pm (Wed-Sun)
September (1st-22nd)

(Canoe and kayak rentals)

Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm (Wed-Sun)
September 26 – Early Oct TBD Based on Weather TBD Based on Weather
October – April Closed Closed

Rental Rates Per Boat

Boat type Rate
Canoe $18/hour
Single Kayak $21/hour
Double kayak $25/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

  • There is no food service or vending machines at the Waterfront.
  • PFDs (life jackets) and paddles are supplied with every rental, but we encourage patrons to bring their own Type I, II, or III PFD.
  • PFDs (life jackets) 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 ($2.50).
  • We have a limited number of day-use lockers available for rent ($2.50) for those not wanting to take valuables on the boat.
  • Sunscreen is available for sale ($2.50)
  • 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 aged 2-12 and weigh under 90 lbs each) Max passenger weight capacity: 560lbs
Double Kayak 2 people only.  (We do not rent out our double kayaks for solo paddling) Max passenger weight capacity – 500lbs
Single Kayak 1 person only.  (Adult paddler 18+ years of age) Max passenger weight capacity – 350lbs
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

  • No reservations are required.
  • 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 a valid photo ID.
  • Children must be at least 2 years old, 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 a 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 (May 4 and 5)
  • Home football games (August 31, September 7, 21, October 5)
  • Off-season: Typically October 14 – April 31 (varies based on weather)

Pet Policy

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