Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals
Open again in April!
Come on down to the Shilshole Bay Marina (W-Dock), right next to the Corinthian Yacht Club.
Friday through Sunday (and holidays) we have a 2 hour rental minimum.
At this time, we only accept reservations online - no walk-ups.
Face coverings are encouraged unless fully vaccinated!
Single kayak rental
Super stable sit-on-top kayaks for any experience level.
Double kayak rental
Our double sit-on-top kayaks are wide and stable, great for beginner and expert renters alike.
Stand up paddleboard rental
No better way to see Seattle and get a workout at the same time.
Paddle Pass - become a member!
Our Paddle Pass members have priority access to the rental fleet. No waiting, no paperwork, no hassle. Each punch good for 1 paddleboard or kayak (single or double - bring a friend!) rental.
Max. 2 hours per punch, 1 punch per day
Max. 3 hours per punch, 1 punch per day
PLUS 10% off all Guided Tours!
*During regular rentals hours. Availability not guaranteed, but you will have priority over non-Paddle Pass holders
Located just 15 minutes from downtown and within walking distance of the Ballard Locks, we offer kayak rentals and paddleboard (SUP) rentals by the hour. Whether you are just visiting Seattle, off of a cruise ship and looking for an adventure, or have lived in the Pacific Northwest your whole life, Ballard Kayak is the kayaking and padleboarding tour company you’ve been looking for!
Included in each kayak rental and paddle board rental are paddles and fitted PFDs for each participant, a safety demonstration and basic paddling instruction. We use sit-on-top kayaks for all of our rentals for safety reasons. If you would like to experience sit-in kayaks, please join us on a tour.
Rentals Tips and Tricks
- Your time on the water begins at the time selected for your reservation. Please allow extra time to find parking and arrive at least 20 minutes early at the kiosk to ensure you get the most out of your rental. Please plan even more time to find parking. We recommend using a ride share service or biking. We do not have dedicated parking.
-Friday through Sunday and holidays there is a 2 hour rental minimum.
- For your safety we ask that we keep only 1 person per paddleboard, 1 person per single kayak, and 2 people for each double kayak.
- AGE REQUIREMENTS: 4 years of age or older for any rental experience, 12 for their own craft, and all rentals must be accompanied by an adult. Subject to change due to weather.
- We ask all of our rental customers not to enter the Ballard Locks with our equipment due to safety concerns.
- If wind patterns pick up we will contact you via phone and e-mail to cancel your reservation for safety reasons with as much notice as possible. We begin canceling rentals when the wind reaches 15-20 knots. We do not cancel for rain (it's the PNW, after all)!
- We highly recommend paddling early in the day to avoid higher afternoon wind patterns.
Questions? Visit our FAQs page
Or Contact Us anytime.