Riveredge Nature Center is located on the banks of the Milwaukee River and from our very beginning in 1968, exploring the waterways we all share has been embedded in our culture. From aquatic surveys to tubing excursions to kayaking the Milwaukee River, we’re all about water exploration. Riveredge staff host group kayak outings throughout the Kettle Moraine area at rivers, lakes, and ponds. We can offer a variety of experiences for your group from beginner, still water learning experiences, to paddling out on the open water or on streams and rivers. It all depends on the skill, comfort, and age of your group seeking to kayak in the Kettle Moraine area.
Where and When Does Riveredge Host Group Kayak Rental Experiences?
We’re located on the Milwaukee River in Newburg and for years we’ve hosted kayaking, tubing, and floating experiences right off of the banks of our hiking trails along the Milwaukee River.
We realize that our location on an adventurous river might not be the experience everyone is seeking. Riveredge hosts group kayaking rentals throughout Sheboygan, Dodge, Washington, and Ozaukee counties. Some of the places where we regularly host group kayaking experiences are at: the Milwaukee River, Horicon Marsh, Sheboygan Marsh, Long Lake, Mauthe Lake, and Yahr Park.
We host group kayaking trips from May through September (weather and location permitting). If you’re ready to schedule a group kayaking outing, scroll to the bottom of this page and fill out the form.
Pricing starts at $250 and is dependent on number of participants, location, distance from Riveredge, and timing (2 hour minimum). Common Questions about our Group Kayaking Experiences
What do you provide?
Our guide will transport kayaks with seats, personal flotation devices for each participant, and a paddle for each vessel to the agreed location for your adventure.
Do you rent kayaks, can I pick them up and drop them off?
We load them on our trailer, meet you at the agreed upon natural area, and join you on the river with a complete safety explanation prior to everyone getting in the water. Our insurance requires that Riveredge staff are present and facilitating programs at all times when our equipment is in use. We do not hand kayaks off and wave goodbye.
Do you ever cancel?
While cancelling is never ideal, kayaking is weather dependent. High winds, thunderstorms, and high or low waters levels may result in cancellation. In the event of inclement weather, we try to reschedule to another date that works for both parties. If we are unable to do so, you will receive a refund in full.
Do members get discounts on group kayaking rentals?
Members do receive a discounted rate on private kayaking birthday parties.
I’m an adult/I know how to swim. Do I have to wear one of those vests too?
Yes, all participants are required to wear vests for the entire time while in the water or piloting a kayak, canoe, innertube, or other Riveredge water vessel. Participants are welcome to bring their own approved and well fitting PFDs.
I’m a member. Can I check rent or check out a kayak?
Unfortunately, just like rentals referenced above, this isn’t an option. Our insurance requires that Riveredge staff are present and facilitating programs at all times when our equipment is in use.
Can we fish while in the kayaks?
Our kayaks are not specifically designed for fishing but may be used to do so. Participants must follow all state and local regulations while fishing.
What should I wear?
Please make sure your group checks the forecast prior to arriving and be prepared for the likely weather. You may want to have sunscreen and insect repellent depending on the time of year and location. Make sure that you’re wearing clothes and footwear that you’re comfortable getting wet and being wet in. Most launches will require wet entry and shoes that can get wet while staying firmly on your feet (no crocs, flip flops, etc). Cotton clothing is not recommended for paddling excursions.
Do you have dry bags? Will my phone get wet?
We do not provide dry bags for equipment. They can be easily purchased at your local outdoor gear store. Yes, your kayak may tip over, it’s probably smart to have a waterproof phone case if you plan on bringing it. Riveredge is not responsible for anything that gets wet while out on the water. Participants are welcome to store their keys, belongings, in our Riveredge vehicle- however, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Hey…we’re all adults here. Can we bring alcohol? Or something else?
Alcohol or other controlled substance use before and during a Riveredge paddle is prohibited. Please feel free to pack and enjoy adult beverages after our paddle, where allowed.
History of Group Kayaking and Adventure at Riveredge
As the first nonprofit organization founded in greater Milwaukee, Riveredge has a heritage of providing educational and experiential field trips, outings, and camps both onsite at our 379 acres of various habitats along the Milwaukee River, as well as at offsite locations such as: Mauthe Lake, Pike Lake, and Horicon Marsh.
We have an experienced staff of seasoned science educators, as well as knowledgeable adventure education staff that specializes in roped tree climbing, innovative field trips, excellent summer camps, and other experiences for families, summer day adventures, and programs for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.
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