Kayak, Paddle Board (SUP), and Canoe Rentals


Woods and Waters may love taking people out on guided adventures — but we also have rentals for those looking to adventure independently. Rentals are also great for people visiting the area and unable to bring their own equipment to the Les Cheneaux or the eastern Upper Peninsula. We've all been there when we realize there simply isn't enough room to pack everything. We are happy to be the resource for making your vacation even better! We carry Glide, P&H, Current Designs, Swell, Wilderness Systems, Dagger, and Perception watercraft.

If you want to understand more about rentals — read this blog post: Renting Kayaks, Paddle Boards, and Bikes from Woods & Waters

Looking for a rental rate sheet? Click here for a downloadable rental rate PDF.

Did you know?

  1. Most of our boats less than 5 years old — and many are brand new each season!

  2. We rent high-quality kayaks and paddle boards (SUPs).

  3. Rentals can be from 2-hours to multiple days.

  4. A one-day rental can be either an 8-hour day or one 24-hour period (for example: from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday to 10:00 a.m. Wednesday).  

  5. The daily rate decreases the more days gear is rented.

  6. Delivery and pick-up in the LCI area are FREE (St. Martin's Point to McKay Bay).

  7. We will deliver beyond the Les Cheneaux for a fee. We will give you a quote if you know the address.

  8. All necessary gear is provided with the rental: PFD (life jacket), paddle, etc. 

  9. We also help plan where to go based on the conditions, your skills, and what you are looking to do.

Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUPs)

Stand-up paddle boards, often called SUPs (say it like the first syllable of the word "supper"), are a popular way to get out on the water. We have both beginner-friendly and more advanced boards to rent, as well as inflatable. The brand we carry is Glide which are made in Salt Lake City and have a super durable coating on them making them well-suited to our rocky shorelines. If you are new to the sport, you want a wider board for stability.

We also offer SUP lessons too which are a great way to go out and learn the basics before your rental. Lessons last about 2 hours. When making a reservation, let us know if you're interested.



Sit-On-Top Kayaks

We have several types of sit-on-top kayaks to rent — including solo (one person) and tandem (two people). Shorter boats are typically more stable, and often a bit slower. We also have the Perception Rambler 135s which allow you to paddle with a kid or a dog sitting in-between the front and rear paddlers. All our tandem sit-on-tops can also be paddled by one person simply be placing one seat into the center position — meaning if you are looking to rent a versatile boat for a days or the whole week of your cabin rental in the Les Cheneaux, these boats are really flexible. Some of the boats are also functional for kayak fishing.


Fishing Sit-On-Top Kayaks

Wanting to go fishing while visiting the Les Cheneaux Islands? There are some wonderful quiet spots you can reach even on a sit-on-top! The Wilderness Systems Targa 130 which has "lawn-chair" seats that can be positioned facing forward, or one forward and one reverse — great for venturing out with a friend so you can swap fish tales. This boat can also be paddled by just one person. 

Touring Sea Kayaks

Touring sea kayaks are our jam — and our fleet is well rounded with many different offerings. Just like shoes, there are boats that fit each person better or are more well-suited to the type of padding they want to pursue. We also have tandem seat kayaks which can be a great option — especially if you're looking to go camping on Government Island.

You can also rent in order to test-drive a boat you may be considering ordering. We are an official dealer for P&H.

Safety is important, so don't be offended when we want discuss your skills and maybe encourage you to take either a wet exit crash course or a private kayaking lesson. 


We only have one canoe in our fleet because most people prefer kayaks, so if you are looking to rent our canoe, don't procrastinate booking it for the dates you need it. This is a very stable Old Town.