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How Kayak Rental Works

Do it yourself sea kayaking is fun. Paddle with family and friends to fun and easy nearby destinations in San Francisco.

When you check in, we will recommend where to go and what to see. It will be based on the condition of the day and your ability.

If you are new at kayaking in San Francisco, join a Downtown Kayak Trip or Family Trip. Each trip is guided. And, your kayaking experience is so much better because you will use better equipment and learn new skills along with interesting things about the area.

We provide a dry bag, life jacket, and paddle with every kayak rental;. Please bring; cell phone, layers of clothes, sunglasses, sunblock, bottle of water, snack, wind jacket.



Beginners and Family

South Beach Harbor, McCovey Cove, Lefty O'doul Draw Bridge, Houseboats in Mission Creek, Brannan Wharf Park, Navy Ships

Intermediate and Advanced Visitors

Bay Bridge, Cupid's Span, Ferry Building

The Ramp Restaurant, La Mar restaurant, Farmer's Market, San Francisco Belle

Coit Tower, Aquatic Park, Crissey Field, Treasure Island


* You must paddle at least 20 miles regularly.

Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz



Reservation Online

Online reservation is not available this winter season.


Walk-in Kayak Rental Hours

Open Thursday through Monday

11am-5pm, Last Launch 3pm

Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday
(We are open for all Giants games.)

First come first served
Phone reservation recomended for group over 10 people.


Rental Packages

10 Hour Pass

Open Top Kayaks

Single Kayak & SUP $159
Double Kayak $279

Sea Touring Kayaks

Our sea kayaks are equipped with front and rear hatches along with rudder. Spray skirt and safety kits are included in the rental price.

Single Seakayak $189
Double Seakayak $299


2 person canoe $319


Hourly Packages

Sit-on-top Kayak, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

1 hour
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours
full day

Includes; kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, life jacket, paddle, dry bag, wetsuit or paddling jacket, splash pants.

Child/Youth: 50% discount up to age 11, 25% discount up to age 17 with an adult


Sea Toruing Kayak

1 hour
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours
full day

Includes; sea touring kayak, life jacket, paddle, dry bag, wetsuit or paddling jacket, splash pants, safety kit. spray skirt.

Sea touring kayak rental requires a proof of reentry skills.


1 hour
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours
full day

Includes; kayak, life jacket, paddle, dry bag, wetsuit or paddling jacket, splash pants.

Canoe rental requires a proof of reentry skills.


Season Pass

You get unlimited kayak and gear rental during the period.
Minimum 3 month commitment is required.


Individual- $154/3 month, $293/6 month, $405/9 month, $529/year

Family- $256 per 3 month

Family includes 2 adults and 2 youth

Student- $77 per 3 month

Student pass is not usable on weekends.

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Group Rental | Birthday Party

Birthday person goes free with a party over 10 people.

A group is over 10 people.

We can accomodate up to 100 people.

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Off Hour Paddling

Early hour paddling is available with full day rental and advance reservation.


Notice to Beginners

Opening hour is the best time to come. You get extra attention and free kayaking lesson. You will learn basic kayaking skills and receive clinic on the water, so it is a valuable session for beginners.

Having a buddy on the water is a good practice. If you do not have a buddy, join a trip or show up at the opening. Most likely we will have other paddlers show if the weather is nice.


Things to Bring

Change of clothes, extra shoes, bottled water, and cell phone in a waterproof pouch.

Additionally consider: water resistant jacket and pants, sunglasses, sunblock, moisture wicking layer, hat, gloves, towel, and camera in a zip lock bag (or waterproof pouch).

For San Francisco Giants game in McCovey Cove bring an AM radio.


Rental Restrictions

Rental area is limited based on the tidal condition, paddler's ability, wind, weather, security regulation, and boat traffic.

Each person must wear a life jacket at all times.

Have a buddy on the water if you are a beginner or join a session when there are others.

Each child (under age 14) should be with a guardian on a double kayak. Youth under 18 need a paddling buddy and guardian's signature on a waiver form.

If you are not sure about your friend's paddling ability, join a guided trip or rental session. It includes everything for a great first day in kayaking.

If you are planing to visit busy landmarks (bridges, shipping channels), you need to be aware of regulations. US Coast Guard updates safety and security warnings weekly. Click on Local Notice to Mariners (LNM)

When possible, we offer trips to extended landmarks, such as Treasure Island, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz. It is advisable to join a trip, so you paddle with a guide who is experienced and knowledgeable of the area.


McCovey Cove Experience

Baseball fans flock to McCovey Cove for a chance of life time: catching a splash hit.

This package includes everything you need to enjoy McCovey Cove exprience;

kayaking lesson
rental of sit-on-top kayak, dry jacket, splash pants, dry bag, life jacket, paddle

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Sea Touring Kayak Rental

If you want to rent a sea touring kayak in San Francisco bay, you must demonstrate a reentry capability. You can; take a written test or show an unexpired certification.

Taking two single sea kayak is safer than a double.
In a group rental one person out of five should have a reentry skill.

A rental session or kayak trip is recommended if your party does not have an adequate reentry capability.




Take-away or Day Rental

Take a kayak to paddle under the Golden Gate Bridge. We will show you how. You just need to have a car. We will check your ability, planning, and more details, so you can truely enjoy the experience as we have in the past.

Sit-on-top Kayak*

Single: $59
Double: $69

Accessories Package: $8 per person (pfd, paddle, drybag)

Sea Touring Kayak*

Single: $65
Double: $75

Accessories Package: $12 per person (pfd, paddle, dry bag, paddling jacket or wetsuit, spray skirt, paddle float, bildge pump, sponge)


Old Town Discovery 18ft: $75

Accessories Package: $8 per person (pfd, paddle, drybag)
Canoeing is not recommended on open water.

Car Top Kit *

Universal Kit (mounts on any car: flat roof or crossbar)

Kayak Package: $8
Canoe Package: $8

Transport Wheels*

These carts save your arms.
Fitted with inflatable wheels to work on sandy beach also.
Works with kayak or canoe.

$18 per day

* Free pick up day (after 2pm), free return day (by noon).
50% off second day, 75% off beyond. Prices shown are first day charges.


Hiring a Guide

Kayak guide or chase boat: $120/hr
Minimum $240 per trip


Cleaning Fee

If excessive cleaning is needed, City Kayak may charge a fee; $20 per hour or $4 per item (whichever is greater).



For your convenience we accept cash and bank debit card.


Cancellation or Changes of Reservation

If you cancel at least 24 hours in advance, you will receive a complete refund. Just notify us by a phone call or email. Store credit maybe given afterwards.

7 day policy applies for groups of 10 or more.


Rain or Stormy Conditions

A rain or wind forecast does not necessarily cancel an event or a reservation because local condition is different by district in San Francisco. However, we usually cancel an event if there is

over 10% chance of "rain"
over 30% of "shower"
strong wind

If you have a reservation, we notify you 24 hours in advance in such cancellation. Please call or email if you have questions about the weather. If cancelled, we can 1) reschedule the event to another day, 2) give you a store credit, or 3) give you a full refund.


Available Kayaking Gear

The gear is available at $8 per item per day if not renting kayaks.

Dry jacket
Spray pants
Pogies (paddle mittens)
Car-top kayak kit


Rental Area

Paddling boundary depends on the condition and paddler's ability.

Family Route

McCovey Cove, Mission Creek (1-2 hour paddling)

Baseball fans gather at the McCovey Cove for a chance to catch splash hits. Also, you can paddle under Lefty O'Doul draw bridge and visit unique houseboats in Mission Creek. Famillies with children should stay in this calm protected area.

Intermediate Route

Downtown, Bay Bridge, The Ramp, Dry Dock (2-3 hour paddling)

If you have solid paddling skills, you may venture into main part of the bay. Checking the tide chart, wind, and weather is cruicial. 2 hour paddling along the scenic San Francisco downtown or The Ramp restaurant is popular among local kayakers.

Advanced Route

Fisherman's Wharf
Treasure Island, Yerba Buenna Island (3+ hour paddling)

Strong wind and tidal currents prevail in these areas. Extensive paddling experience and knowledge about the area are required. See what trips are offered for these destinations from reservation page


Power Boat Rental

If you have a captain' license and are familliar with operating a power boat, Boston Whaler Montauk is available for rental for work or an event.

Boston Whaler Montauk 17

Evinrude 70 HP Four Stroke
Rated for 7.5 persons

$150 per hour (plus gas, tax, deposit)
Minimum two hours
Requires captain's license or equivalent competency plus operation experience







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