Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do you rent kayaks?
A: Yes! We rent kayaks, canoes, & SUPs (stand-up paddle boards). See rentals page for details on rental equipment.
Q: What do I need to rent a boat from you?
A: Someone over the age of 18 must accompany every party that goes out on the water. All persons over the age of 16 will need to sign our liability wavier.
We take cash or credit cards…
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Q: Do I need a reservation?
A: We do the first come first serve rentals. Reservations are appreciated for groups of 10 or more but not required.
Q: What are your hours?
A: Portlandville location: Cooperstown Location:
Open everyday: Open everyday:
May & September 10am - 6pm May - August 10am - 6pm
June - August 9am - 6pm.
Q: Where are you located?
A: We have 2 locations:
Portlandville 2828 NY-Rt 28 Portlandville, NY 13834
Cooperstown 6000 State Highway 80, Cooperstown NY 13326
Q: What if I have never kayaked or paddled before?
A: No worries! This is the perfect place to learn. The water is calm and the current is slow, so you don’t need to be a pro to navigate your way around. We want you to come back with a smile on your face. We’ll gladly show you the ropes and give you any tips you might need so that your maiden voyage is a successful one! We are ACA certified instructors and will be happy to help you.
Q: Are life jackets and paddles included in the rental?
A: Yes life jackets and paddles are included in the price of the rental. If you need extra you can rent them.
Q: Do you have equipment for kids?
A: Most definitely! There’s no age limit on our end. It’s all about what the parent and child are comfortable with. We’ll work with you to set you up for success!
Q. How long is a half day rental? How long is a whole day rental?
A. half day: 1- 4 hrs. full day: 4-8 hrs. week: 4-7 days
Q. How many people fit in a canoe? Or in a tandem kayak?
A. 2 adults and 1 child fit comfortably in a canoe.
We have canoes that hold 2 adults and 2 children under 100 lbs. Tandem kayaks hold 2 adults and 1 child 30-50 lbs.
Q. What is the River like? Is it fast?
A. The river at the Portlandville location is classified as "moving flat water". There is very little current; a first timer can easily paddle up river for 10 miles. Since we are located in the foothills of the Catskills, the waterway is sheltered and the water is usually very calm. You can also paddle down river to Goodyear Lake from our dock. We have over 15 miles of paddling right from our dock that does not require shuttle service.
Q. Do you rent fishing poles? Can I fish from a kayak or a canoe?
A. Yes, we rent fishing poles for $10 a day, including a basic tackle box. We also sell worms, poles, and tackle. Yes, you can fish from our boats. NYS fishing license is required for age 16 and up.
Q. Do you rent motorboats/Jet skis?
A. Sorry no motors - our boats are powered by YOU!
Q. Do you sell used kayaks?
A. Yes! Check out our competitive pricing for new boats and accessories all season.
FREE TEST PADDLE off our dock!
Q. Are there places to have lunch and or swim?
A. Yes! On Goodyear Lake - Sillman Cove - Park w/ picnic tables and fishing pier, open to the public, 1 -1.5 hr paddle from our shop. On Susquehanna River: Crumhorn - Park w/ picnic tables, 1-1.5 hour paddle from our shop or 3.3 miles.
More questions or comments? We are happy to help! CONTACT US.