Canoe Rental

WI River Outings Canoe Rentals

Some people just want to do it on their own…and the WI River is the perfect place to do just that. Rent one of our high quality canoes for half a day or up to 7 days paddling a section of the Lower Wisconsin River. With the current rolling along at roughly 3 mph, it will take approximately 30 hours to paddle the entire 92 miles of the Lower Wisconsin River.

Camp Along the Way on the Sand Bars

Camp on the sand bars in the center of the river along the way. No permits are needed. Glass and fireworks are strictly prohibited and there is a hefty fine for those who don’t adhere to the policy courtsey of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Please practice “Leave No Trace” ethics on the river.

You will not find better primitive camping within the Midwest!

About our Canoes

We have worked very hard since 2003 to provide the best canoes available in the state of Wisconsin. We chose the manufacturer that provides the bulk of the canoes for the Boundary Waters and has been tested over time…Wenonah Canoe, made in the U.S.A. We’ve settled on the Adirondack model, 16′ long, quiet roylex construction, comfortable webbed seats and light weight. If you’ve never paddled a higher end canoe you will be surprised by what you’ve been missing. Everyday we have folks come off the water amazed at the difference a canoe can make for their paddle experience.

Canoe Rental Rates

Our canoes are designed to hold 2 adults and 1 child under 70 lbs. The rental rate includes life vests (PFD), paddles and transportation up or down river based on which of our two locations you decide to paddle out of.

Organizing a large group?  Download our helpful hints for planning.

Which of the 2 Locations is Best?

We’ve provided a Google Map that does an excellent job of laying out the river for you.  Also, feel free to check out the Maps area of our site for additional information.


If you are looking for:

  •  a quiet and remote stretch of river to paddle
  • fewer canoes on it
  • your own sand bar to camp on
  • at the end of your trip be able to paddle up to your vehicle on your own time and pack up and head home without a bus ride back up river

than Boscobel is the stretch of river you want to paddle on. Boscobel is located approximately 90 minutes west of Madison.

Sauk City

If you’re looking for:

  • the closest location to Madison
  • enjoy more of a “Spring Break” atmosphere
  • want to get on the water right away but understand that you’ll have to wait for an afternoon bus to take you back up river to your vehicle

than Sauk City is the stretch for you. FAMILIES, please note that there is a nude beach along the Sauk City stretch near Ferry Bluff, river left. The beach can be avoided by staying river right near Ferry Bluff.  Sauk City is approximately 30 minutes north of Madison.

Payment Info

Reservations are taken with balance due on Visa, MasterCard or Discover. 100% refund with cancellations 7 days prior to the start of your rental date. Within 7 days, a canoe rental credit good for the same paddling season will be issued, which can also be redeemed as a gift certificate good for the same season.

Once your paddle hits the water, there are no refunds or credits.

Weather/Rain Policy

First and foremost, paddling is a wilderness experience so we do expect you to have rain gear and be prepared. It is not possible for us to come pick you up early from your trip simply because it has started raining and you’ve failed to prepare.

If you decide to cancel within 7 days of your start date because of rain in the forecast, Wisconsin River Outings will provide you with a same season paddle credit. You can then reschedule your trip at a later date, based on availability.

Providing you arrive at our location on the day of your reservation, if there is lightning at 12 PM (Noon) on the day of your departure, we will not put you on the water and we will give you a full refund. If you cancel over the phone, we will give you a same season paddle credit only. Rain is not a reason to refund your trip.

 High Water Policy

There are times in the Spring as well as during wet summers when, for safety, we will not put people on the river. We know how packed your schedule can be so we do have several options to still get you on the water, contact us for additional information. The following are the parameters we use on the morning of your trip for not putting people on the river during high water:
Single Day Rentals: USGS readings at Muscoda of 23,000 cf/s
Multiday Rentals: USGS readings at Muscoda of 20,000 cf/s
These readings can be found on our website and the U.S. Geological Survey website,