Private Canoe/Kayak Transport and Shuttle Service

We’d be happy to provide transportation for you to paddle your own canoe/kayak on the Lower Wisconsin River.

NOTE: We do NOT provide transport service on Saturday mornings in July and August. Our first priority is our rental customers during this time.

ALSO NOTE: WRO no longer will transport private boats and gear. We will only transport the driver(s) up/down river. If you’re uncomfortable leaving your boat and gear at the put-in, you’ll need to make other transport arrangements through another company, we’re sorry.

General Policies Regarding Private Boaters

We’re going to say it right up front, we’re in business to rent canoes/kayaks. We’ll do our best to accommodate private boaters, but not at the detriment to our rental customers. This includes taking up seats in our vans when we could be moving rental customers. We’re glad you enjoy paddling and purchased your own craft, but when you paddle on a river that only takes you further from where you put in, you need to factor in how you’re going to get moved up/down river so you can get your craft back on top of your vehicle. This includes when you’re paddling with someone else who’s renting boats from WRO. We assume you’ll pay for the convenience of not having to walk or bike back upriver to retrieve your vehicle.  We occasionally stumble into those who are trying to work the system and get a free ride – please don’t be that person.  Thank you for understanding our position.

SHORT Distance Upriver Transport Process – Spring Green, Lone Rock, Gotham, Muscoda, Blue River to Boscobel

Drop off people, boat and gear at your desired put in.

  1. ONLY the driver(s) will continue downriver to our shop at 715 Wisconsin Ave, Boscobel, WI 53805 to check-in. Be SURE to arrive 30 minutes BEFORE your scheduled departure time so we get you on the van upriver!
  2. We’ll depart ontime from the shop, swing by the boat landing to park your vehicle and then onto your put-in.
  3. You’ll finish your trip at your vehicle and at your convenience.

SHORT Distance Downriver Transport Process – Woodman, Millville, Bridgeport, Wyalusing

These trips are handled on a case by case basis. In general, you’ll drop people and gear at the put-in (usually Boscobel). The driver will then head downriver to your takeout and we’ll pick you up and bring you back upriver on the front end of your trip. This process is somewhat flexible on the weekdays – however, weekends and in particular Saturdays in July and August we will NOT be able to meet you at a downriver takeout and transport you upriver on the front end of your trip, particularly on Saturday mornings (late in the day is an option – give us a call).

Long Distance Trips – Wyalusing/Boscobel to Arena and Sauk City

These trips have a 10 AM and 2 PM departure/pickup time. It will not be possible to transport you on Saturday mornings. Give us a call and we can work out the details for your transport needs.

* Includes moving one driver and does NOT cover moving boat/gear. Price is per person.