Launch from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center and adventure along the shores of Humboldt Bay with one of our aquatic rentals or programs. The HBAC’s on-site rental program offers kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes. Our instructional programs offer a building block for novice paddlers as well as skill refinement for the intermediate and advanced participant. We are happy to work with your community, school or special group to create a custom program to fit your needs. For a list of current equipment and rental prices, please review our Equipment Rental Guide.
Peak Season Aquatic Rental Hours:
May 15 to September 15
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Off Season Aquatic Rental Hours
September 16 to November 30 & March 1 to May 14
Daily 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Aquatic Rental Program Closure
December 1 to February 28
Focus on the paddling skills you want to or simply enjoy a day on the water with one of our trained instructors. Private instruction is a great way to assess and refine your paddling skills.
Private Instruction Fee: $30/hour HSU Students • $40/hour All Others
Minimum 2 hours. Custom rates for groups of 4 or more.
Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator at 707-443-4222 for more information.
*On-Site Aquatic Rentals
All of our HBAC aquatic rental prices include a brief paddling and safety orientation, personal flotation device (PFD), wetsuit, splash jacket, paddle and the watercraft.
Our flat rate allows you to come paddle for as long as you would like during our rental hours. Most people plan on a 2-3 hour rental. All renters should know how to swim while wearing a PFD. Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Minors under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardians signature on their rental waiver. Participating in our rental program, you may get wet. Bringing a swimsuit to wear under the included wetsuit is a great way to prepare for your time on Humboldt Bay.
Kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard: $20 HSU Students • $25 Community Members
Tandem Kayak or Canoe: $30 HSU Students • $35 Community Members
* Launch of on-site rentals conclude one hour before closing. Rental limits are based on forecasted weather conditions and paddler abilities.
Off-Site Aquatic Rentals
Not feeling like launching off our dock? Would you like to join a group of friends paddling up at the lagoons and don’t have your own gear? Want to take a kayak, canoe or SUP on your next camping trip? We offer off-site rentals to help you get out there and explore! Vehicles must be equipped with functional rack systems for transport of kayaks, canoes, surf and/or paddle boards. Talk with our staff about approved locations for off-site rentals and let us get you outfitted for your next adventure. For detailed off-site rental fees and policies visit our Equipment Rental Guide.
Kids Parties @ The HBAC
Have your child’s next celebration at the beautiful Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center! We provide a bay view room with sound system and HD projector, tables/chairs, prep kitchen and kayaks! Our professional kayaking staff will provide a 1:6 instructor ratio during all aquatic activities including team building and games! Contact our Operations Supervisor to set up your next event.
Time: 4 hours (including set up and clean up).
Group Size and Price: 1 - 10 participants • $200
11 - 16 participants • $250