Aquatic Rentals

We've got kayaks, canoes and stand up paddle boards - Come play on the water!

Launch from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center dock and set off on an adventure along the shores of Humboldt Bay. Our knowledgeable staff will provide a brief paddle and safety talk and can also set up a private lesson for novice paddlers or the intermediate and advanced participant. Got a group? We are happy to work with your community groups, school and special group to create a custom program to fit your needs.


Hours of Operation:

October-January: 10 AM - 3 PM
February-April: 10 AM - 4 PM
May-September: 10 AM - 6 PM

What's Included

  • A brief paddling and safety orientation
  • Personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Wetsuit (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)
  • Splash jacket
  • Paddle(s)
  • The watercraft

Rental Fees

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.


  • All renters should know how to tread water 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.
  • Rental limits are based on forecast weather conditions and tides.

 Aquatic Equipment Rentals for Off-Site Locations

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 off-site aquatic and outdoor gear please see our Center Activities' Full  Rental Price List .

Private Instruction

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:
  • $50/hour HSU Students
  • $60/hour All Others
Additional Person:
  • $20/hour
*2-hour instruction. Custom rates for groups of 4 or more.
Please contact our Aquatics Coordinator at 707-443-4222 for more information.




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