Easy marine entertainment with boat rental options around Western Pa.


It’s summer, and rather than stay on land, we prefer to take to the water. But do not worry ; you don’t need your own boat. Fortunately, aquatic rental shops throughout the region are ready to meet your nautical needs. Whether you’re looking to cool off, explore the city from its waterways, or engage in nature, these Western Pennsylvania boat rentals have everything you’ll need for fun at sea, including the transport to launch or pick-up points.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Pittsburgh Boat

412-323-2628 or www.boat-pgh.com

One of the newest companies in town to take to the rivers, Pittsburgh Boat in Sharpsburg offers a unique view of the city aboard 22-foot pontoon boats.

Owner Nicole Moga says she decided to rent pontoon boats exclusively because they’re safe, easy to drive, and can accommodate more people than most other water rentals.

Boat Pittsburgh has had about four to six rentals every Saturday and Sunday since opening in late May. Weekends are the busiest times for a relaxing cruise, but rentals are available seven days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Kayaking in Pittsburgh

412-969-9090 (North Shore), 412-559-3697 (North Park) or www.kayakpittsburgh.org

A Venture Outdoors project, Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore celebrates its 10th season in the Steel City this summer.

Open Memorial Day through September and weekends throughout October, Kayak Pittsburgh North Shore has become one of the city’s top summer activities. Rent a solo or tandem kayak and chart your own course along the Allegheny, Ohio and Monongahela rivers.

The other Kayak Pittsburgh location at the North Park Boathouse offers rowboats, canoes, and paddle boats, in addition to kayaks. Stand-up paddle joins the list of options in early July.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Rental rates are per hour.

Northeast Paddleboard Co.

412-720-5058 (Youghiogheny River Shop), 724-381-1854 (Greene Cove Yacht Club Shop), 412-860-3737 (Pittsburgh Paddleboard Shop) or www.northeastpaddleboard.com

Take part in one of the fastest growing water sports in the world with a rental from Northeast Paddleboard Co.’s Youghiogheny River Shop in McKeesport.

Cruise the calm Youghiogheny River on a stand-up paddleboard or paddle from Northeast Paddleboard’s other two locations: Greene Cove Yacht Club Shop in Millsboro and Pittsburgh Paddleboard Shop in Point State Park. Beginners and families are welcome.

Hourly rentals include an appropriately sized paddle, surf leash and life jacket. Kayak rentals are available from Greene Cove only. Call ahead for hours and reservations.

Armstrong County

The edge of the river

724-845-9501 or www.the-rivers-edge.com

Since opening in May 2007, The River’s Edge in Leechburg has been offering guests scenic canoe and kayak tours along the Kiski River.

They offer short rides of 4-7 miles, longer rides of 8-11 miles, or daily rental. Owners Neill and Evelyn Andritz can also customize special trips that feature the best swimming spots, restaurants or campsites along the river. An interesting attraction is that sightings of bald eagles are common during summer trips.

The rental season lasts from March to October.

Foxburg River Trips

724-659-0033 or www.foxburgsegwayandrivertours.com

Paddle calmly down the Allegheny or satisfy your need for speed along the Clarion River on a Foxburg River Tour excursion.

Take a short 3.5 mile trip by canoe or kayak from Emlenton to Foxburg or Foxburg to Parker, or a longer 7 mile trip from various nearby locations.

If you’d rather relax and enjoy the waterway with someone else at the helm, book a 1-hour pontoon boat tour that offers views of surrounding homes and regional wildlife. Two-hour personalized boat trips are available on request.

Freeport Paddleboarding Co.

724-882-3290 or on Facebook

Freeport Paddleboarding Co. lets customers choose which body of water they want to paddle, with its mobile paddle board option.

Beginners can sign up for lessons and tours. Owner Micalla Mikus is one of three people in Pennsylvania to have earned all three PaddleFit certifications.

All rentals at the Freeport facility include paddles, life jackets and leashes. Call ahead for hours and reservations.

COUNTY beaver

Beighey Raccoon Boat Rental

724-899-4130 or www.raccoonboatrental.com

Rent canoes, kayaks and hydrobikes by the hour from Beighey’s Raccoon Boat Rental at Raccoon Creek State Park.

If you’re gathering a larger group, Beighey’s also offers tandems and rowboats. Several local outing clubs meet at Raccoon Creek State Park to enjoy trips along the Allegheny each week.

Beighey rates: $10 for the first hour of canoe, kayak or hydrobike; $5 for each additional hour.

COUNTY butler

Crescent Bay Marine & Boat Rentals

724-368-9955 or www.moraineboatrentals.com

Lake Arthur, 1,225 hectares, is equipped with equipment from Crescent Bay Marine & Boat Rental. The rental shop offers kayaks, canoes, tillers, paddle boards, runabouts and pontoon boats.

Boats come in all shapes and sizes, and tandems are also available. Life jackets and the first tank of fuel are included in the price of the motorized boat rental.

The season lasts from Memorial Day weekend to a few weekends after Labor Day. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

bugle county

Cook’s Forest State Park

Pale Whale Canoe details: 814-744-8300 or www.cookriverside.com

Cook Forest Canoe details: 814-744-8094 or www.cookforestcanoe.com

Two canoe and kayak rentals in Cook Forest State Park will complete the adventurous aspect of your aquatic trip.

The Pale Whale Canoe Fleet on the Clarion River offers 4, 10 and 15 mile trip options. Overnight trips are available by advance reservation only.

Cook Forest Canoe Rental also offers a variety of excursions from two bases: seven canoe and kayak excursions from the Cook Forest base and three excursions from the Clarington base.

Call ahead for hours of operation.

Erie County

Port Erie Sports

814-452-2628 or www.porteriesports.com

Port Erie Sports in Erie provides any vessel one might need to explore the waters of Lake Erie and Almost Isle Bay.

They have a wide selection of deep sea and bay fishing boats, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, runabouts and water skis. Port Erie Sports is also one of the only Jet Ski and Jetovator (flying water bike) rental stores in Western Pennsylvania.

Hours are 8:00 a.m. to sunset Daily.

fayette county

Hazelbaker Canoe Rental

724-736-8155 or www.hazelbakerscanoes.com

Paddle down the Youghiogheny River in a kayak or canoe from Hazelbaker’s Canoe Rentals in Layton.

Hazelbaker’s offers two main routes: the short 8 mile route from Dawson to Layton and the 14 mile route from Connellsville to Layton. An overnight trip is also available.

Be sure to visit Hazelbaker’s other location at Laurel Hill State Park, which offers canoe, kayak, hydrobike, and paddleboard rentals seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Daily travel times are 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.

warren county

Allegheny Outfitter

814-723-1203 or www.alleghenyoutfitters.com

Go for as little as two hours or as long as six days on a trip sponsored by Allegheny Outfitters, Warren.

Allegheny Outfitters allows guests to choose from nine excursions along the Allegheny River: three day trips and six overnight trips of varying lengths. Stops include Wildwood, Kinzua Dam, and Tionesta.

Most trips have a minimum of two canoes. The season begins on Memorial Day weekend and lasts until Labor Day weekend. Call for hours and shuttle departure times.

westmoreland county

Northwest Kayak and Canoe Rentals

724-668-0044 or www.northwestkayakandcanoe.com

NorthWest Kayak and Canoe Rentals at Keystone State Park is entering its fifth summer along 78-acre Keystone Lake.

The NorthWest family business offers one of the largest selections of nautical equipment rentals in the region: kayaks, canoes, tandems, rowboats, motors, pedal boats and stand-up paddle boards.

Judy Barker, one of the owners, points out that the shop caters to canoeists and kayakers of all levels. All rentals include life jackets, paddles and lessons for beginners.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitter

412-329-6126 or www.youghcanoe.com

Youghiogheny Canoe Outfitters in West Newton allows guests to choose from three different boat tours: Cedar Creek Park, four mile; Smithton Beach, seven miles; and Whitsett Landing, 11 miles.

Guests can use canoes or kayaks for trips. An overnight camping trip from Connellsville can be booked with a minimum of three boats.

Weekday travel times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. (reservations required); Weekend trips depart on time beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m.

Hours of operation and rental offers shown are subject to change due to weather conditions.

Emma Deihle is a writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8513 or [email protected]


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