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Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals

The BEST way to see Starved Rock Country!
Looking for an on-water adventure? Nothing beats the view from a Hobie...and our fleet of kayaks and paddleboards offers a selection of unique and easy-to-learn ways to see the scenery! Choose a Hobie DuraGlide stand-up paddleboard or a Hobie Kayak, featuring the patented MirageDrive pedal system, making it easier to use (and faster!) than a traditional kayak.  And new for 2022...the Hobie Fiesta; fit up to 4 on this unique pedaled platform - bring the kids, or bring the crew!  No matter your choice, you'll be amazed at how easy and FUN pedaling or paddling can be...

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Available April 15 - October 1, weather permitting.  Extended dates may be offered - please call.

Rental rates
2 hours
4 hours/
Half day
Full day
Hobie single pedaled kayak

Hobie two-person or specialty pedaled kayak (Compass Duo/other)
Hobie four-person Fiesta $95 $150 $225
Hobie stand-up paddleboard
NOTE: Limited to in-harbor use 
$25 N/A N/A

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Riders under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian (one adult per minor on two- or
four-person craft). Solo riders must be at least 14 years old and be tall enough and physically able to operate
MirageDrive pedal system.  Craft with any passengers under 10 years old are restricted to in-harbor use.  
ALL riders must wear an approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) at ALL times
while riding. Premium boarding or kayak PFDs will be provided, or you can bring your own. 
For safety reasons, our paddleboards are not allowed outside of the harbor.  

Call 815-434-5001 for assistance
Hobie Kayaks are very easy to learn and much more stable than ocean or rapids kayaks. We'll assist with proper pedal adjustment, after which you'll be pedaling like a pro in minutes! Stand-up paddleboards require a bit more balance, but are still much easier to learn than you might think. If you have never used a traditional stand-up paddleboard, we recommend that you watch this brief instructional video before your first rental; this will greatly accelerate your learning process.  For beginners, paddling within the harbor will give you a chance find your "sea legs" and enjoy its lovely scenery.  
Rentals are launched at Heritage Harbor Ottawa, which is a protected, low-traffic, 32-acre marina and great spot for beginners to get the feel for boarding or kayaking.  From there, riders (kayaks only) may venture out to the Illinois River and enjoy 12+ scenic miles between the Marseilles & Starved Rock locks. We recommend advance reservations; this will allow us to have your equipment ready, and avoid surprises should your preferred ride not be available when you arrive.
Please note that the Illinois River (outside the marina) is a commercial waterway. The river offers great scenery, as well as numerous beaches and other attractions, but you will be sharing it with recreational boaters (busier on weekends & holidays), as well as occasional barges. Wherever possible, stay close to shore to avoid traffic - and to enjoy the best scenery. Stay well clear of barges; they move slowly, but can't stop or turn quickly, and may not be able to see smaller watercraft. Also, remember that there is a current in the river; it is usually slow-moving, but it WILL take you somewhat longer to travel upstream (against the current) than downstream, so please plan your trip accordingly.  
If you'd like to learn more, please call our rental desk at 815-434-5001...

Thanks & enjoy your ride!