Info & Pricing
KAYAK RENTAL RATES:
Week Days 9:30am to 2:30pm; last shuttle at 5pm
Weekends 9am to 3pm; last shuttle at 5:30pm
RESERVATIONS NECESSARY SO THAT WE MAY PROPERLY STAFF EACH DAY WHICH IN TURN HELPS US PROVIDE BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR YOU AND PUTS LESS STRESS ON OUR EMPLOYEES!
OPEN YEAR ROUND
Inclement weather and off season (September through March) – Please reserve 24 hours in advance
|· Stand-up Paddle boards||$30||$30|
|· Shuttle (military and kids 15 & under free)||$5||$5|
|· Shuttle w/ personal kayak||$10||$10|
|Price is per trip/ up to 4 hour rental limit|
· Kids and military shuttle back for free
· Paddles, lifevests, whistles are included in price
· Shuttle price is per person; there are no discounts on personal shuttles
· You may want to park a car at the Lake Olmstead to avoid shuttle price
Group Rates available on Weekends. Our group rate is $5 off each kayak and applies to any group that rents 5 or more Kayaks! We encourage large groups to fill out waivers ahead of time, download one HERE
We also REQUIRE anyone under the age of 18 to download and print a waiver ahead of time so that you can have it signed by a parent or legal guardian if they will NOT be accompanying you! Please also have your any parent/ legal guardian text our number with a matching photo ID along with a text expressing written consent for any minor they are legally responsible for!!
FYI: Week Day pricing is cheaper because you get the full experience of kayaking, which sometimes means helping get your kayak to the water, the possibility of not having someone at the end point to assist you in getting out of your kayak, or even helping load your kayak onto the trailer! We’ll let you in on a little secret, though: the week days are not as busy and therefore much more peaceful and enjoyable. Don’t worry, you can thank us by helping 🙂
· Paddle the Historic Augusta Canal down to the Lake Olmstead boat ramp where we meet you. This route is our most common route, it is just over 5 miles long and generally takes people about 2 hours. The nice, mellow current of the canal makes this route perfect for beginners with no rocks or rapids, just a nice easy float until your turn off into Lake Olmstead where you’ll paddle about a half a mile down the left hand side of the lake to the boat ramp and parking lot. We pick up our Kayaks for free and charge; shuttle price is per person. Shuttle is always free for military (both currently serving or former) as long as they show their military ID; shuttle is also free for kids 15&under. You can always avoid the shuttle price if you drop a car off at the Lake Olmstead Park, the address is 2205 Broad St, Augusta, Ga, 30904 but be sure you park your car in the lower lot closest to the boat ramp and dock; just a friendly reminder- don’t forget your keys to the vehicle you park at the lake! We can also pick up at the Walton Rehab Center (where the canal ends) if you let us know in advance!
· Paddle above the Locks up to the Steven’s Creek Dam and around Stalling’s Island to see the donkeys and goats! This route is ok for beginners, but if you’ve never kayaked before please let us know so we can have you paddle around for a minute or two before going above the locks. It is not dangerous, unless you DO NOT PADDLE AT ALL, and then there is a major risk of being pulled through the locks that move water into the canal through several big tunnel like things (aka locks) which is inherently dangerous. We don’t want that and trust me, neither do you! While it’s not as lazy as floating down the canal, the little work it takes to paddle against the current is worth every bit of it for the views, peacefulness, and of course, the donkeys! It’s also a totally awesome and unique way to see the river from above the spill way! When you’re done exploring just come on back to the spot where you got in at, while keeping a safe distance away from the locks, cause, remember, inherent danger, stay away! Did we mention that before? On week days you may be responsible for getting your kayaks to and from the put in/ take out spot which is about a quarter mile up from where our business is set up but still inside the park- we do have a cart to make this process easier though!
· More experienced paddlers may want to try the Savannah River down to the North Augusta Boat Landing (Depending on water level). Unfortunately due to the navigation needed to make it through some rather tight little rapids and over some rocky and shallow areas, we do NOT allow our Tandem Kayaks in the river. Since the river is a bit more dangerous than the canal, but totally fun, we like to use the buddy system in the case of an issue, so make sure you have your buddy, or buddies, before planning to kayak down the river! Your buddy is also gonna be handy while you’re getting Kayaks across the bridge, down the stairs and to the dock along the river! The optimal water level we like to see is between 6,000 cfs and 12,000 cfs. If the water level is running below 6,000 cubic feet per second(cfs), we will not allow our kayaks on the river cause it’s just a bit too low and they take on a lot of damage scraping and dragging over all the rocks; the river may also be dangerously high (over 12,000 cfs), in which we will not allow people to rent kayaks for the river because, while we appreciate some swift current and fun rapids, anything over 12,000 cfs is just dangerously high; it submerges practically all of the rocks and you’re more likely to get swept through trees that would otherwise be on land where they belong. Feel free to check the water level yourself at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=02197000 if you’re interested in venturing down the river! We do require groups wanting to do the river to have their own transportation for themselves and the kayaks back from the end point as we are often just a bit too busy to make it over to the North Augusta boat ramp!
We also have guided river tours as well as moonlight paddles once a month, as well as other events happening daily! Click Here for special events calendar!
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