Summer Rentals

The following measures are being implemented due to COVID-19:
  • All rental reservations must be made online and paid for in advance, or reserved on-site with a credit card. We can not accept cash at this time.
  • Staff and renters will abide by the 6ft distancing requirements.
  • A staff person will be present to assist renters, however, they will not be helping renters enter the boat, in order to maintain physical distance.
  • Group sizes are limited to 6 people at a time.
  • Equipment will be cleaned after each rental.
  • If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home, and your rental will be refunded.

Olbrich Park

3527 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53714

Book Olbrich
  Olbrich Rental Season
Memorial Day - Labor Day (weather dependent)

Olbrich Park Boat Rentals is closed Mon 8/30 - Fri 9/3. We will be open Labor Day Weekend.
Daily: 10:00am - 7:00pm
*all rentals must be back by closing time

Olbrich Rental Rates
Boat First 2 Hours Additional Hour(s)
Solo Kayak $25 $10
Solo Kayak $25 $10
Two-Person Kayak $30 $10
Stand-Up Paddleboard $25 $10
Tandem Canoe $30 $10
Fishing Kayak $25 $10

Boat Storage at Olbrich Park
The boat storage racks are currently full for the 2021-2022 season (April 1-March 31) at Olbrich Park. Check back in early March and find out more information about renting storage space here.

General Rental Information

What's Included
  • One (or more) canoe, kayak, or SUP board
  • A life jacket for each person
  • A paddle for each paddler

Rental Policies
By making a reservation with Rutabaga, you are agreeing to the following policies.
  • A life jacket and footwear must be worn at all times when using rental equipment.
  • Renters must be at least 18 years old. Adults must accompany anyone under 18.
  • An adult must accompany any child under 8 years of age in the same boat.
  • Alcohol is prohibited while using or operating Rutabaga equipment. Rutabaga reserves the right to refuse to rent to anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Renters are liable for lost or damaged equipment.
  • Rentals are due back no later than the posted closing time of the business.
  • Rentals returned late will be charged a $25 late fee.
  • Full payment is required at the time of reservation.
  • All trash must be removed from boats upon their return.
  • Rutabaga reserves the right to cancel rentals due to unsafe weather conditions, resulting in either full refund or reschedule.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to adjust or cancel your reservation give us a call at 608-513-1308.
  • Two or more days notice: Full refund
  • One day notice: 50% refund
  • No show or day of: No refund

Weather Cancellations
For all weather related cancellations, we will notify you by phone and/or email, and your reservation will be fully refunded or rescheduled, whichever you prefer.

Rentals will be cancelled under the following conditions:
  • Wind speed over 15 MPH for kayaks, over 10 MPH for canoes and stand-up paddleboards
  • Water temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Thunderstorms