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Olbrich Park

3527 Atwood Ave

Madison, WI 53714


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The following measures are being implemented due to COVID-19 and will be upheld until public health recommendations deem it safe to make changes to our policies.

-All rental reservations must be made online and paid for in advance. We can not accept cash at this time.

-We have a minimum 2 hour rental block to help reduce congestion and to allow for enough time to clean equipment.

-If you have your own life jacket, please bring it with you.

-Renters and staff will need to abide by the 6ft distancing requirements.

-Renters and staff are required to wear masks while on land.

-Our rentals will be more self-serve than in the past.  A staff person will be there to assist you when you arrive, however they will not be helping you enter the boat or launch the boat from shore to maintain physical distance.

-We are currently limiting group sizes to 6 people at a time.

-Equipment will be cleaned after each rental, but please still use proper hygiene and take necessary safety precautions while using the rental equipment.

-If you arent feeling well, please stay home.  We will refund your rental no problem.

If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.

Book Olbrich

Olbrich Rental Season

June 3 - Labor Day, then Friday, Saturday & Sunday for rest of September

 (weather dependent)

Olbrich Rental Hours

*the last rentals are sent out at 5pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends.

*all rentals must be back by closing time


2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Olbrich Rental Rates

(pricing is per boat)                              2 hour    Additional hour

Solo Kayak



Two-Person Kayak



Stand-Up Paddleboard



Tandem Canoe



Fishing Kayak



*Free 2 hour rental for Big Brothers/Big Sisters with their littles.

Boat Storage at Olbrich Park

We currently have a few spots available for personal boat storage for the 2020-2021 season (April 1-March 31) at Olbrich Park. You can find out more information here.

Rutabaga Paddlesports

220 W Broadway

Monona, WI 53716


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Rutabaga Rental Season


Off-Site Rentals


Off-site rentals are available at our Rutabaga location only, but are not available to reserve online. Your vehicle must have an approved roof rack like Yakima, Thule, or factory cross-bars to carry the boat. Pick-up truck beds are ok for kayaks under 13ft with proper pads and tie-downs. Boats may be picked up 30 minutes before close on the evening prior. Rentals are to be used only on lakes and rivers that are non-classified (deep, slower-moving). No whitewater! Please call the store and ask to speak with a manager about rates and availability.

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

- 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.

Other Information

- Full payment is required at the time of reservation.

- All trash must be removed from boats upon their return.

- Rentals are due back 30 minutes prior to the close of business.

- Rentals returned late will be charged a $25 late fee.

- Rutabaga reserves the right to cancel rentals due to unsafe weather conditions, resulting in either full refund or reschedule.

Cancellation Policy

Two or more days notice: full refund

One day notice: 50% refund

No show or day of: no refund

Weather Related Cancellations will be met with a full refund

We will cancel rentals under the following conditions:

- Wind speed over 15 MPH (over 10 MPH for SUP and Canoe at Olbrich location)

- Water temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit

- Thunderstorms

Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Rentals

Snowshoe Rentals:

We have ended snowshoe rentals for the 2019-2020 winter season. 

Package includes snowshoes and poles.

First Business Day


Each additional day



Rental Policies

- Reservations are not required, but you're welcome to call ahead to make sure we have a pair or two set aside for you!

- Full payment is required at the time of reservation.

- All renters must be at least 18 years old. Adults must accompany anyone under 18.

- Rentals are due back 30 minutes prior to the close of business on the day they are due. Rutabaga reserves the right to charge a $25 late fee for any equipment returned late.

- Rutabaga is closed on Sundays starting January 1st. If you are renting on Saturday, all equipment must be brought back by 5pm Saturday. If you are not able to bring equipment back by 5pm, then it is necessary to purchase an additional rental day for the duration of the weekend.

Snowshoes are only to be used on snow and not hard surfaces such as paved roads, parking lots or sidewalks.

- Renters are liable for lost or damaged equipment.


Please call 608-223-9300 for more details or to reserve.