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Rutabaga has two rental locations! Download our rental brochure for our 2019 season.

Olbrich Park


3527 Atwood Ave

Madison, WI 53714


Rental Season

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON - We will reopen in May through September (weather dependent)

Boat Storage at Olbrich Park

We are currently sold out of spots for personal storage at Olbrich Park, but please contact Tucker at to be put on the waiting list. Click here for more info.

Rutabaga Paddlesports

220 W Broadway

Monona, WI 53716


Rental Season

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON - We will reopen in May and stay open through September (weather dependent)  

Off-Site Rentals

Off-site rentals are available at our Rutabaga location, 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

For those who don't want to stop moving in the winter, we offer snowshoe rental packages!

Snowshoe Rentals:

Package includes snowshoes and poles.

First 24 hours


Each additional day


Weekend* package


Adult + Kids** pair


Adult = Kids** pair - weekend package


* Two-day weekend rental can either be picked up on Friday and returned Saturday by 4:30 pm, or picked up on Saturday and returned Monday.

** Kid's snowshoes are for children less than 110 lbs.

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. 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 a weekend rental package is necessary.

- Snowshoes and cross-country skis 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.