The sport of stand-up paddle boarding has made its way to Wisconsin, and a number of outfitters have stand-up paddleboards available to rent.
The roots of the sport can be traced back to the invention of a Wisconsinite! Tom Blake's 1926 invention of the hollow surfboard and his addition of a stabilizing fin to the bottom of the board created a foundation for the board now used in the sport that is becoming so popular today!
Here are some places across the state where you can try stand-up paddle boarding, sometimes referred to by the acronym SUP, for some fun on the water this summer.
A Northwoods sporting goods store of clothing and equipment for more than 20 years, this family owned and operated business has everything you need to keep up with the latest in water sports including the new popular sport of stand-up paddle boarding.
Their stand-up paddle boards are available for rental in Boulder Junction and just north of Minocqua by the day, three days or for a week at a time.
This outfitter and guide service operates within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Their extensive range of services and rental options ensure your needs are met for whatever sort of stand-up paddle boarding adventure you envision. They offer shuttles to the local beach, a rental shuttle service that will drop the boards off somewhere you choose and even universal roof rental racks so you can transport the boards on top of your own vehicle.
Try one of their stand-up paddle board classes from beginning essentials to stand-up paddle board yoga!
Florence County is home to more than 265 lakes and 165 miles of river, and Wild Rivers Adventure Company is ready to rent you the equipment you need to get out to explore them!
While the name may hint at a little bumpier ride than you were planning, they do carry stand-up paddle boards perfect for use by beginner to intermediate level paddlers in calm water conditions. Grab the whole family and rent boards for the hour, half day, full day, two days, three days or a full week.
Gordy’s has been helping visitors enjoy Lake Geneva and everything the area has to offer since 1955. Offering everything from boat sales to a waterfront bar and restaurant, Gordy’s has it all, and that includes stand-up paddle boards for rent!
Before you take the board out for a paddle, you will be given safety instructions and tips. If you fall in love, rental fees can be applied toward the purchase of your own stand-up paddle board!
Rutabaga Paddlesport Shop – Monona
This is a great place to rent a stand-up paddle board for the first time and take an introductory class on how to use it. If you would like to take your stand-up paddle board to another area lake, half, full and multiple day rentals are available.
Mirror Lake State Park Rentals – Baraboo
Take in the scenery of one of the geological wonders of the state of Wisconsin while paddling across the calm waters of Mirror Lake aboard your rental stand-up paddle board. Rentals are available through Mirror Lake State Park Rentals, located within Mirror Lake State Park, by the hour, four hours, or full day.
The lake is a “no wake zone,” so you are sure to enjoy the sights of the sandstone bluffs while learning to use your paddle board without the worry of fast-moving boat traffic or rough waters.