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Outdoor UW

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Home of the Wisconsin Hoofers

Outdoor UW is your outlet to the outdoors. Experience the beauty of Madison from Lake Mendota. And if getting out on the lake doesn't satisfy your craving for adventure, Outdoor UW offers lots of opportunities to get out of Madison and explore the great outdoors.

Hours & Location

Paddling rentals are closed for the season. Tent rentals are still available.
Oct 15 - Dec 15: open Mon - Fri, 12 - 6:30pm
Thanksgiving Break Hours:
Thursday, 11/26 - Sunday, 11/29: Closed.

Check the current lake conditions. Outdoor UW rents paddle craft on green flag days only.

Memorial Union, Lower Level
800 Langdon St., Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-1630

Outdoor Rentals

Outdoor Rentals

The quickest way to get out on Lake Mendota is in a canoe or kayak, or on a standup paddleboard. Don't have your sea legs? Satisfy your need for nature, stars, and s'mores anytime with a tent rental!


Wisconsin Basecamp

Wisconsin Basecamp

New Badgers connect with other new students on a Wisconsin Basecamp summer canoeing or backpacking expedition before they move in and start classes. 


Wisconsin Hoofers

Wisconsin Hoofers

Members of the six Wisconsin Hoofers clubs love spending time together outdoors. Wisconsin Hoofers can access specific outdoor equipment, go on planned excursions, and further their skills with outdoor education and skill-based classes.