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Outdoor Group Experiences

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  • OUW Group SUP

Group Experience Offerings

  • Looking to head out on the lake with a group? With a morning reservation, you can ensure that you have the equipment you need at the time you want it. We will send you out with an instructor and your group can explore the lake in its bright-eyed beauty, or take a bagel break at Picnic Point

    Group Size  Cost Per Adult/Hr (18+) Cost Per Youth/Hr(10-17)*
    1  $25.00  $23.00
    2  $22.00  $18.00
    3  $20.00  $15.00
    4  $18.00  $14.00
    5-24  $16.00  $13.00

     

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  • Rent the SUP Squatch, an 8-person standup paddleboard, and work as a team to propel and steer this behemoth. Whether it's a success or a navigational bust, taking this monster inflatable SUP out on Lake Mendota will be a memorable adventure.

    Cost: $40/hr
    Group Size: 4-8 people

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  • Fun and games feel fresh and exciting when you put them into action on the water. We'll work with you to determine what games will play best with your group. We can also include team building activities for those interested.

    Group Size  Cost Per Adult/Hr (18+) Cost Per outh/Hr(10-17)*
    1  $25.00  $23.00
    2  $22.00  $18.00
    3  $20.00  $15.00
    4  $18.00  $14.00
    5-24  $16.00  $13.00

     

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  • Want to learn how to paddle? Head out with an instructor on a kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard. Tips and tricks for the novice or beginner paddler will make your time on the lake more enjoyable.

    Group Size  Cost Per Adult/Hr (18+) Cost Per Youth/Hr(10-17)*
    1  $25.00  $23.00
    2  $22.00  $18.00
    3  $20.00  $15.00
    4  $18.00  $14.00
    5-24  $16.00  $13.00

     

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  • Want to do something active and outside but don't see exactly what you have in mind? The best part about working with us is that we love a good challenge. Let us know what you're looking for and we'll find a way to make it happen. We can combine aspects of the activities you see above, or we can create a program unique to your group.

    Call us at (608) 262-1630 or email ouwpaddling@union.wisc.edu to chat about options.

  • Venture out onto frozen Lake Mendota! Join us for a 2-3 hour guided snowshoe trek from Memorial Union to Picnic Point and warm up with a bonfire and refuel some s'mores. Bring your friends, family, or coworkers for a winter experience you’ll never forget!

    Group Size  Cost Per Adult/Hr (18+) Cost Per Youth/Hr(10-17)*
    1  $25.00  $23.00
    2  $22.00  $18.00
    3  $20.00  $15.00
    4  $18.00  $14.00
    5-24  $16.00  $13.00

     

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More Information

    • Please make your reservation at least 7 days in advance to ensure availability. We may be able to accommodate shorter time frames, so please call us at (608) 262-1630 to check.
    • All reservations require a 50% deposit.
    • Full payment must be made at the time of the rental.
    • Cancellations (made 24 hours in advance) will result in a credit with Outdoor UW in the amount of the 50% deposit.
    • In the case of inclement weather on the day of your reservation, our Paddling Coordinator will contact you to reschedule your reservation.
  • Group Rental Forms - Please read rental information below. Must be completed and signed by every participant in the group.

  • How Do I Find Outdoor UW?

    We are located on the lower level of Memorial Union, on the Lake Mendota shoreline, just west of the Memorial Union Terrace. Access Outdoor UW through the Memorial southwest entrance or from the shore. 

    What Should I Wear?

    As always, dress for the weather! If you're out on the lake and it's windy, bring a sweatshirt and a light waterproof jacket made to prevent you from getting wet. If it's sunny and calm, a t-shirt and swimsuit will work! Be mindful of your footwear. Shoes are not allowed on SUP boards so stash your shoes in one of our coin-operated lockers. If you plan on using a kayak or canoe, footwear is up to you. However, keep in mind that sandals are more comfortable when wet than sneakers and socks.

    What Should I Bring?

    For any type of rental, remember to bring money and your ID! If you are paddling, we recommend you bring...

    • A $1 for a day-use locker
    • Sunglasses
    • Waterproof watch
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle with clip

    And you leave...

    • Your phone. Most phones are not waterproof, and even if they are kept in a plastic bag, they will still sink if they fall into the water. However, should you wish to take your phone, you may purchase a waterproof phone pouch for $7.50 at Outdoor UW.

    We have some items for sale, such as sunscreen, snacks and beverages, water pouches, and lip balm. 

    Are Lockers Available?

    Yes! There are day-use lockers available for $1 located in the hallway right before the boathouse. 

    What If I Am Not 18?

    Youth under 18 must have a legal guardian sign a liability form in order to participate. The group leader must, however, be 18 or older.

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