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Outdoor UW Private Event FAQs

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    • 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.
    • Private events are non-refundable unless weather conditions prohibit safe activity. 50% of deposits are transferrable to later dates if cancellation is necessary. 
    • In the case of inclement weather on the day of your reservation, our Group Experience Leader or Outdoor UW Manager 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 day locker at Outdoor UW.

    We have some items for sale, such as sunscreen, snacks and beverages, eyeglass retainers, 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 be 18 or older. Any youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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