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 quarter for a coin locker
- Waterproof watch
- 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 coin-operated lockers located in the hallway right before the boathouse. If you do not have quarters, we can break a dollar. (Sorry, we cannot accept debit/credit payment in exchange for quarters.)
What If I Am Not 18 Or Want To Take My Child Out?
Youth under 16 must but accompanied in a paddle craft by a legal guardian who has signed a liability form. Youth 16 and 17 are able to take out individual watercraft as long as they are with a parent or guardian and the parent or guardian signs their liability form.
How Will I Know When My Paddling Rental Session Is Up?
It is advised that you bring a waterproof watch with you on the water! If you don't have one, ask our staff to help you determine how far you can paddle in about an hour.