Your Northern Illinois Paddlesports Rental Headquarters

Summer is the best time to get out and explore new places and things! Rocktown Adventures offers on-site and off-site paddlesports rentals which allow you to take advantage of the abundance of scenic creeks, rivers and lakes in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

There is more to paddling than simply pulling a blade through the water. Here at Rocktown Adventures we want to provide a safe, enjoyable, and memorable paddling experience for you. To help us help you achieve that, we kindly request you take 15 short minutes to review the Canoe and Kayak Safety video courtesy of Rental Boat Safety.

Rental Options & Pricing:

Canoes

Canoes

Paddlesport rentals include: Kayak/Canoe/Stand Up Paddleboard, Paddle, and PFD (life jacket). PFDs must be worn at all times. If looking to rent for more than 3 days, please call the store closest to you for pricing.

  2 Hours ½ Day Full Day 1+ Days
Single Kayaks/SUPs $30 $40 $55 $30
Tandems/Canoes $45 $55 $65 $45
Fishing Kayaks $35 $45  $60  $40
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On-site rentals: For use at the Rocktown Adventures’ launches on the Fox River in Aurora, IL or the Rock River in Rockford, IL. Simply come to the store, and we walk you and the equipment to the river to launch you for your on-water adventure!

Off-site rentals: For use on any body of water and are subject to availability. You must have the proper rack or trailer to transport offsite.
(Unfortunately at this time we are unable to rent racks and trailers.)
We deliver rentals and provide shuttle services for an additional fee

On-site rentals: For use at the Rocktown Adventures’ launches on the Fox River in Aurora, IL or the Rock River in Rockford, IL. Simply come to the store, and we walk you and the equipment to the river to launch you for your on-water adventure!

  • Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult on the water
  • Vessel capacity Limit: 3 people (age/weight dependent)
  • Walk-ins always welcome, but we can not guarantee availability
  • Youth rentals (12 and under) paddling their own vessel on-site are half price!
    (Does not apply for off-site or large group rentals)
  • Individual Reservations – Advance payment required
  • Group Reservations – Non-refundable 50% deposit required

Shuttle Options & Pricing:

Shuttles are an Additional Fee from equipment rental – 24 hour notice required and based on availability (Weekend shuttles are limited)
Please Contact Us before you plan on a shuttle so we can prepare accordingly. Thank You!


Fox River  
Shuttle Start Point: Downtown Aurora Store

  • $10/ Person: North Aurora (dam) 
         -1 – 1.5 hour paddle
  • $15/Person: Glenwood Forest Preserve (Batavia, IL)
         – 2 – 2.5 hour paddle
         – Requires portage around North Aurora dam

Fox River shuttles are available on the below listed dates and times. Registration is required, walk ups are not guaranteed a seat on a shuttle. Weekend shuttles may not be available based on other events. Shuttle availability will be posted on our events calendar.

  • Tues – Fri: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00
  • Sat: 10:30, 12:00, 1:30
  • Sun: 11:30, 1:00

Rock River 
Shuttle Start Point: Downtown Rockford Store

  • $5/ person – Martin Park
         – 1-1.5 hour paddle
  • $10/ person – SportsCore II
         – 1.5-2 hour paddle
  • $15/ person – Harlem Street
         – 2-2.5 hour paddle

Kishwaukee River
Start and End point: Atwood Park, New Milford

  • $10/ person: Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve
         – 1.5-2 hour paddle
  • $10/ person: Espenscheid Forest Preserve
         – 2-2.5 hour paddle
  • $15/ person: Bauman Park (Cherry Valley)
         – 2.5-3 hour paddle

Other shuttle locations available by request
Paddle time-frames
 are an estimate based on river water levels and current flow