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Kayak Rentals at Sojourner Truth Park



If you’re eager to get out on the water and explore the Wallkill River, you’re going to need a kayak or canoe. Look no further than New Paltz Kayaking Rentals as your trusted source for kayak rentals in New Paltz. But, we don’t stop there. We also offer kayaking tours, and bike, and fishing equipment rentals. If you’re ready for adventure in New Paltz, NY, we’ve got you covered.

Kayak or canoe along the Wallkill River with our New Paltz Kayaking rentals. Experience a 2 hour guided tour of the Chodikee Lake/Black Creek Nature Preserve on our Friday Sunset paddle. Whether you’ve never been in a kayak before or you’re a seasoned pro, we’ve got a kayak or canoe for you. If you’re adventuring alone, with your family, or with a big group, our team will get your crew outfitted and ready for a safe and fun journey.

We provide the best kayak rentals in the area. Relax and enjoy the fresh air of the river and let us handle the heavy lifting when you choose us for your kayak rentals in New Paltz.

Our rates are affordable and our reviews are remarkable. Book an experience you’ll never forget with New Paltz Kayaking Rentals today!

Kayak Rentals

Located at 31 Plains Rd. in New Paltz, we offer kayak and canoe rentals on the Wallkill River. Kid friendly and pet friendly

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Join us on a 2 Hour Sunset Paddle and explore one of Ulster County’s best kept secrets. Chodikee Lake is a peaceful nature preserve with abundant wildlife. You will experience a peaceful paddle along Black Creek where you will likely see otter dams, blue heron, turtles and a variety of native birds.

Kayak Rental Equipment

Wilderness Systems Aspire 100

Kayak Rental Location

New Paltz Kayaking provides kayak, canoe and row boat rentals in Sojourner Truth Park located on Plains Rd. in New Paltz, NY. 

    New Paltz Bike Rentals

    E-bike rentals & more

    Looking for other outdoor activities in the area? We also offer e-bike rentals and bike rentals in New Paltz at the River-to-Ridge Trail Head at 41 Springtown Road. There are many biking trails to and enjoy throughout New Paltz. We provide helmets with all rentals, and we have various sizes of bikes for adults and children, as well as bike trailers. Looking for an epic bike adventure? Check out our E-Bike Experiences available on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

    Frequently asked questions

    Do we get picked up down river?
    No, you start and end at the same location. The river current is easy going, so going either direction is not a problem.
    Is there a place to get out or pull over for food/drink?
    The banks of the river are steep and muddy. We ask that you stay in your boats at all times. The park where you launch is the perfect place to picnic before or after your kayak outing.
    Is there free parking?
    The parking is free but limited. We recommend you arrive early to secure a free spot next to the boat launch.
    Is there a place to use the bathroom?
    The park does have porta potties. (Kayaks only)
    Can we go swimming?
    We ask that you stay in the kayaks at all times.
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    What a lovely and easy experience! I rented a kayak for an hour and saw wonderful views on a fall day and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I can’t wait to go out again before the weather gets too cold.

    Amanda Law

    Our group had an awesome time during our 2 hr booking and I would gladly come back to this spot in the future—very reasonable prices and a beautiful spot for kayaking.

    Brooke Dexter

    Two moms and 4 kids ages 11-15, all amateur kayakers. This was fantastic! Very easy booking and great experience overall. We did this on a weekday so social distancing was no problem. You can see their disinfecting set up and boats were very clean & bug free. Beautiful views! Just make sure kayaks in your group don’t leave shore until they explain the shape of the river and landmarks that indicate when it’s halfway and time to turnaround.

    Barbara Weinstein

    Craig makes the kayaking experience smooth and easy, while keeping the boats moving. Add local recommendations and a well-maintained craft, quality overall experience!

    Joseph Cavera

    Perfect place for those who already know how to use a paddle. Calm and still water, quiet surroundings. A++

    Анатолий Вишнёв

    Wonderful experience. We had such a great time. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Looking forward to coming back!

    helena nanda

    Easy reservation online and beautiful day to be out on the water. Everything was provided and they gave tips for which direction to go depending on what one wanted to see. First time trying kayaking, but definitely will try it again.

    Christine Taylor

    My experience was AMAZING. Craig is a saint (thank you again)! My wife and I chose a canoe. He asked us a few questions and recommended the tandem kayak after finding out that I’m terrified of boats. He said that the tandem kayak had better stability and would therefore provide a more comfortable experience.

    I calmed down and had so much fun!

    The only thing I’d recommend is going when it’s cloudy/ not extremely sunny. You can get cooked!

    He was wonderful, understanding and soooo patient. I can’t wait to come back!

    Basia Leon

    Friendly staff. The boats are in great condition and the river is very calm and peaceful.

    William L

    I have always wanted to go kayaking and finally got to experience it today with friends! We had an overall amazing time and Craig was super nice and very helpful in teaching us how to get started. The scenery was beyond beautiful and the water was very nice and calm. My friends and I were very thankful for the experience and already want to go again!

    Coco Pietro

    Awesome!!! Fabulous online booking, super friendly helpful staff, good equipment, and gorgeous mellow river. This is my new go-to canoe rental place!


    Splendid jibs, legs snug in the wee cocoon. And the wavering trees!

    Scott Indrisek

    My friends and I had a fantastic time kayaking with New Paltz Kayaking! It’s a really nice river and good, clean equipment. The owners are absolutely lovely too. We arrived at closing and they still let us go out for an hour, which was incredibly cool of them. Really great experience over all, I highly recommend!


    My boyfriend and I took out a tandem kayak. The view was stunning, the people there were very friendly and it was a fair price. I was going to book in advance, but did not as the weather was unpredictable. We showed up randomly and were able to go out right away. There are a bunch of tables right by the river where you can bring lunch. It was overall a great experience and I highly recommend this location for a nice peaceful day out.

    Bronte More

    A great spot for some peaceful and beautiful kayaking!!! Craig was super helpful getting us set up and showing us what we needed to know, he even gave us some great recommendations for hiking spots to check out!!

    Emma Black

    Forget about hauling your own kayak…they are equipped with all you need!! Craig was very easy going, taught us how to properly use the oars and gave us a few safety tips. In less than 15 minutes, we were out on the Walkill River and had a great time. Serene with great views!! We will coming back!!

    Arleen Sepulveda

    Highly highly recommend this for anyone in the area looking to just get out on the water. Craig was great and super friendly. My girlfriend and I had a nice relaxing time out on the river.

    William Jenkins

    Excellent time!! Craig was very considerate and helpful to this first timer! Can’t wait to do it again!


    Craig at New Paltz outfitted our foursome last Friday. Craig treated us well and was supportive and positive all day.

    Craig was the only outfitter out of 15 that we called who would open up for us and provide great service on a Friday this time of year.

    The individuals in our group came from a range of paddle backgrounds. Our illustrator friend from NYC, Tom Lintern, had not paddled a single sit-in kayak before. Craig gave our friend a super useful 4 minute clinic on the ins and outs of paddling a craft equal parts technical and recreational.

    Everything worked out great! Tom was killing the S-curves all day.
    Thanks Craig!!!


    Joshua Fox

    We rented 6 kayaks as a family, and had a blast on the Wallkill. Craig is very friendly, and helped everyone feel comfortable. Our group ranged from age 5 – 71, and this was an excellent family bonding experience. On another day, we rented bikes from Craig through the River 2 Trail in New Paltz, making stops along Water Street Market and Wallkill Market.

    Add all of these destinations to your weekend adventure in New Paltz, and you’ll definitely make memories together! Highly recommended.

    Millie Wang