At the Buccaneer Boathouse, we want water-based recreation to be accessible to everyone.
Open Boating Hours
Checking out a canoe or kayak from the Boathouse during open boating hours is always free and open to everybody – including the public!
Beginning Saturday, April 11th:
Sunday: 9-12, 5-7
Saturday: 9-12, 5-7
The Boathouse will close when there’s bad weather. Check our Facebook and Instagram pages (listed below) for real-time updates.
Schedule a Private Event
We would love to host your student or community group at the Boathouse. You are welcome to take advantage of our grounds, yard game collection, charcoal grills, campfire pit, and (of course) boats! We provide adequate staffing for all private events to ensure the safety of your group.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or to schedule your group’s event.
No Experience Necessary
The Boathouse is the perfect place to try canoeing or kayaking for the first time. We are situated about a mile upstream from a dam on the Rock River (no, you don’t have to worry about paddling over the dam) and this makes our section of the river wide and slow-moving – aka easy to paddle.
Our friendly student-staff will teach you everything you need to know before sending you out on the water, including how to properly fit the provided life jacket, which must be worn at all times on the water.* We also have a floating dock with ADA-accessible kayak launch which makes getting onto the water a snap for everyone, including those with mobility restrictions.
*Participants weighing less than 50lbs or who cannot be properly fit in a life jacket available at the Boathouse may still use equipment, but must bring and wear their own life jacket.
A staff member must present when Boathouse equipment is being used.
In order to use Buccaneer Boathouse equipment, all persons must:
- Have an accurate Waiver on file,
- Wear a properly fitted personal flotation device (PFD) while on the water,
- Not consume or be under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, while on the water or attending activities at the Boathouse,
- Follow instructions given by Staff members, Officers, and other individuals authorized to instruct,
- Treat all persons, equipment, and facilities with respect while engaging in Boathouse activities.
Failure to abide by the aforementioned rules may result in temporary or permanent suspension of Usership privileges. The loss or damage of equipment may result in possible replacement costs, and/or fines, or temporary or permanent suspension of Usership privileges.
All participants are required to fill out a waiver to use Boathouse equipment. You may do it on site or print a copy at home and bring it with you (this gets you on the water two minutes quicker).
Beloit College Student Waiver and Non-student Waiver can be found below.
The Boathouse is located at 1876 S Riverside Drive, across the street from Taco Bell. To enter the Boathouse, follow the gravel apron. Please park on the grass. On-site sign to be installed soon!
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