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Even dogs love kayaking! Come check out our Puppy Paddle at our new Monroe Harbor location every Saturday starting at noon. You'll have your choice of taking out a sit-on-top kayak, recreational kayak (tandem or single) or a paddle board for a one-hour paddle on Lake Michigan. And your dog can ride with you! So if you have a doggie life jacket, bring it! Urban Kayaks' staff will be on the water guiding the group. Cost is $45 per person/puppy, and for every ticket sold, Urban Kayaks will donate $15 to Chicago Canine Rescue. Our Puppy Paddle partner, Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., will have giveaways. After the paddle, hang out at Monroe Harbor and play with the pups. Wear a bathing suit and expect to get wet!

More Details and our FAQ Page

  • Arrival Time: Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to check in and stow anything you may not want to bring on the water
  • Approximate Time: One hour on the water with your pup and an instructor.
  • Launch Site: This event will be held at our Monroe Harbor location
  • How to Dress: Expect to get wet, maybe even fall in. So wear a swimsuit!
  • More Details: Please bring your own puppy life jacket if you have one.

Recent Tours

"Choose Urban Kayaks and have fun! As a long time Chicagoan I can attest to how unbeatable the views are of the city from this experience."

- Liam A

"This is an experience that should not be missed.  It was an amazing way to see the city."

- Amber S

"The views are insanely beautiful and romantic. You see the buildings from a new perspective and get the history behind them. I loved hearing the stories and seeing it all. A great experience."

- Harini P

Fequently Asked Questions and our Faq Page

What should I wear?
Beach clothing is ideal. A bathing suit, sandals, hat, and sunglasses work well. Don't forget sunscreen.
Do you provide lockers/ storage to keep valuables safe and dry?
Yes. Locker rentals are available on site for a minimal fee. Free open air cubbies are also available. Additionally, Built into every kayak is a storage hatch where you are able to store some belongings. Please keep in mind this storage hatch is not 100% waterproof. Additionally, we have customer changing rooms on site for your convenience.
How much weight can the kayaks hold?
A single kayak holds one person and has a weight capacity of up to 300 lbs. A tandem kayak can hold one or two people and has a weight capacity of up to 550 lbs.
Should I bring my camera/ phone?
Well, this is a tricky one. On one hand you will get a unique "ducks eye" view of the city while paddling, however you will also get wet. Keeping your camera in a waterproof bag while paddling works well. Bring everything at your own risk.