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Kayak Rentals

Point Defiance Marina Kayak Rentals at Owen Beach

Weekends in April/May/September if weather permits • 12 - 6 pm
Summer 2019 opening date: May 25, 2019 (thru September 2)

  1st Hour 2 Hours 3 Hours 4 Hours 5 Hours
Single $19.00 $27.00 $35.00 $43.00 $60.00
Double $26.00 $34.00 $42.00 $50.00 $75.00

All Prices include Paddle(s), PFD, and Float Cushion.
Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card accepted.
Cash may be paid at the Boathouse Tackle Shop.

Kayaks Available for Rent (21 total kayaks)

  • Necky Looksha Tandem (6 total) Ride In
    Length 18' 1" / Width 30" / Weight 96 lbs. / Maximum Capacity 575-625 lbs.
  • Oceans Kayak Malibu 2XL Tandem Kayak Sit on Top (5 total) Ride On Top
    Length 13' 5" / Width 34" / Weight 61 lbs. / Maximum Capacity 475 lbs.
  • Old Town Sorrento 126 SK Single (11 total) Ride In
    Weight 51 lbs. / Maximum Capacity 350 lbs.

What to Bring When Renting a Kayak
You will need a driver's license or appropriate ID
$500 deposit (Credit Card).

No Cash will be collected at Owen Beach Kayak Rentals, only VISA or MC. Cash will need to be paid at the Boathouse Marina Tackle Shop.

  • Dress for the weather: wear clothes that dry quickly, sun hat, sunglasses with a strap, sunscreen, shoes that can get wet (no hard soles, sandals, or flip flops), change of clothes in a dry bag, phone in a dry bag, towel, jacket / keep all your belongings in a dry bag / a wetsuit is very nice but not required
  • Keep hydrated and your energy up: bring water bottle with water, energy drink, hardy snack.

Kayak Rental Policies

  1. Kayak rentals are at your own risk. Point Defiance Marina/Metro Parks Tacoma and staff are not responsible for personal injury or loss of property.
  2. The person renting the kayak must be 18 years or older.
  3. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  4. Maximum weight as per manufacturer's specifications.
  5. A personal floatation device is supplied and required at all times.
  6. Alcoholic beverages and pets are prohibited.
  7. Intentional capsizing or swamping the kayak is prohibited.
  8. No motors may be attached to a kayak.
  9. Do not stay on the water in the event of thunder or lightning.
  10. If the kayak capsizes it will continue to float. Hold onto the kayak and call (253) 591-7803 for help. If there is a medical emergency or injury call 911.
  11. Please dispose of litter in garbage cans at the end of your trip.
  12. Renter will be required to reimburse Point Defiance Marina/Metro Parks Tacoma for damaged or lost equipment.
  13. Rental equipment must be returend and checked by an attendant by the close of business.
  14. Kayaks are rented on a first come first serve basis.
  15. No refunds.
  16. In case of emergency call 911.
  17. Kayakers must follow vessel safety rules and stay within the boundaries designated by the attendants renting the kayak.


  • Stay clear of the ferry when kayaking to Ruston Way
  • Must stay out of boating lane and ferry lane (400 feet or less from shore)
  • Must stay 200 feet away from Point Defiance Marina fishing pier
  • Do not paddle under the Marina docks and elevators (danger of elevators and rising tides)
  • May not go North past Owen Beach Picnic Shelter
  • May go East of Slag Pile down Ruston Way no more than 400 feet from shore
  • May not go South 400 feet from shore
  • May not go West - Promenade/Beach
  • Special Permissions - highly experienced kayakers

More Info

  • Boathouse Tackle Shop (253) 404-3960
    (Year-Round Info Number)
  • Kayak Rental On Site Cell Phone (253) 278-2553
    (During Kayak Season Only - May 26, 2018 to September 2018)
  • Point Defiance Marina Boathouse Tackle Shop
    5912 N. Waterfront Dr., Tacoma, WA 98407

See you on the water soon!