Kayak Pittsburgh


Welcome back!

Kayak Pittsburgh is open daily in August at both our North Shore and North Park locations.

Weather and Water Conditions Permitting!

Monday through Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Last boats at 6:30 PM)

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Last boats at 6:30 PM)

North Shore will be open every day in September, weekends only in October.
North Park will be open Thursday – Sunday in September, and weekends only in October.


Buy a Fall Season Pass now for only $65 (good 7 days a week at both locations) or $50 (Student/Senior, good weekdays at  both locations) online or in-person.

See you soon!



Kayak Pittsburgh is renting kayaks for the South Side Outside Festival, presented by SUP3 Rivers on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Rentals are $35 – please contact us at kayakpittsburgh@ventureoutdoors.org or 412.255.0564 x.233.

Full details on South Side Outside Festival can be found on their website.


Kayak Pittsburgh a project of Venture Outdoors

Our kayaks are flat-water kayaks which are longer and more stable than the whitewater kayaks which come to mind for most people. We like to describe flat-water kayaks as being similar to canoes but easier to steer. I’m sure you have seen our bright yellow kayaks navigating the three rivers in the heart of Pittsburgh. We opened for business in 2004, and we have continued to expand our fleet and add new locations to make it possible for EVERYONE to get on the water!

Kayaking is easy to learn and is great for beginners. No experience is necessary and most folks learn how to manage a kayak in 10 to 15 minutes.

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  • Beginner Bike Ride Series of Yesteryear

    August 31, 2015

    Elizabeth Bloom, a Harvard graduate, spent the summer of 2012 in Pittsburgh and shared this story of her experience attending Venture Outdoors’ Beginner Bike Ride Series. This article was later featured in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in September 2012.


    By: Elizabeth Bloom

    At the first session of the beginners’ biking course I took through Venture Outdoors last month, our leader, Joe, asked the group to introduce ourselves. Besides our names (Liz) and neighborhoods (Bloomfield), he told us to share our motivation for enrolling in a remedial biking course, which assumed basic skills but would take us through flat trails along the North Shore and instruct us in elementary bicycle maintenance.

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  • Butterflies Galore!

    August 16, 2015

    By: David Bennett, Volunteer Trip LeaderButterflyOn a beautiful morning in Mt Washington’s Emerald View Park, 11 Venture Outdoors participants and leaders gathered to take part in the North American Butterfly Association’s National Butterfly Count. Joseph Reznik, a local Biologist, helped to organize and lead the count, which he calls an expression of Citizen Science. It’s exciting when ordinary people gather to learn the science of sustainability and also know that the data they collect will be aggregated in a national database that will help scientists learn more about how to protect butterfly species.  Butterflies are very sensitive to environmental changes and are good early indicators of environmental problems.

     » Read more about: Butterflies Galore!  »

  • 335+ Miles from Pittsburgh to DC!

    August 6, 2015

    By: Nancy Latimer, Volunteer Trip Leader

    Nancy3Well the poster children for VO have continued their adventures. Last year I wrote about how Nancy and I had started hiking with VO years ago and we progressed to completing a week-long backcountry backpacking trip at the Grand Canyon. Well after a foot injury sidelined me for hiking we took up biking. VO to the rescue again with local bike trips including the riverfront trails, segments of the Great Allegheny Passage, and bike clinics to help us with basic repairs. We trained all spring and in June completed the 335+ mile ride from Pittsburgh to DC on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the C&O Towpath.

     » Read more about: 335+ Miles from Pittsburgh to DC!  »

  • Adaptive Paddling Workshop

    July 30, 2015


    Hi, my name is Mike Adams. Four days of a physical and emotional roller coaster ride, and I’ve safely landed a new person.  Please allow me to walk you (or paddle you) through the process of change that occurred over the Four-Day ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop hosted by Venture Outdoors in conjunction with Dynamic Paddlers.

    Rewind to the day before the class; as the Senior Site Supervisor of Kayak Pittsburgh I had a lot of expectations to live up to.

    Day 1 was all classroom.  We spent most of the day learning the core concepts of adaptive paddling. 

     » Read more about: Adaptive Paddling Workshop  »

  • Professional Adventurists – Our Trip Leader Specialists

    July 13, 2015

    By: Iris Bejgrowicz, Trip Leader Specialist

    A few weeks ago, we were introduced to the first batch of our trip leader specialists. Now, it is time to introduce the remaining three! Say hello to the rest of the Summer 2015 Trip Leader Specialist team:

    Alex KeimAlex Keim

    From the land of ice and lake effect snow (Erie), Alex has joined the team after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communications. Our mission of getting everyone outdoors is one that Alex believes in, and can have fun with too. Alex has been leading and assisting trips in kayaking,

     » Read more about: Professional Adventurists – Our Trip Leader Specialists  »

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Both locations are open for both kayak and bike rentals.

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Featured Outing

Hartwood Acres

Autumn Equinox Hike

September 23, 2015

Fall is here and with it comes the cool nights! We’re going to celebrate the sun’s position over the equator with a night hike around Hartwood Acres. We will wind along the wooded trails and view the star-studded sky while enjoying the first autumn evening of the year. This outing is dog friendly!