Kayak Pittsburgh


DUE TO UNSAFE WATER CONDITIONS – There is no kayaking at North Shore today (July 2). Bike rentals are available at North Shore. North Park is open for kayak rentals.

Welcome back!

Kayak Pittsburgh is now open daily for the 2015 season at both our North Shore and North Park locations.

Monday through Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Last boats at 7:00 PM)

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Last boats at 7:00 PM)

Weather and Water Conditions Permitting!

See you soon!


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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  • Professional Adventurists – Our Trip Leader Specialists

    June 29, 2015

    As we are well into our 2015 summer season, many members of Venture Outdoors may have already seen some our new Trip Leader Specialists out and about whether they’ve been leading trips, baiting hooks at TriAnglers, or at some of our Free Member Social Outings, like July’s Free Family Fishing Derby outing! All of our Trip Leader Specialists are multi-talented and bring unique perspectives to our organization. If you haven’t had a chance to meet in person yet, allow us to introduce you to a few of our new staff members.

    TLS of the Month: Eric Schnitter

    EricJune’s TLS of the month is recognized for his hard work and willingness to jump into programs in a pinch.

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

  • We’re #1! PA’s Rails to Trails System

    June 22, 2015

    by: Jacob Very, Program Administrator

    RailsMany of us are familiar with the rails to trails system in our area; the most notable being the Great Allegheny Passage that stretches from our fair city of Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. to complete a 335 mile bike path. Did you know that Pennsylvania actually has the most Rails-to-Trails in the entire country? With an astonishing 170 trails already established (and more in process), PA is a whopping 52 trails ahead of the second-place state – Michigan with 118.

    All 50 states have some kind of Rails-to-Trails presence. Originally,

     » Read more about: We’re #1! PA’s Rails to Trails System  »

  • Tyke Hikes and Silly Strolls

    June 15, 2015

    By: Iris Bejgrowicz, Trip Leader Specialist

    Tyke 2Kids inspire fresh and creative ways of interacting with the world…that’s why Venture Outdoors is excited to offer such a variety of family-friendly programs for the families with tykes in tow.  From exploring the outdoors on Tyke Hikes to hula-hooping in the Open Streets, Venture Outdoors continues to connect children to the great outdoors.


    Tyke Hikes: fostering a love of the great outdoors at an early age!

    TykeTyke 1Our spring programs have been off to a great start this year with the annual Tyke Hike Bunny Hunt in Schenley Park to kick off April.

     » Read more about: Tyke Hikes and Silly Strolls  »

  • Floating ‘neath the Strawberry Moon

    June 8, 2015

    by Judi Vitale, Volunteer Trip Leader

    Untitled 1It was cold for a June night, maybe 65 degrees or so at sundown. But hey – it’s strawberry season, and this kind of cool air only serves to make those juicy red orbs stay fresh and firm for a little while longer. A layer of fog can be good for the berries, and there is absolutely no doubt that a trip out on the water under the full moon is the perfect way to nurture the soul.  Given the options of staying young and soothin g my spirit, I had no problem donning an extra layer of waterproof clothing and coming out to assist Trip Leader Mary Lynn Marsico for VO’s Strawberry Moon Float at North Park Lake.

     » Read more about: Floating ‘neath the Strawberry Moon  »

  • TriAnglers – Reeling ‘Em In!

    June 2, 2015

    FREE Weekly Fishing with the TriAnglersJohn Force

    By: Lora Hutelmyer, June 2015

    Over the past few weeks, the TriAnglers have had huge success in catching fish in the Allegheny River!  The 2015 participants of TriAnglers, Venture Outdoors’ FREE summer weekly fishing program, have already caught a wide variety of over 30 freshwater fish including smallmouth bass, rock bass, carp, catfish, drum, smallmouth buffalo and even a rainbow trout.

    Among the most notable catches include: a 22” Buffalo caught by John Force (Northside); a 21.5” catfish caught by William Reeder (Bethel Park), and a 19” carp caught by Judy Bluemle (Crafton). 

     » Read more about: TriAnglers – Reeling ‘Em In!  »

Kayak Pittsburgh

Kayak Pittsburgh

DUE TO UNSAFE WATER CONDITIONS – There is no kayaking at North Shore today (July 3); bike rentals are available. North Park IS open for kayak rentals.

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Neighborhood Hiking Series

Explore and learn about eight of Pittsburgh’s finest neighborhoods with these moderately paced hikes on June 8, June 18, July 6, July 21, August 3, and August 20.