Kayak Pittsburgh

Kayak Pittsburgh

Kayak Pittsburgh is a kayaking rental concession owned and operated by Venture Outdoors. With three convenient locations, you can choose to kayak the three rivers in the heart of Pittsburgh or enjoy the serene scenes of North Park Lake. We pride ourselves in giving you the best customer service to make your on-water experience unforgettable. No experience is necessary and most folks learn how to manage a kayak in 10 to 15 minutes.

If you are looking for guided trips, more instruction, or more of a social format, check out Venture Outdoors’ programs: guided trips include beginner paddles, fireworks paddles, full moon paddles and more!

Win a Free Kayak at Kayak Pittsburgh!

Visit us at our Aspinwall Riverfront Park location between August 8th through the end of the season for a chance to win a free Kayak.

In partnership with 3 Rivers Outdoor Co., Kayak Pittsburgh will be giving one lucky individual a free kayak! All you have to do is come and kayak with us at our Aspinwall Riverfront Park location! Every time you do, your name will be entered to win a Squall GTS touring kayak!

Contest runs from August 8th through the end of the kayak season.

The kayak, a Squall GTS, has been generously donated by 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. 3 Rivers Outdoor Co. is locally own outdoor shop in Regent Square that provides new, used, and rental outdoor equipment and apparel for all types of outdoor experiences. Their informed team of staff are passionate to get outdoors hiking, biking, backpacking, and kayaking, and would love to help you get outside too.

  • Must reserve kayak in advance.
  • Contest only good for kayak rentals at Aspinwall Riverfront Park.
  • If you cancel, your name is not entered.
  • If we cancel for weather, your name is not entered.
  • Must complete at least one 1-hour trip.
  • Every time you register and complete a one hour trip, your name will be entered into the drawing. Only one name, the name listed on the credit card, will be entered per reservation party (ie. booking four kayaks enters only one name).

COVID-19 Update


You must book a reservation prior to your visit with Kayak Pittsburgh.

Our North Park and Aspinwall Riverfront Park locations are currently open and taking pre-registration to reserve kayaks.  The North Shore location 2020 opening is TBD.


Kayak season will close on September 27, 2020.

We hope to offer kayak programming this summer as soon as we are able to do so safely.

The 2020 season pass will be valid for the entirety of the season. If you paid for a 2020 season pass before May 8, 2020 you will also receive 25% off the 2021 season pass.

Kayak Pittsburgh will provide additional updates regarding an opening timeline and/or any additional delays through channels which include;

  • Updates on the Venture Outdoors Facebook page and Kayak Pittsburgh Facebook page
  • Email sent to Venture Outdoors members, Kayak Pittsburgh season holders, and Kayak Pittsburgh customers
  • Updates on the Venture Outdoors website homepage
  • Opening dates and/or relevant locational specific updates on all Kayak Pittsburgh voicemails

The safety of Kayak Pittsburgh customers and staff is our top priority. We will follow the recommendations provided by the state in addition to the Center for Disease Control’s sanitation guidelines. We will implement the following at all locations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • We will reduce the capacity of customers on site to encourage social distancing and adequate cleaning protocols.
  • We will implement a contactless check-in process with no exchange of collateral or funds.
  • The gear-up process has been revamped to provide minimal exchanges and reduction of physical touch.
  • Paddles and watercraft will follow a sanitation regiment after each customer.
  • Lifejackets will have a one-use cycle before being sanitized with warm water and soap.
  • High touchpoint areas will be routinely sanitized.
  • All employees will be masked throughout your time with us.
  • Sanitizer will be provided for customers and staff at each level of interaction.

We’re here to answer any additional questions you might have. You can contact us through email at kayakpittsburgh@ventureoutdoors.org

3 Locations

North Park

Pre-registration required

Will Close September 27, 2020

10301 Pearce Mill Rd
Allison Park, PA 15101
(412) 337-8347

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North Shore

2020 Open TBD

1 Federal St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 337-1519

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Pre-registration Required

Will Close September 27, 2020

285 River Ave
Aspinwall, PA 15215
(412) 389-2445

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