Shuttles and Rentals

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Note, while this list is not complete, it is a work in progress.  And when it is done, I think it will be the closest you’ll find to an exhaustive list of Wisconsin liveries anywhere.  Some of these services offer rentals, shuttles and tours.  Rates vary, so make sure to shop around.  

Most liveries appreciate (and some require) advanced notice.  It is always a good idea to call these guys in advance as they know the rivers best and can give you the best updates as far as water levels, log jams, sandbars, how busy the river will be, best routes and river times.  If you feel one of these entries is incorrect and/or I missed one, please let me know in the comments section below!

Don’t despair if you don’t see a shuttle option for your favorite river.  Alternatives including bringing another shuttle car, doing a bike shuttle or calling a local taxi company.  Often times if you call the local tourism agency for that county/region they’ll either know the best options or who you can contact for more information.


Ahnapee River

Apostle Islands

Badfish Creek

Baraboo River - Far Upper

Baraboo River - Lower

Bark River (Northern WI)

  • Trek & Trail: 1-800-354-8735 - 7 Washington Ave. Bayfield, WI 54814

Bark River (Southern WI)

Bear River

Beaver Dam River

Big Rib River

Black River - Far Lower

Black River - Lower

Black River - Upper

Bois Brule River

Brule River

Cedar Creek

  • Silent Wake: (800) 262-9104 - W4615 County H, Fredonia WI 53021

Chippewa River 1 - Far Upper

Chippewa River 2 - Upper

Chippewa River 3 - Middle

Chippewa River 4 - Lower Middle

  • Loopy’s Grill & Saloon: 715-723-5667 - 10691 Cty Highway X/Bus. 29, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
  • Wissota Adventure: 715-723-1310 - 19234 74th Ave, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Chippewa River 5 - Lower

Crawfish River

  • Crawfish Canoe Rentals: (920) 623-2047 - W11549 Ninabuck Rd, Columbia, WI 53925-9455

Crystal River

Des Plaines River

Door County Sea Caves

Eagle River

Eau Claire River (Chippewa Tributary)

Flambeau River - Lower

Flambeau River (North Fork) - Upper

Flambeau River (South Fork)

Fox River - Extreme Far Upper

Fox River - Far Upper

Galena (AKA Fever) River

Grant River

Illinois Fox River

  • Fox River Canoe Adventures: 262-332-1525 - Waterford Wisconsin
  • Fox River Landing: 262-662-5690 - 31421 Bridge Dr, Waterford, WI 53185
  • Tichigan Trails: 262-662-5081 - 6660 Channel Rd, Waterford, 53185
  • Tip A Canoe: (262) 342-1012 - 8213 Wheatland Rd, Burlington, WI 53105

Jump River

Kickapoo River - Lower

Kickapoo River - Upper

Kickapoo River - West Fork

Kinnickinnic River

La Crosse River - Lower

La Crosse River - Upper

Lake Mendota

  • Madison Boats: (608) 233-5332 - 824 Knickerbocker St., Madison WI 53711

Lake Michigan

  • Silent Wake: (800) 262-9104 - W4615 County H, Fredonia WI 53021

Lake Monona

  • Madison Boats: (608) 233-5332 - 824 Knickerbocker St., Madison WI 53711

Lake Redstone

Lake Wingra

  • Madison Boats: (608) 233-5332 - 824 Knickerbocker St., Madison WI 53711

Lemonweir River - Lower

  • Country Cruisin’ Canoes & Kayaks: 608-548-4280 - N4001 19th Ave, Mauston, WI 53948

Little Wolf River

Manitowish River

Manitowoc River

Mecan River

Menomonie River

Milwaukee River - Lower

Milwaukee River - Upper

  • Silent Wake: (800) 262-9104 - W4615 County H, Fredonia WI 53021
  • West Bend Parks-Recreation: (262) 335-5080 - 1115 S Main St, West Bend, WI 53095

Mink River

Mondeaux River

Montreal River

Mukwanago River

Namekagon River - Lower

Namekagon River - Upper

Paint River

Pecatonica River

Peshtigo River - Lower

Peshtigo River - Upper

Pewaukee River

Pike River

  • Mt. Jed’s Camping & Canoeing: 715-757-2406 - W13364 County Road C, Silver Cliff, WI 54104

Pine River - Menomonie Tributary

Pine River - Richland Center Area

Popple River

Red Cedar River

Rock River - Upper

Root River

  • REC: 262-595-2912 - 1301 W 6th St, Racine, WI 53404, USA

Sheboygan River

  • Thill Marine: (920) 452-1814 - 823 S Commerce St Sheboygan, WI 53081

Silver Creek

Spring Creek

St. Croix River - Lower

St. Croix River - Upper

Suamico River

Sugar River

Teal River

Tomahawk River

Trempealeau River - Lower

  • Safe House Bar & Grill: (608) 539-4001 - N20281 County Road J, Dodge, WI 54625

Trout River

Turtle River

Waupaca River

White River

Wingra Creek

  • Madison Boats: (608) 233-5332 - 824 Knickerbocker St., Madison WI 53711

Wisconsin River - Camp New Wood to Lokemoen Road

Wisconsin River - Castle Rock Lake to Upper Dells

  • Country Cruisin’ Canoes & Kayaks: 608-548-4280 - N4001 19th Ave, Mauston, WI 53948
  • Point Bluff Resort: 608-253-6181 - 3199 Hwy Z Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
  • Vertical Illusions: 608-253-2500 - 2433 Dells Parkway Wisconsin Dells, Wi. 53965

Wisconsin River - Cty D to McNaughton

Wisconsin River - Lac Vieux Desert

Wisconsin River - Lower Dells

Wisconsin River - Muscoda to Wyalusing

Wisconsin River - Otto Rapids Dam to County O

Wisconsin River - Portage to Lake Wisconsin

Wisconsin River - Prairie du Sac to Arena

Wolf River

Yahara River

Yellow River

Yellow River Iowa

18 Comments to “Shuttles and Rentals”

  1. Hi,

    Vertical Illusions is an outfitter for Kayak and Canoe rentals in Wisconsin Dells. We do the Upper and the Lower Wisconsin Dells on the Wisconsin River. We have been in business for 10 years. I just noticed we are not listed as a provider on your page.

    Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

    Thank you,
    Easton Dreher
    Vertical illusions

  2. Hi Aaron,

    I just wanted to let you know we have a new location covering the Baraboo River and would appreciate listing it. Also, I noticed the link for our main location on the Lower Wisconsin seems to be broken.


    Wisconsin Canoe Company – Baraboo
    1660 Water St. Baraboo, WI
    (608) 729-3383

    1. Thanks Ryan for the update. I’ve added your business to the Lower Baraboo and updated your website link.

  3. Was hoping to get listed for Jacksonport, Wisconsin the caves up in door county. We are right around the corner from cave point.
    Cave Point Paddle & Pedal
    (920) 473-4051

  4. Hi, I would like to get Listed for Waukesha county Wisconsin.

    We run a kayak and canoe tour/shuttle service.

    Our 3 Tour locations are:
    Bark River – Delafield WI
    Pewaukee River into Fox river – Pewaukee WI
    Mukwanago River into Fox river – Mukwonago WI

    We have a 15 passenger shuttle bus, shuttling customers to the launch, picking them up and returning them to their vehicles.

    We offer Old Town canoes and Kayaks, or shuttle only.
    262 424 9805

  5. Just an FYI: Living Adventure listed under the Apostles section is no longer open. They just closed up shop and retired this year after having a party and massive sale of all their equipment.

    1. That’s horrible…they were one of the better livery options for the islands. Appreciate the update…I’ll tweak my listings.

  6. We use Drift Away Paddle Company for shuttles and rentals of kayaks and tubes. They meet customers at Murwin Park in Fulton (Rock County) and take them to the put in at the old Stebbinsville damn location. Great company! Very accommodating!
    Drift Away Paddle Company 1(608) 295-4348

    1. The list is over 10 years old…but has been randomly updated throughout the years. I can guarantee it’s not 100% up-to-date though. Always confirm availability of the livery service before committing to a trip.

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