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Boat Rentals 

Boat rentals are open for the season at all three of the City lakes. Rentals are available through the summer/fall and end when the water temperature dips below 60 degrees. Personal boats may be launched year-round. 

Solo Kayak            $12     1 person     Higgins, Brandt, Townsend

Tandem Kayak     $20     2 person     Higgins, Brandt, Townsend

Canoe                    $20     2 person     Higgins, Brandt

Paddleboard        $12     1 person     Brandt

*Rentals are first come, first served. Reservations are not accepted.

Age Requirements 

Renters must be age 16 or older. Youth ages 13-15 may rent a solo kayak or paddleboard with a signed waiver and must be accompanied on the water by a parent in an adjacent boat. Ages 12 and under must be in a tandem kayak or canoe with an adult. Ages 9-12 may operate a solo kayak or paddleboard if they have completed the Youth Kayak Skills Verification. For more information on youth verification read below or contact Lake Brandt at 336-373-3741.

Private Boat Launch

Visitors to the lakes can launch private kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes for $6 per boat. An annual launch permit is available for purchase. Age restrictions above extend to private boats. All boaters are required to register and pay at the marina office.

New at Lake Higgins
A boat launch that is accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Paddle Programs

Night Paddles at Lake Brandt

Come out and experience being on the lake after dark. This unique opportunity is offered every first and third Wednesday night, May through August, 8 -10 pm. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. Private boat $8, solo kayak rental $15, tandem kayak rental $22, canoe rental $22. Please call Lake Brandt to register.
                             May 2, 16      June 6, 20      July 4, 18      August 1, 15

Women's Morning Paddle

Lake Brandt will host a series of guided paddling tours for women on Friday mornings. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. Tours depart at 7:15 am from the marina. Normal boat launch and boat rental fees apply.
                              May 18      June 1, 15, 29      July 13, 27      August 10, 24

Night Paddles at Lake Higgins

Come out and experience being on the lake after dark. This unique opportunity is offered every second and fourth Wednesday night, May through August, 8 -10 pm. Bring your own boat or rent one of ours. Private boat $8, solo kayak rental $15, tandem kayak rental $22, canoe rental $22. Please call Lake Higgins to register.
                             May 9, 23      June 13, 27     July 11, 25 (full)      August 8, 22 

Friday Night Paddles at Lake Townsend

Want to try a different lake? Can't make it on Wednesdays? Come out to Lake Townsend for Friday Night Paddles. Check back for more dates to be added this summer. Bring your own boat or rent one at the lake. Private boat $8, solo kayak rental $15, tandem kayak rental $22, canoe rental $22. Please call Lake Townsend to register.
                             Friday, May 25       Friday, June 29       Friday, July 27

Youth Skills Verification

Youth ages 9-12 may operate a solo kayak or paddleboard if they have demonstrated their skills during one of our Skills Verification days at Lake Brandt. Please call Lake Brandt to schedule a time. The instructor will be available the following Saturdays between 10 am and 12 noon. 
                             May 19     June 2, 16    July 7, 21     August 4, 18