River Recreation

Wichita Park and Recreation is activating the river with exciting river adventures and a whole new way to experience downtown Wichita! We offer a variety of ways to kayak on the river and at Watson Park from leisurely rentals to river tours.

Self-Service Kayak Rentals (closed until Spring)

KayakSelfServicePer the terms of the rental agreement that each user must sign prior to rental, the user is responsible for the cost of any missing or damaged equipment during their rental. To avoid any such charges, we recommend that users report any issues regarding lost or damaged equipment by emailing Rent.Fun.

Wichita Park and Recreation has partnered with Rent.Fun to offer a self-service kayak equipment rental service. Users scan a QR code on the cage to reserve and pay for a kayak rental for a specific amount of time at that location. All users must be 18 or older. Available during park hours.

How It Works

Kayak Rental
OJ Watson Park
3022 S McLean Boulevard
$10 per hour
Kellogg Bridge
605 S Wichita (behind the building)
$30 for 2 hours, then $15 per hour
Riverside Tennis Center
551 Nims (east of the bubble)
$30 for 2 hours, then $15 per hour

Floatin' on the River Tours

Available June through September

See the Keeper of the Plains and downtown skyline like you've never seen it before! Following a short kayak training, you'll set off on a leisurely paddling tour from the ramp just south of the Wichita Boathouse, to the Keeper of the Plains and back. No prior experience is necessary, however this is a strenuous activity, which lasts approximately 1 to 1.25 hours. Advanced registration is required. Tours typically fill up fast so register early!

Sunset Tour

Enjoy the glowing sky and the ever-changing colors of the sunset on this kayak tour! There's a brief stop for photos at the Keeper of the Plains and then it's back to the patio of the Wichita Boathouse to enjoy a barbeque dinner while relaxing to the sounds of soothing music.

Senior Tour

Seniors 55+ will spend a little time learning kayaking basics and then set your course towards the Keeper of the Plains at a relaxed and easy pace. Not sure if you can make the return trip back? We've got you covered! The evening ends with a barbeque dinner on the patio of the Wichita Boathouse.

Glow Tour

Enjoy a moonlight trip along the river with the stars shining overhead! You and the kayaks will be glowing with lights and glow sticks as you make your way to watch the lighting of the firepots at the Keeper of the Plains. Enjoy desserts and light snacks afterward. (Note: The lighting of the firepots is subject to mechanical or weather issues and is not guaranteed to occur, but it's fun when it does!)

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  1. Bring Your Own
  2. Boating on the river
  3. Other Rules

Bring Your Own

Individuals are welcome to bring their own kayak on the Arkansas River and to Watson Park from sunrise to sunset. Wichita Park and Recreation requires you to sign a waiver when utilizing your own kayak at Watson Park. Check-in at the clubhouse before getting on the water at Watson Park.

Rules on the Water

  • Individuals can only be on the water from sunrise to sunset.
  • No motorized crafts are allowed without written consent from the Wichita Park and Recreation Director, Troy Houtman.
  • Kansas law requires that children 12 years old and younger wear a life jacket while on board any vessel.
  • Any occupant of a personal watercraft, regardless of age, must wear a life jacket. This includes both kayaks and SUPs.