There’s lots to love about summer at Lakeshore State Park, but one of our favorites: It’s the season for paddle boats!
“For my money it’s the best view in the city,” said Timothy Ritter, owner of Lakeshore Paddle Sport Rentals. Tim and wife Val operate their business mid-May through mid-September, depending on the weather. “The water is so clean, and the breezes, and going by Summerfest … it’s just a really unique spot.”
Lakeshore Paddle Sport Rentals gives visitors a chance to experience the park from a different vantage point by paddling around the Maritime Water Basin and the Quiet Water Basin between Lakeshore State Park and the Summerfest grounds. Rent a paddleboat or hydrobike and you’ll have a non-polluting way to get around while getting exercise, too.
It’s a great activity for families, friends, or anyone who enjoys being on the water.
For my money it’s the best view in the city. The water is so clean, and the breezes, and going by Summerfest … it’s just a really unique spot.Timothy Ritter
A few tips to keep in mind when renting from Lakeshore Paddle Sport Rentals:
- If you’re a 2022 Park Pal or Prairie Patron, you’ll have a separate email* from us today that you can use to get discounted paddle boat and hydrobike rentals. Don’t lose that email – it’s good all summer! That same email also will give you information on claiming a discount at Milwaukee Kayak Company this summer.
- Bring water or soft drinks to enjoy while you paddle. Each rental is for an hour, so you’ll appreciate having refreshments.
- It’s a good idea to bring a hat and sunglasses. The paddle boats have canopies for shade, but on a sunny day there’s plenty of glare off the water.
- A life vest is included with your rental.
- Bring your (small) pet!
About that last piece of advice: Ritter said he has seen all kinds of pets join their humans on the water. “We’ve had dogs, cats, snakes, turtles,” Ritter said. “It’s such a fun thing to do.”
But to Ritter, the people are what make his job rewarding. “We have nothing but nice people and families as customers, it’s a joy.” Many are out-of-towners who ask his advice about things to do. “And they just gush, people just gush about Milwaukee and the downtown. It gets me right in the heart.”
*If you are a 2022 Prairie Pal or Prairie Patron and did not get the discount email, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and approximate date of contribution and we’ll get the discount email out to you right away.