We offer rentals packages every day May 1 through September 30th. Our new inflatable boards are manufactured by industry leaders NRS and SOL Paddle Boards. Each rental package comes with a board, paddle, and personal flotation device.
Daily: $40.00 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Overnight: $50.00 - 10:00 am to 10:00 am
Our Favorite Lakes Near Hotchkiss
Crawford State Park
Just 15 minutes from our shop, Crawford State Park is our favorite destination for a half day paddle outing. The lake sits among rolling hills at the foot of the West Elk Mountains. Relax in the green grass by the lakeside or set up shop in one of the many shaded picnic areas, compete with tables and grills. The Crawford Reservoir is know for some of the best lake fishing in Colorado. You will find Large Mouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Northern Pike, Crappie, and Catfish in its depths. Stop into the visitors center and learn about the area. Don't forget to take the short hike to the base of Needle Rock or the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison while you are there. Grab a board, a picnic and fishing rod for a lazy day at Crawford State Park.
15 minutes from Hotchkiss
Sweitzer Lake State Park
"The oasis on the edge of the desert" This 137 acre lake was build for the sole purpose of recreation. You will find sandy shores and beach weather all season at Sweitzer Lake State Park. Relax at the swim beach, enjoy the picnic area or hike the 1 1/2 mile trail around the lake. Over 170 migratory birds stop at Sweitzer annually. You may see swans, white pelicans, herons, egrets, even bald eagles. Paddlers at Sweitzer. Enjoy 360 degree views of the San Juan mountains, the Grand Mesa, and the Uncompahgre Plateau. Complete your day with a visit to the nearby red-rock canyons of Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area. Enjoy a scenic hike or drive to view ancient petroglyphs and cascading waterfalls.
30 minutes for Hotchkiss
Grand Mesa Lakes
Travel 6,000 feet above the valley floor to the top of the worlds largest flat-top mountain. The views alone make the trip worthwhile. Over 300 alpine lakes dot the mesa top, most of which are stocked for fishing. Drive up or hike in to the lake of your choice. Pack a picnic and your board for an unforgettable day on the Grand Mesa.
50 minutes from Hotchkiss
Morrow Point Reservoir
Follow the West Elk Scenic Byway along the north rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison to Morrow Point Reservoir. Experience solitude between 1000 foot vertical walls at the bottom of the Black Canyon. The Reservoir is accessed via Pine Creek trail which drops 180 ft down 232 stairs from the parking lot to the water . The trail then follows the reservoir for 1 mile, beyond which the only access is by watercraft. A half day paddle will take you to Chipeta Falls and the iconic Curecanti Needle. Access requires a 1/2 mile hike from the parking lot to the water. Our inflatable boards roll up in the backpack which is included in your rental package to make this hike a breeze for fit adults. Get ready for a big day, and pack a lunch!
*IMPORTANT* Check reservoir level and inflow from Blue Mesa Dam before paddling in Morrow Point. High inflows can cause dangerous current in reservoir. Bureau of Reclamation, Montrose Field Office can be reached at (970) 240-6306.
75 minutes from Hotchkiss