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Sailboat or Kayak Rental Information

The Evanston Recreation Division rents sailing boats (Barnett 1400) and kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards by the 45 minute period during the beach swimming season. 

2018 Season General Information

kayak2Come to the Dempster Street Beach Office, Dempster St. at the lakefront, during operating hours. Life jackets are provided for all passengers. You’ll need to show a valid state ID. The resident fee is for those living in ZIP codes 60201 and 60202. Scholarships are not available. For more information, please call the Beach Office at 847-866-4167.

Location: Dempster Street Beach Office

Age Guidelines:

Kayak/SUP: 6-7 yrs. (Parent/Guardian on same vessel), 8-11 yrs. (Parent/Guardian on same vessel or in another vessel to support youth), 12 yrs. & up (Solo)

Sailboat: 6-11 yrs. (Parent/Guardian on same vessel), 12 yrs. & up (Solo)

Pre-Season Days/Times: May 26 - 28 and June 2-3 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Season days/times: June 9-September 3, 2018
Weekday rentals start at 3:30 p.m , watercraft must be in by 7:30 p.m. There are a limited number of watercraft from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. during weekdays.

Weekend rentals start at 11 a.m.; watercraft must be in by 7 p.m.. Holiday hours are the same as weekends.

Fees (please call for multiple-hour discounts)

Kayak (single or double) rentals start at $25/45 min., Evanston resident and start at $35/45 min., nonresident
Stand Up Paddleboard rentals start at $25/45 min., Evanston resident and start at $35/45 min., nonresident
Barnett, rentals start at $30/45 min., Evanston resident and start at $40/45 min., nonresident
Hobie 16' and 420 sailboat rentals start at $50/45 min. Evanston resident and start at $60/45 min., nonresident.

Punch pass fee:* Fifteen 45-minute rentals, with a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes on a single day is $275, Evanston resident and $375, nonresident. Passes are valid during the season purchased.

Unlimited rental* during 2018 season, with a maximum of one hour and 45 minutes on a single day is $600, Evanston resident and $800, nonresident.

* Note: To use your punch pass or season pass, we will need at least 24 hours advance notice (so the boat will not be rented to someone else during your reservation period).

Learn to Sail or Kayak

You can take private lessons scheduled at your convenience!

The Evanston Recreation Division offers lessons in sailing and kayaking on Lake Michigan. You can sign up for private sailing lessons on our day sailing boats or group lessons in kayaking. The resident fee is for those living in ZIP codes 60201 and 60202. Fee assistance is not available. For more info., please call the Beach Office at 847-866-4167 during the season or 847-866-2913 preseason.  Note: No new students will be taken after August 1st.

Location: Dempster St. Beach (1251 Lakeshore Blvd.)
Age Level: 14 yrs. and older

Private sailing classes, four 1-hour lessons
Dates: June 9-September 3, 2018
Evanston resident fee: $200  Nonresident fee: $250

Group kayaking classes (minimum 2 students, maximum 4 students)
Fee per student for two 1-hour lessons: Evanston resident, $60; Nonres. fee, $80