Whether it's renting a paddleboard or kayak, taking a guided tour of the Mokelumne River or joining one of our community paddles, the Headwaters Boathouse has something for you!

For More Boathouse Information:  (209) 471-5988 or  boathouse@headwaterskayak.com


Kayak, canoes and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent on an hourly and half-day basis. For information, call 209-471-5988 . 

If you are 20 minutes late for your reservation without giving us notice, you will be considered a no show and we reserve the right to rent out your canoe, kayak or SUP. Please call to let us know if you are going to be late but still coming, and we will do our best to accommodate the change of time. We must receive notice of cancellation by close of business the day before your reservation in order to offer you a credit or refund. No exceptions.

Please Note: Online reservations close midnight the day before the rental. 

What Our Customers Are Saying…

  • 4 star ratingFirst time kayaking with a friend who has her own kayak and was very helpful.
    Very easy to learn and the employees in the group were eager to help and share information.
    I found the pace a bit fast and wished I'd had more time to float and listen and view nature. When we reached the turn around point I was given some plant tips by a gentleman who kayaks with his cute dog (sorry I do not recall his name).
    As we made our way back I stopped to take pictures of a few bits of fall color. As the weather had been warm, there was very little of the vibrant colors I was hoping for. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the trip and everyone was so helpful. Especially the employee who I had to ask to get me out of the vest because my hands were jelly, just like my legs. Thanks for being so understanding with this newbie!
    Going forward, I will rent on my own so I can take my time, listen and look at nature and wildlife at my own pace.


    5 star ratingDan once again has great employees which shows he cares about kayaking and involving people who never have tried it before. The guided tour was great and Taylor did a great job.


    4 star ratingIt was a bit tough for me not having paddled in years. But, we made it and it was pretty! Bottled water at the halfway point was a must! And a snack!

  • 5 star ratingDefinantly doing this again next year!!!! All ten of us had a blast. Well just make sure that we do it when the weather is warmer next time instead of in October....lol
    I dont think that you could ever get tired of enjoying the moon shining on the riveras your cruzin thru.
    Absolutely loved it!!!


    5 star ratingLodi lake may seem small but there is a lot of water to paddle on if you extend to the river. Had a great time with my teenage children. The boating staff are super nice!


    5 star ratingGreat experience. Do it. You can thank me later. Dan and his crew are the best. Well organized which is really important in the dark.

    Charlie J
  • 5 star ratingStaff are very friendly and knowledgeable. Beginning kayakers are most welcome. It's a safe introduction to the beautiful mokueleme river.

    Jackie C

    5 star ratingWe had a large group and the girl helping us did an EXCELLENT job of getting us outfitted and on the water. Very efficient and friendly!

    Lisa P

    5 star ratingVery friendly staff, good equipment , a great place to start your family into kayaking. Go early, get out on the water, Pull your kids away from video games.

  • 5 star ratingIt was awesome! The moon was brilliant, and the staff amazing thanks so much for a great evening.i want to go again next month.


    5 star ratingThe kids kayaking camp was AMAZING! They provide snacks, a free rental for another day, great instruction and skills practice. This was a great way to encourage kids to kayak and feel safe on the water.

    Jenna P

    5 star ratingThe Wednesday night paddle is so fun! Just a bunch of people toodling up the river, chatting and working on strokes, etc. So much better than sitting at home on the couch.