Outdoor UW at the Wisconsin Union is currently closed. Rentals and in-person activities are unavailable at this time. Please check back in spring 2021 for updates.
Peruse Madison’s largest lake with a peaceful paddle to the Picnic Point, on Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Learn about America’s most-studied lake from a student guide, and discover what life is like for them on campus.
Choose your own vessel for exploration. A kayak or canoe provides a traditional experience for all skill levels. Test your balance with a stand up paddleboard, or choose cooperative adventure with the SUPsquatch – and eight-person stand-up paddleboard.
Head back to shore for a Wisconsin Union Adventures guidebook and a gift card to explore more of the Memorial Union and Union South.
Let the lakes be your guide! Paddling available daily by request.
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Essential Madison Experience
- Availability: Mid-June to Mid-September, two-week notice required. For special requests and large group bookings, please call the partner directly.
- Cost: $45 per person
- Kids & Families:
- Maximum # of Participants: 24
- Minimum # Participants: 4
- On the Water:
- Private Group Bookings: