Canoe & Kayak Rentals

"Discover The Best Fishing Holes Or Take A Lunch And Paddle Your Way Down The East Branch Of The Delaware!"

2020 Rental Rates

Canoes or Double Kayak – $45.00/per day
Kayaks – $35.00/per day

Rowboats (Reservoir only) - $40.00/per day
All rates are per vessel, plus NY State Sales Tax of 8.0%.
Your rental includes paddles, life vests and complimentary one way transportation. 

For Reservations, Call (607) 363-7740

Located At the Foot of the Pepacton Reservoir on the East Branch of the Delaware River on Routes 30 & 206, Al’s Sport Store is a Canoe and Kayak Outfitter for the East Branch of the Delaware River and Pepacton Reservoir. The East Branch is mostly quiet water with a few more active sections that are easily navigated with basic paddling skills. The river is generally 2-3 ft deep with some places lower and higher.

 The river height varies by seasons and weather. Water depths and conditions can change so it’s always good to call or check the USGS gauge links on our fishing page.

We offer 3 and 6 mile river trips on the East Branch of the Delaware River , as well as rowboat, canoe and kayak rentals on Pepacton Reservoir.

Spending the day on the water is a great way for families, friends, and groups to be together, experience the memorable sights and sounds of nature, and simply have some plain old fun and make everlasting memories! For a one on one experience with nature, a kayak is easier to maneuver and a great way to “paddle your own boat” to all the places you wish to explore.

The 3 mile river trip is from the bridge at Corbett to the bridge at Shinhopple and is approximately 2 hours.

The 6 mile river trip is from Downsville to Shinhopple and usually takes  3-4 hours.

For the trips ending at Shinhopple, we get your vehicles to the end point by a driver following us to Shinhopple then we bring you to the launch point where your fun-filled day begins. . The trip will end back at your car.

The Pepacton Reservoir trips require all participants over 18 to obtain an NYCDEP Watershed Access Permit. They are available online so get one before arriving if possible to save time when you get here. It’s also a good idea to reserve a day ahead so we can have your boats ready to go when you arrive. 

The time it takes you to complete your trip depends on how long your stops are and how fast you paddle. Once on the water, the canoe or kayak is yours for the rest of the day. There is no guide, you can set your own pace, stop where and when you want. You are on your own. Be sure to bring plenty to eat and drink and please remember to bring garbage bags to put your litter in and carry out.

For overnight trips we have a rustic cabin rental at our Shinhopple take out point, where guests can relax right on the river and continue on the second day 6 or 9 miles further downstream if desired. Call for details and rates.

Reservations & Cancellations

What You Need to Know

A credit card is required for each vessel reserved. No refunds will be issued on cancellations made less than 24 hrs. in advance. The only exception would be inclement weather or high water.

Guests of all ages need a release form filled out for our activities.

Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign for them, granting permission to participate at Al’s Canoe and Kayak Rentals, Inc. 

Call 607-363-7740 to make a reservation

Trip Tricks & Tips

  • Wear your life vests at all times. Children under 12 are required by law to wear a life vests at all times.

  • Children should be at least 40lbs. and fitted with a proper size life vest.

  • Leave your valuables and glass containers home.

  • Bring plenty of water, food, sunscreen and a change of warm, dry, clothing.

  • Cell phone service is limited but if you bring it,  keep it in a waterproof container.

  • Bring  shoes suitable for wading

  • Dress in layers. Mornings and evenings are often cool.

  • Much of the property on the river is privately owned. Respect the owner’s rights and privacy

  • Please share the river with fishermen – leave room and quietly pass them.

When Is The Best Time To Go?

RIVER TRIPS: For families we recommend starting after the morning fog burns off which usually happens after 9-10 AM. Many families take a picnic lunch and usually start between 10AM and 1PM. It’s a good idea to be on the water no later than 2PM.

If you’re fishing, then going early or finishing later is usually better.

RESERVOIR TRIPS: We usually keep boats stored on the reservoir for early starts but everyone must be back at the store by 5PM.

6964 River Road Downsville New York

Store: 607-363-7740  Motel: 607-363-7575

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