Kayak & Canoe Rentals in the Chicago Suburbs


Relax. Cool Off. Have Fun.

Take a load off after a big day of adventure or make it a casual day of fun. Float and glide on The Quarry Lake for a relaxing ride. Pick from a pedal boat, single kayak, double kayak for 2 people, or a canoe that accommodates up to 3 people!

Swimming is not permitted in the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area or The Forge: Lemont Quarries.

Paddlesports Details

All Ages
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Paddlesports Pass

Book a single session and float on the Lemont Quarry lake in a single/double kayak, pedal boat or canoe.

$15 / person

Explorer Day Pass

One price for all-day fun! Kayak, Pedal Boat or Canoe as much as you want, & 10+ other activities. Access is on a first come, first served basis.
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Free Parking & Park Admission

Parking and admission to park are always free — we're a free-to-visit, pay-to-play adventure park.
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Book With Confidence

We get it. Plans sometimes change. We make it easy to cancel and reschedule your reservation.
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Where To Check-In

Park at Parking Lot 2 - walk over the east footbridge and head to the Kids Zone & Paddlesports Check-In.
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Activity Information

  • Age: All ages but children 8 and under must be accompanied by a supervising chaperone 18+ years of age.
  • Minimum:  2 people to rent a double kayak, pedal boat, or canoe.
  • Maximum weight allowed for kayaks or canoes :
    • Single Kayak: 300lbs
    • Double Kayak: 450lbs
    • Canoe: 600lbs
    • Pedal Boat: 800lbs
What to Wear & Bring
  • Footwear must be with a secured heel shoe and worn at all times.
  • Life jacket must be worn at all times (provided by The Forge).

Our team will run an orientation with the equipment before you start your paddle. Life jackets must be worn at all times.


This activity is available and modified for disabled guests. Find more information on how to book on our Accessibility Page.

More Ways to Experience Paddlesports
  • The Forge is located in the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area, home to seven beautiful quarry lakes. Anyone is free to bring their own boats (paddle, oar, or electronic trolling motors only) to this public area located on the north side of the park.
  • Please note: The Forge is a private area and not responsible for any of these outside activities. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the weight requirements for each of the boats?
  • Single Kayak: 300lbs
  • 2-person Kayak: 450lbs
  • Canoe: 600lbs
  • Pedal Boat: 800lbs
Do I have to wear a life jacket?

Yes! Everyone who utilizes our boats must wear life jackets and secured heel shoes at all times.

How old does my child need to be to take out a boat?

All guests ages 8 and under must be accompanied by a supervising chaperone who is at least 18 years old.

Are you able to watch paddlesports close to the Lemont Quarry in a wheelchair?

Paddlesports can be viewed best from the Foundry deck which is the most accessible area to do so. There is also a limestone path ramp that goes down to the lower quarry shelf and the dock itself is wheelchair accessible.

Does The Forge have accessible canoe and kayak options?

Yes! Review our accessibility page for all the details and booking information.

Does The Forge have pedal boats for rent?

Yes! Pedal boats are back again for the 2024 season.

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