Silver Beach Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

Consistently named one of the Midwest’s best beaches, Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan, offers a perfect location to launch a rental kayak or stand-up paddleboard on Lake Michigan and take in sweeping views of our iconic lighthouse.

Equipment & Pricing

Single (1 Person) Kayak

Includes Paddle & Life Jacket

$25 per hour

Double (2 Person) Kayak

Includes Paddles & Life Jackets

$30 per hour

Stand-Up Paddleboard

Includes Paddle & Life Jacket

$25 per hour

Let's Go Paddling!

  • Make your reservation. (Remember, all rental sites are on Eastern time.)
  • Look for a confirmation email with details about your booking, and follow instructions for filling out your electronic liability waiver.
  • Arrive on time for your reservation (5 minutes ahead of your scheduled time is best!). If you're late for your scheduled time, we may be unable to accommodate you.
  • Our crew will get you set up to paddle Lake Michigan for your scheduled duration, returning to the same place you started.

Prefer not to reserve your rental equipment in advance? You’re welcome to drop by to rent, but please note that your selection may be limited – or not available at all – depending on demand.

What to Bring

  • Electronic liability waiver - complete ahead of time for yourself, and anyone else in your group. (Find the link to the waiver in your confirmation email.)
  • Your driver’s license - our staff will need a photo of your license (only one needed per party) as a security deposit while you paddle.
  • Dress for the weather - come prepared to get a little wet and be out in the sun. Sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat are a good idea. Your phone/camera have a possibility of getting wet, so bring a waterproof bag.
  • No alcohol allowed on the water.
  • Dogs aren’t permitted at Silver Beach County Park, but you’re welcome to bring your furry friends to paddle the Paw Paw River.

Age Policy

  • Kids under the age of 18 - cannot paddle alone without someone over 18 in the group.
  • Kids age 14 and older - can paddle their own kayak or paddleboard if accompanied by a parent or guardian in another kayak or on another paddleboard.
  • Kids under the age of 14 - can ride in a double kayak only if accompanied by an adult; there is no age limit, and it is up to the parent’s/guardian’s discretion.

Rescheduling / Cancellations

  • Arrive on time for your reservation - if you are late for your scheduled time, we may be unable to accommodate you when you arrive. (Remember, our rental sites are on Eastern time.)
  • Weather conditions - if the rental site is closed due to unsafe weather conditions on the day of your reservation, we will notify you to reschedule, or if possible, move your reservation to our Paw Paw River location.
  • Need to reschedule? Look for a link in your booking confirmation email to choose a new day and time. If you have questions about rescheduling or are unable to find a new day and time that will work for you, email us at Please note that we ask you to let us know at least 24 hours in advance if you can’t make your reserved time. We’re happy to reschedule your rental for the current or following season, but there are no refunds.

Visit Us

Silver Beach kayak & paddleboard rentals are located on the south end of Silver Beach County Park (near the swing set) in St. Joseph, Michigan, within walking distance of downtown St. Joseph and Third Coast Surf Shop. For parking, you have a few options:

  • Park in the Silver Beach County Park lot (the main parking lot at the beach): $8/day for Berrien County residents, $15/day for non-Berrien County residents, or $40 for annual pass (regardless of residency). There is also paid parking near Silver Beach Pizza and at Lion’s Park Beach.
  • Park on a nearby street for free. This is first come, first serve, and tends to fill quickly in summer.

Third Coast Paddling – Silver Beach Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals
Silver Beach County Park, 101 Broad Street
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085


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