Hours and Location
Daily: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. End of May-Sept. 13, 2020.
Open on holidays too: May 25, July 4 and Sept. 7
Last kayaks and paddle boards go out at 4:30 p.m. each day.
We have direct river access to beautiful Bass River.
We move all of the equipment for you!
Call us at (508) 362-5555 or (508) 398-0060 for more information.
Address: 118 Main Street, West Dennis, MA, 02670
(Make sure GPS says West Dennis and not South Dennis)
Located in front of Sundancer's Restaurant on Route 28 Cape Cod.
*Precautions, including cleaning procedures, are in place against COVID-19.*
Bass River Kayaks & Paddle Boards is conveniently located in the middle of Cape Cod!
From Highway Route 6:
Take Exit 8.
(From the West, take a right off the exit ramp.)
(From the East, take a left off the exit ramp.)
Drive for 2.2 miles on Station Avenue until you reach your third set of lights. Take a left onto Main Street / Route 28.
Pass over Bass River Bridge.
After crossing the bridge, you'll find us 1/3 mile up the street on the left (with river access) in front of Sundancer's Restaurant - not the park next to the bridge.
Kayakers and paddle boarders can come to the shop now through Sept. 13, 2020 or have equipment delivered and picked up by giving us a call (for two days rental or more.)
Off-site Paddle Boards
Deliveries and Pick-ups
Multi-day rentals can be picked up or delivered!
Free paddle board and kayak delivery in West Dennis.
Call for delivery charges to other parts of Dennis, Yarmouth, Harwich and Barnstable.
Two days or more.
Our high-quality kayaks have strong back support. A must for a comfortable day on the water.
Perfect for summer rental homes, early morning paddling, and groups!
Instructions, life jackets, paddles, and more also come with delivery orders.
Frequently Asked Questions
Kayak and Paddle Board FAQs
Q: How does the rental process work?
A: Simply show up to our shop (turquoise building with yellow sign out front!) between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. any day of the week (you want to be able to kayak before we close at 6 p.m. each day), park in our free parking, and a staff instructor will greet you with a typical liability waiver form. We provide properly fitting life jackets for each person, proper size paddles, tell you about beautiful Bass River, give our recommended route that time of day, and offer a map for your journey (Bass River is very easy to navigate!) We provide all kayak and paddle board instructions, answer any questions, put all proper-sized equipment in the water for you, guide you into/on the equipment, send you off, and help you when you return. You can also enjoy our shop amenities including changing room, restroom, video room, retail sections, and more. First-timers to more experience paddlers all have fun on Bass River.
Q: I've never been paddle boarding before... is it hard?
A: At least half of our customers are first-timers! It's more challenging to learn than kayaking, but our variety of boards, and helpful tips and tricks, make it fun for the whole family! We recommend first time paddle boarders watch the instructional video in the paddle board shop, as it speeds up the learning curve! We provide the right-sized paddle boards to each person to make sure you're comfortable and having fun on the river.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement?
A: Paddle boarding is slow-going for children under the age of 10. If your group is trying to explore the river, we recommend kayaking - particularly tandems (two-seater kayaks) as young kids can kick back and relax! Tow ropes are available if kids get tired in their own kayak and kid kayaks are available. Life jackets are provided for all (infant jackets available.)
Q: Is there a maximum age requirement?
A: No way! Come and be our first 90-year old paddle boarder!
Q: Do you operate in the rain?
A: Generally our shop is pretty quiet when it rains. Light rain is fine-particularly if it's passing through. No water craft is allowed in the water if there is lightning in the area.
Q: Do I need to bring anything?
A: We recommend a bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses and a bottle of water. Dozens of smart phones rest at the bottom of the Bass River...so if Instagramming your day is a must, bring a FLOATING WATERPROOF case from home, or purchase one from our shop!
Q: Can I bring my pet?
A: Yes, please! We mostly see dogs, and pets are welcome whether it be kayaks or paddle boards. We do not have pet life jackets, so bring your own if you would like them to have one. We put down padded squares to make it comfortable for your pet too!
Our friendly crew will provide life jackets, paddles, maps, instructions, dog pads, and other helpful equipment.
Note: We are no longer at Bass River Park (40 Main St.), right next to Bass River Bridge. There are no changing rooms, electricity, or indoor restrooms at Bass River Park. We are located at 118 Main St. (as we have been - in front of Sundancer's Restaurant) with access right on Bass River, changing room, indoor bathroom and more! We are the original kayak rental operation on Bass River, starting as Howie's Kayaks!
Free parking! Kids 5 and under free!
Indoor restroom and changing room at our only location, 118 Main St.