Kayaking Center Leonardo FAQ

How long does it take to kayak or SUP?

Rentals are for a minimum of one hour and a maximum of eight hours. All rentals must be returned before our closing time. If there is an offshore wind, be sure to leave extra time to paddle back.

Do I need a reservation for kayak or SUP rentals?

Reserving online is strongly recommended. Walk-in customers can sometimes be accommodated, but cannot be guaranteed, and waiting time might be substantial. It is best to make your reservation online. Phone reservations are not always available. If you do make a phone reservation there is a $10 convenience fee.

How old do you need to be for kayak and SUP rentals?

  • The minimum age for kayaking is 10 years old in a tandem and 12 years old solo. Kayaking experience is required.
  • Under certain conditions, the minimum age may be increased and children may at times not be permitted. The decision of the manager is final on this.
  • All children under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. A parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver. 

Do I need to wear a PFD or life vest while kayaking or using an SUP?

You must wear an US Coast Guard approved-PFD at all times while on or in the water. 

Do I need to sign a waiver?

A signed waiver is required for all adults. Minors under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Please sign your waiver in advance to save time at check-in. 

Can we bring alcohol?

Alcohol is not permitted, nor are you permitted to be inebriated at the start of your trip. Anyone with alcohol or found to be inebriated or under the influence of illegal drugs will be asked to leave. No refund will be given.

Can I bring my own PFD?

Yes, so long as it is an USGS approved Class III PFD and it fits properly.

Is the Big Bear Gear Kayak Center at Leonardo at the Big Bear Gear Store?

No. The Big Bear Gear is in Lambertville, NJ. It is more than an hour away from Leonardo State Marina.

What is the refund policy?

Advance tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours prior to your reservation for individuals and up to 72 hours prior to your reservation for Group Sales. After that, tickets are non-refundable unless we close for inclement weather or water conditions and you cannot begin your trip. In that case you will be offered a refund or the opportunity to book for another date. On-site tickets are not refundable. There are no refunds if your trip is cut short due to unexpected weather or water conditions. There are no refunds if your trip is terminated for violation of any of our policies.

Do children need supervision while kayaking or using an SUP?

All minors (less than 18 year of age) require adult supervision at all times. At least one adult age 18 and over is required per six minors. Parental or legal guardian consent is required for all minors.

Can I bring my pet?

For the safety of your pet, they are not allowed.

Is food available?

We have snacks and drinks but if you want sandwiches or a meal you should bring that with you.

Do I need a parking permit?

Yes. All vehicles require a parking permit. Key check is mandatory.