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Guided Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboard Trips/Lessons & Rentals

In Steamboat Springs, Colorado

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Who We Are

Welcome to Mountain Sports Kayak, the best place to learn to SUP, kayak, or paddleboard!

Mountain Sports Kayak School has been serving northwest Colorado with top quality kayak instruction since 1980.  Our most popular program is structured for those who have never kayaked before. This 3 hour program starting at 9am and 1pm daily is a great way to experience river kayaking for you and your family on the Yampa River.  All equipment and kayaks are provided!!! In addition other clinics and lessons are offered throughout the spring, summer and fall. We offer kids camps, roll lessons, stand-up paddle board lessons (flat water & river tours) privates, intermediate, and “Never Ever” lessons. *no experience necessary*

We offer rentals if you want to venture off on your own. We have whitewater, touring and fishing kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, lake kayaks, canoes, rafts and all the gear needed to get out on the water. Our inventory of new and used boats gives you the opportunity to try out and compare many different models. Please stop by our shop at 800 South Lincoln between town and the mountain in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

River Status

The city of Steamboat Springs and state of Colorado dictate whether people are allowed on the river, use this status meter to determine whether to choose a river activity or lake activity.

Current Status: BLUE


BLUE Open For the foreseeable future
GREEN Open now, may close soon
YELLOW Closed now, may open any day
ORANGE Closed now, likely closed for about a week or more
RED Closed for Season

Status Comment: 

Current Water Level in Steamboat Springs, CO

Blue Water Level

Why Our Customers Love Paddling With Us!

Beautiful kayaking fun.

Marty at Mountain Sports Kayak School suggested Hahn’s Peak lake and Pearl Lake. Both are beautiful places and we had a great time! Marty was very helpful and full of good information. We will definitely go back next time we are in Steamboat.

– Susan P. | TripAdvisor
Great outfitter!

Marty was super helpful getting me and my family setup with a paddle board. The equipment was all top of the line and service was too. We went to Steamboat Lake and had lots of fun. Highly recommend!

– Brian B. | TripAdvisor
Beautiful way to spend a morning!

What a fun and beautiful way to see the Yampa! Our guide was wonderful with my 9 year old and we just had a great time. Thank you!

– Molly M. | TripAdvisor
So much fun

We really enjoyed our Kayak excursion. It is such a fun activity for all ages. We learned a new skill and had a great time in the river. Our guide was adorable. Highly recommend.

– Jules A. | TripAdvisor
Fantastic Time

We had a fantastic time! So much so that we went back for another adventure a few days later. The crew at Mountain Sports Kayak are the best!

– Thesally S. | TripAdvisor
We’d use them again!

Friendly, great communication, easy to find. Rented a paddle board to take up to Steamboat Lake for a few days. Equipment was exactly what we needed. The guys are super friendly and easy to communicate with. Definitive recommend using them. I could see them being great instructors, too!

– Seaglass486 | TripAdvisor

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