Recreational Kayaks are the best option for the casual paddler looking for an easy way to get out on water, and the best choice for the less experienced to learn to control. (Please see our FAQ page for more details).
Rental customers should be prepared to have an appropriate vehicle for transport. A sedan or SUV with a factory rack or other quality roof rack with crossbars can usually accept two kayaks nested together; several kayaks will fit into pickup trucks with 5' - 8' beds. We do have foam pad kits that can allow kayak transport with some four door vehicles, but have found that the thin sheet metal used in newer models often eliminates that option, Please call us before booking if you have any doubts about your ability to safely transport a kayak.
Those without an appropriate vehicle for transporting hardshell kayaks may want to consider one of our stand-up paddleboards outfitted with a kayak seatback and kayak paddle. This simple conversion transforms the SUP into a lightweight sit-on-top kayak that can be easily transported by virtually any vehicle, inflated at your destination with the provided pump, and then deflated to pack and return. Full details can be found at our Paddleboard Rentals page.
Our kayak fleet has been selected to appeal to the casual recreational paddler. All are sit-on-top (SOT) designs, which eliminates any concerns of entrapment and allow easy reentry in case of capsize.
The Old Town Twister and Jackson RIviera are virtually identical designs and represent the best choice for most body types. These nimble kayaks feature a comfortable molded seat back and a convenient storage well behind the seat, with an integrated bungee cord system to secure a small pack or cooler.
Key Specs: 11' 3" long, 30" wide. 47 lbs. Capacity: 275 lbs. Retail Value: $599.99
Key Specs: 11' 4" long, 29" wide. 58 lbs. Capacity: 300 lbs. Retail Value: $749.99
With enormous capacity and the stability to allow anglers to stand and cast, the Old Town Sportsman 120 is also a great option for larger folks, or for a parent who wants to bring a younger child along. Those fishing will enjoy the integrated rod holders, and the expansive storage wells in both bow and stern allow room for all sorts of gear.
Key Specs: 12' long, 33.5" wide. 85 lbs. Capacity: 500 lbs. Retail Value: $1299.99
Ocean Kayak's Malibu Two is the most popular tandem kayak in the world. Three seating positions allow for either tandem or solo paddling, and the capacity is sufficient for two adults and a small child. This is another good choice as a solo kayak for bigger people who might find the Twister or Riviera SOT uncomfortable.
Key Specs: 12' long, 34" wide. 63 lbs. Capacity: 425 lbs. Retail Value: $829.99
- All kayak rentals include 1 Kayak Paddle, 1 adult PFD's, and up to 1 youth, child, or infant PFD's upon request. Appropriate straps to secure the kayak to your vehicle are also included at no additional charge.
- Extra Paddles, PFD's, or other gear are available for an additional fee.
As with all rentals, the 4:30 - 6:30 afternoon pick up time window is intended for those who intend to get out early the following morning.
Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures kayaks can be used on all lakes in NM, as well as rivers up to Class III. We do not rent paddlecraft for use on Class III+ whitewater or above.
Alcohol use is expressly prohibited.
Reservations are required for all rentals. Bookings of up to three days can be made online for pickup on Fridays through Sundays and holidays. Rental pickup involving any other days, or for extended rentals of more than 3 days, please call us at 505-771-1234.