How Our SUP & Kayak Rental Service Works

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Kayak rentals throughout Leelanau County.



All About Water provides premium services and comprehensive kayak rental packages.

In addition to our guided kayak tours along the shoreline, we provide a shuttle service to/from Crystal River, and kayak rentals in Leelanau County.

If you’re wondering about what to do while at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, kayaking should be at the top of your list.

How does it work?

Regarding one day kayak rentals, All About Water will deliver the kayaks and other gear to the water the morning of the rental day as close to 9:00 a.m., or before, as is possible. Your rental runs to 5:00 pm.

All About Water will notify you with a text message when the kayaks and other gear have been delivered.

Please see other information on this page about how, when, and where to return the kayaks and other equipment.

This applies whether your kayak rental was in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, or anywhere throughout Leelanau County.

What to do when you’re done with the kayak(s) and other equipment:

We have made kayak and equipment return as easy as possible. At the end of your kayak rental period simply place all of the equipment into the mesh bags used to deliver the equipment to you.

  • Enclose these bags within the larger nylon bag also provided.
  • Enclose the nylon bag and secure it to the kayak with the padlock and cable also provided.
  • Send us a picture by text or email of the properly secured equipment and we pick it up from there.

Simple as that!

The equipment can be left at the same place where the kayak was delivered. You don’t take the kayak and other equipment to a special location, and you don’t wait for someone to appear to take it from you. The mesh bags are large enough to contain all of the items. The blue nylon bag with the All About Water logo shown contains those two mesh bags.

These are shown so that you can see that the bags are oversized and that getting the equipment into and out of them is easy.


The kayak rental time periods defined:

One-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Two-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. the first day to 5:00 p.m. the second day for 2 (two) consecutive days.

Three-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. the first day to 5:00 p.m. the third day for 3 (three) consecutive days.

Four-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. the first day to 5:00 p.m. the fourth day for 4 (four) consecutive days.

Five-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. the first day to 5:00 p.m. the fifth day for 5 (five) consecutive days.

Six-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. the first day to 5:00 p.m. the sixth day for 6 (six) consecutive days.

Seven-day kayak rental:

  • 9:00 a.m. the first day to 5:00 p.m. the seventh day for 7 (seven) consecutive days.


All About Water offers two kayak rental choices:

Single Kayak or Tandem Kayak Sit on Tops

First, what do these terms mean?

  • Single – designed for one kayak paddler*
  • Tandem – designed for two kayak paddlers
  • Sit on Top – designed for you to sit on top of the kayak, with a comfy seat back.  Sit on top kayaks are stable and easy to get onto and off.
  • *An individual can safely and successfully paddle either of our models.


Designed for one kayak paddler:

Nalu 12.5

  • Hybrid kayak for an individual who wants to kayak and/or SUP
  • Has areas designed for footing while SUP
  • Has a molded-in seat, and we’ve added a seatback for kayaking
  • When user is tired of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, can sit and kayak
  • For kayak paddlers up to 220 pounds


  • Shorter and narrower than our other kayak models for smaller paddlers
  • Has a tether that can be attached to another kayak so that if the youth paddler gets tired their kayak can be safely towed
  • Please note that this kayak is designed for children and has a weight capacity of 150 pounds

Designed for two paddlers:

Malibu Two XL

  • One of the most popular tandem kayaks
  • Designed for two adults, or two adults and a small child or pet

(If you’re new to kayaking you may wonder if these model names have some technical significance or meaning. Relax! You’re not missing a thing. The names have no more significance than the name of your car.)

All About Water has purchased kayaks that are of the finest design and construction.

We provide sit-on-top kayaks because the collective wisdom of All About Water and our supplier, Johnson Outdoors,  is that sit-on-top kayaks are the best choice for these waters.

We want our customers to have the greatest opportunity for a safe, pleasurable kayaking experience, and we’re confident that we’ve made the right choice.

Some reasons why these kayaks are the right choice:

  • These boats were originally designed for the big waters of the Pacific Coast and Hawaii – large bodies of water with chop, swells, and possibly big waves
  • Designed for stability, comfort, and ease of use
  • No special skills needed to get back on kayak if you capsize
  • Self bailing – holes throughout kayak to allow water to drain out
  • Self-bailing means you never have to worry about the kayak filling up with water


Two Nalu 12.5 models. A kayak rental that can also be used as a stand up paddle board.

Two Nalu 12.5 kayak/paddleboards. We provide the seatback and a paddle with a removable end that can be either a t-handle or second blade.

Guided tours?

Shuttle service to Crystal River?

Kayaks/SUPs to your cottage?

All About Water provides guided kayak tours within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The tours are along the shore from just north of Empire (on the west (left)) side of the map below.

All About Water provides kayak rentals, but we also provided guided kayak tours along Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This is a group on one of our tours.

All About Water can now shuttle you to the put-in on Crystal River, and pick you up just after the “shoot the tube” just over two miles downstream. (Crystal River is in Glen Arbor, just north of Empire.)

In addition to kayak rentals in Leelanau County, All About Water provides kayaks and a shuttle service on Crystal River in Glen Arbor.

All About Water also rents, with free delivery in Leelanau County (the highlighted portion of the map just northwest of Traverse City), kayaks, and stand up paddleboards.

For those of you staying at a place on the water, you also have option to have us deliver the kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and the rest of the gear to your location.

If you are unfamiliar with the Leelanau Peninsula we encourage you to consider a destination there. We can suggest locations that will set you up for a successful outing no matter your kayaking experience level. Please see the self-guided-tour information on this website. There are links to several on the bottom of this page.


All About Water provides kayak rentals in Leelanau County (shown here with the pink highlight). Our guided kayak tours run along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore starting just north of Empire. Our Crystal River shuttle service is in Glen Arbor.


The Beauty and Majesty of Northern Michigan

The people who are familiar with the area, and especially those who live here and those who have spent parts of summers here for years or even generations, have known the beauty and felt the draw of this area long before any rankings were published.

All About Water is delighted be a part of this area and is happy to provide kayak equipment that will enable you to experience in a very peaceful, intimate way some of the natural beauty that really is beyond words.

The base of the dune at Pierce Stocking Scenic Overlook, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. 

Self-guided Kayaking Tours in Northern Michigan