The Outdoor Recreation department is your one stop shop for everything outdoors. Whether you need to rent equipment, want help planning an outing, or are looking for resource guides, our experienced staff is ready to assist you on your next adventure, big or small.

Outdoor recreation is available to all students, staff, and community members.


  1. Outdoor equipment rental
  2. Outdoor campfire rental
  3. Outdoor resource library: maps, guide books, instruction and periodicals, Platteville Trail Map
  4. Outdoor equipment purchasing advice
  5. Outdoor trips and clinics
  6. Outdoor skills training

To reserve gear, contact us at 608.342.6100 or

Provide what equipment you are looking to rent, quantity, start and end dates of rental.

Full payment and a valid drivers license are required to rent equipment.

Paddle Sports Rentals

3 Days
7 Days
Wennonah Canoes Wennoah Canoes 8 $15 $30 $60

Kestral Kayak

Kestral Kayak 4 $15 $30 $60
Necky Santa Cruiz Necky Santa Cruiz 2 $15 $30 $60
Ace Tec Paddle Board Paddleboard 1 $15 $30 $60
Ocean Sitting Kayak Kayak 1 $15 $30 $60
Marvel 145 2 Person Kayak Marvel Kayak 1 $15 $30 $60

Firepit Rental (usage fee)

$20 per hour and must be approved by and supervised by outdoor recreation

Fire Pit

Camping Gear Rentals

3 Days
7 Days
16x16 Kelty Noah tarp   2 $3 $6 $12

Eureka Tetragon 7 Tent

Eureka Tetragon Tent 5 $8 $12 $20
Boundry Waters Dry pack   12 $3 $5 $8
Vaude Accept 55 Backpack Vaude Accept Backpack 6 $5 $10 $15
Sea to Summit Stuff Sack 2XL   4 $3 $5 $8
Coleman Palmetto 35°F bag   6 $3 $6 $15
Swiss Gear 0°F Sleeping bag   4 $5 $9 $20
Coleman 28 Qt Cooler   2 $3 $6 $12
TexSport 9x20 cast iron griddle   2 $4 $7 $10
WaterPak 5 gallon water carrier   6 $2 $4 $8
Garmin GPS eTrex H Garmin GPS 9 $5 $12 $15
4 Qt. Cast Iron Dutch Oven   4 $5 $10 $20
Bugaboo Base Camp cook kit Bugaboo Base Camp Cook Kit 6 $3 $5 $12
Pudgy Pie maker   6 $1 $2 $8
Hot dog forks   12 $1 $2 $5
Mag Fire Starter   5 $1 $2 $3

Winter Gear Rentals

3 Days
7 Days
High Pass 10x32 Snowshoes SHOESHOES 6 $5 $10 $25

RENTERS are solely responsible for the safe and proper care and handling of the equipment while rented.

RENTERS assume total responsibility for the proper care and handling of the equipment, and agree to pay the cost of repairs whether caused by accident, neglect, or misuse. Failure to pay the damages will result in legal action in a court of law and/or holding of official records.

Potential Additional Charges

Late Fee: RENTERS are responsible for making arrangements to ensure that equipment is returned on time. Equipment MUST be returned to the Outdoor Recreation Office before closing of the PAC, unless special arrangements have been made. Late returns will be subject to additional rental charges equal to the daily “add a day” rate.

Damages and Repair: Damage and repair charges are based on returning the equipment in the same condition as when issued (wear due to continued use is expected). Charges include $10/hour labor, cost of replacement parts or materials, and any other related expenses.

Loss or Theft: Full financial responsibility will be assumed by the renter to compensate for the loss or theft of equipment. Replacement costs will be calculated using current market prices.

Cleaning: All items must be returned in the same condition as when issued. A $5 cleaning fee will be charged for each item per 30 minutes that requires cleaning.

Campus Recreation

Pioneer Activity Center

Outdoor Recreation