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Kayaking on Lake Joanis in Schmeeckle

Outdoor Gear Rentals

Schmeeckle Reserve is your source for outdoor equipment rentals in central Wisconsin. We offer a variety of recreational gear for your outdoor adventures, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, tents, backpacks, snowshoes, and cross-country skis. Gear can be taken off-site to wherever your adventures lead.

See below for our inventory and prices. Join the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve for special discounts! UWSP students can join for just $10, and the membership lasts for a year.

Group rates of 15% off are also available when 5 or more of the same items are rented together.

Location: Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point


Special COVID-19 procedures

To limit the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been established until further notice:

  • Rentals are available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but equipment must be reserved at least 2 days in advance.
  • Payment will only be accepted by credit or debit card over the phone.
  • The visitor center remains closed. Equipment must be picked up and dropped off outside of the visitor center at a predetermined date and time (between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.)
  • Equipment will be sanitized or quarantined for at least 3 days before being rented out again.
  • Sleeping bags will not be rented out.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at 715-346-4992 or schmeeckle@uwsp.edu.


Reserving Equipment

To make your reservation request, use our online form by clicking below. Note that making a request does not guarantee that equipment will be available. Schmeeckle staff will contact you to confirm.

Click here to request your outdoor equipment

Outdoor Rental Gear at Schmeeckle

Click a category below to see the gear available to rent at Schmeeckle.

 Paddling Sports

Canoe on Lake Joanis in Schmeeckle

Canoe or Kayak Lake Joanis

Looking to enjoy Schmeeckle Reserve from the water? Rent a canoe or kayak to paddle Lake Joanis! Several boats are available at the south shore launch for an easy and convenient paddling trip for one or more people. Just stop by the visitor center to pick up keys, paddles, and life jackets. Kid-sized life jackets are available. Items must be returned before the visitor center closes for the day. View sizing guide for paddles and PFDs.


​First canoe/kayak rented
(return same day)
Each additional canoe/kayak
rented at the same time
​Regular prices ​$15 ​$10
​Friends member prices ​$10 ​$5

 


Schmeeckle canoes

Canoe Packages

Durable fiberglass and polyethylene canoes are the perfect choice for one or two people in all types of water. Our inventory includes Old Town Canoes, Mad River Canoes, and Wenonah Canoes. Packages include paddles, life jackets, and foam pads and tie-down straps for attaching to a vehicle. View sizing guide for paddles and PFDs.


​First day (return
same day)
Each add.
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$30 ​$15 ​$55 ​$90
​Friends member prices
​$25 ​$12 ​$45 ​$75

 


Schmeeckle kayaks

Single Kayak Packages

Lightweight single kayaks are the perfect way to explore waterways. We offer recreational kayaks from Perception Kayaks and longer sea touring kayaks from Old Town. Packages include paddles, life jackets, and foam pads and tie-down straps for attaching to a vehicle. View sizing guide for paddles and PFDs.


First day (return
same day)
Each add.
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$25 ​$12 ​$45 ​$75
​Friends member prices
​$20 ​$10 ​$35 ​$60

 


Schmeeckle tandem kayak

Tandem 2-person Kayak Package

Our tandem kayak from Perception Kayaks is a fun way for two people to enjoy the water. A slip-in child seat is available for this kayak, allowing a little one to join in the fun. The package includes paddles, life jackets, and foam pads and tie-down straps for attaching to a vehicle. Only one tandem kayak is available for rent. View sizing guide for paddles and PFDs.


First day (return
same day)
Each add.
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$30 ​$15 ​$55 ​$90
​Friends member prices
​$25 ​$12 ​$45 ​$75

 


Schmeeckle paddle board rental

Paddle Board Package

Stand up paddle boards are a unique and fun way to experience the waters of Wisconsin. Rent our BIC Sport paddle boards for an elevated journey. Packages include: paddles, life jackets, and foam pads and tie-down straps for attaching to a vehicle. Only two paddle boards are available for rent. Note: Paddle boards are not allowed on Lake Joanis in Schmeeckle. They must be taken off-site. View sizing guide for paddles and PFDs.


First day (return
same day)
Each add.
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$30 ​$15 ​$55 ​$90
​Friends member prices
​$25 ​$12 ​$45 ​$75

 


Schmeeckle dry bags

Dry Bags

Waterproof dry bags protect your gear even in the wettest conditions. We offer several different sizes, including large 115-Liter bags, medium 80-Liter bags, and small personal-sized bags.


First day (return
same day)
Each add.
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$6 ​$3 ​$10 ​$18
​Friends member prices
​$5 ​$2 ​$8 ​$15

 


Schmeeckle canoe/kayak trailer

Canoe/Kayak Trailer

For larger groups, we offer a canoe/kayak trailer that can haul up to 8 canoes, kayaks, and/or paddle boards at a time. A cargo box in the middle of the trailer is a perfect storage space for paddles, life jackets, and other items. The trailer hooks up to a standard 2-inch ball hitch and requires a four-pin flat connector for its lights. The trailer comes with rubber straps to secure the boats. Canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards are rented separately.


First day (return
same day)
Each add.
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$40 ​$20 ​$70 ​$120
​Friends member prices
​$33 ​$17 ​$58 ​$100

 

 Camping & Backpacking Gear

Note: Camping and backpacking are not permitted in Schmeeckle Reserve. All tents and sleeping gear must be taken off-site where overnight use is allowed.

2-person Tent

2-Person Tents

Lightweight 2-person Sierra Design Reverse Combi tents are ideal for backpacking or individual car camping. Each tent includes stakes, poles, a rainfly, and carrying bag. Packaged weight is 6 lbs. 3 oz. Floor dimensions are 86 x 54 inches. Peak height is 40 inches.


​First night
Each add.
night
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$15 ​$8 ​$25 ​$45
​Friends member prices
​$12 ​$6 ​$20 ​$35

 


3-person Tent

3-Person Tents

The 3-Person Mountain Hardwear Lightwedge 3 tent is an ideal choice for backpackers looking for more space, or car camping for 2 or 3 people (tight). Each tent includes stakes, poles, a rainfly, and carrying bag. Packaged weight is 6 lbs. 5 oz. Floor dimensions are 96 x 74 inches. Peak height is 47 inches.


​First night Each add.
night
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$18 ​$9 ​$30 ​$54
​Friends member prices
​$15 ​$7 ​$25 ​$45

 


4-person Tent

4-Person Tents

For small groups, 4-person tents are ideal for car camping. Each tent includes stakes, poles, a rainfly, and carrying bag. The Kelty Trail Ridge 4 (shown) has a packaged weight of 10 lbs. 14 oz., floor dimensions of 84 x 98 inches, peak height of 59 inches. The Mountain Hardwear Corners 4 has a packaged weight of 15 lbs. 5 oz., floor dimenstions of 95 x 96 inches, peak height of 83 inches.


​First night Each add.
night
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$18 ​$9 ​$30 ​$54
​Friends member prices
​$15 ​$7 ​$25 ​$45

 


6-person Tent

6-Person and 8-Person Tents

For large groups, we offer 6-Person and 8-Person tents. The 6-Person Sierra Designs Bedouin 6 (shown) is a spacious tent for car camping. The tent includes stakes, poles, a rainfly, and carrying bag. Packaged weight is 17 lbs. 15 oz. Floor dimensions are 116 x 98 inches. Peak height is 76 inches.


​First night Each add.
night
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$21 ​$10 ​$35 ​$60
​Friends member prices
​$18 ​$8 ​$30 ​$50

 


Schmeeckle backpacking backpacks

Backpacks

We offer a variety of durable overnight backpacks from Osprey and Deuter in different styles and sizes. Add your own equipment or rent gear from Schmeeckle for your backpacking adventure. It's always best to try on different backpacks to find the right size. See the general backpack sizing guide.


​First night Each add.
night
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$12 ​$6 ​$21 ​$36
​Friends member prices
​$10 ​$5 ​$18 ​$30

 


Schmeeckle sleeping pads

Sleeping Pads

Lightweight foam (roll) or closed cell (accordion folding) sleeping pads offer a comfortable night's sleep when backpacking or camping.


​First night Each add.
night
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
Weekly rate
(6 nights)
​Regular prices ​$3 ​$1 ​$4 ​$7
​Friends member prices
​$2 ​$1 ​$3 ​$6

 

 Winter Sports

Snowshoes

Our inventory of durable snowshoes includes those made by Redfeather (La Crosse, WI), Crescent Moon (Boulder, CO), and Northern Lites. Snowshoes are sized based on the total weight of the user and their gear. Small sizes are for weights up to 175 pounds, medium sizes are up to 200 pounds, and large sizes are up to 250 pounds.


​First day (return
same day)

Each additional
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
​Regular prices ​$8 ​$4 ​$16
​Friends member prices ​$5 ​$3 ​$10

 


Cross-Country Ski Packages

Our cross-country ski packages include high-quality Salomon or Atomic classic skis sized at 182-206 cm, poles sized at 130-160 cm, and ski boots sized at 36-50 EU (U.S. Men's 4.5-15 and U.S. Women's 5-13). Click here for sizing recommendations.


​First day (return
same day)

Each additional
day
​Weekend rate
(Fri.-Mon.)
​Regular prices ​$12 ​$6 ​$24
​Friends member prices ​$10 ​$5 ​$20

 

 

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