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We are providing an amazing, safe, and thrilling, on-water experience, here in pristine Old Lyme. Our full service paddle sport center is located directly on the 500 acre, Great Island Estuary and the CT River Canoe and Kayak Trail, providing open spaces, natural beauty, and miles of exploration for all to enjoy.
This is one of the premiere destinations in the entire Northeast and our fleet of canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards are suited for fishing, open water touring, and recreational family fun. We offer both rentals and sales of Kayaks, SUPs and accessories. Black Hall Outfitters is located directly on the Connecticut River Estuary, Canoe and Kayak trail. The 500 acre, Great Island Wildlife Management area is right in our backyard and one of the country’s top Paddle Sport Destinations. These vast waterways where the Connecticut River meets the Long Island Sound provide an endless range of exploration and fun on the water. Serious enthusiasts can take on the many miles of waterways and tidal flats for a great workout, hit the sound for open water touring, or to just “escape” civilization for a while exploring deep into the many tributaries.
Yes we do, you're always welcome to bring your furry friend with you during your rental! However, we do ask that your furry friend be leashed when on land and that you clean up after them.
There is no minimum age to rent a kayak however, all minors will need to have a parent/guardian sign a waiver on their behalf and accompany them for the full duration of the rental.
The rental fee includes all the necessary equipment so there is no equipment you are required to bring however, if you have your own paddle or life jacket, you are welcome to use it. As for clothing, wear whatever you are most comfortable in that you don't mind getting wet. Also, flip flops or water shoes are recommended but not required.
When you arrive, all persons in your party who are 18 or older will need to come inside the shop and complete our waiver form (parent/guardians will sign for any minors in the party). Also, one person in your party will need to leave behind their drivers license while you are on the water. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservation to allow time for the waiver process.
There is no cancellation/rescheduling policies for non-guided rentals. Just call the location your reservation was created for if you need to cancel or reschedule and we will be happy to help.
Not at all! Just mention to a BHO Crew Member that it is your first time and we'd be happy to help. If you would like a BHO Guided Tour or a BHO Guided Paddle Lesson, please give us a call and we will be happy to help coordinate. The fee for a BHO Guide is $65/per hour.
Generally speaking, the most common length of time for a rental is 2 hours as it allows you to have plenty of time to explore while not being out for too long.
Absolutely, although it is not required! If you have a preferred PFD or paddle, you are more than welcome to use it instead of the provided equipment. If you would like to use your own kayak without the purchase of a rental however, we will charge a $20 parking fee per car.
Absolutely! We charge $25/night/equipment in addition to the standard rental fee for off-site overnight rentals (only applicable for rentals of 8 hours or more). If you would like us to deliver the equipment and you are located in East Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, or Clinton, we will also charge a $50 delivery fee.