Abundant with lakes and rivers, the Stevens Point Area is full of opportunities for fun on the water. Stand-up paddle boarding is growing in popularity, and these local businesses have everything you need to get started. Looking for a place to go stand-up paddle boarding, rent a board, or take a lesson? Here's your complete guide to paddle boarding in the Stevens Point Area.

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Where to go Paddle Boarding

Ready to venture out on your own? Here you'll find our top paddle boarding locations in the Stevens Point Area, details on what to expect, where to park, and more.

Jordan Pond

5800 Jordan Road
Stevens Point, WI 
Where to park and launch

Dip your toes into paddle boarding at Jordan Park, located northeast of Stevens Point. This park features a 24-acre pond with picturesque glassy water surrounded by lush forests. Discover more great experiences at Jordan Park with their nature trails, campgrounds, and picnic areas.


Sunset Lake

1092 Sunset Lake Road
Amherst Junction, WI
Where to park and launch

Clear, pristine water awaits when you arrive at Sunset Lake and the adjacent park. Bring the paddle boards and launch at the popular summer beach that is typically crowded on most summer days. Paddle around the lake for a calm ride to clear your mind or just enjoy a summer day! 


McDill Pond

1902 Post Road
Stevens Point, WI
Where to park and launch

Spend the day with local birds at McDill Pond. Centrally located and home to several parks, McDill is a great pond if you want to grab a bite to eat and go for a gentle paddle. Explore the lower section of the pond by starting at Lower Whiting Park, or venture through the upper portion at Koziczkowski Park.


Lake Emily

3968 Park Drive
Amherst Junction, WI 
Where to park and launch

Find a sandy beach and a large picnic area surrounding the 96-acre, perfect for paddle boarding, Lake Emily. The lake is a tranquil spot that's great to bring the family and spend the whole day on or near the water. 


Want more recommendations? Visit the Paddle Guide for details on local paddle locations and put-ins.

Paddle Guide

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Where to Rent Paddle Boards

Don't have a paddle board? These local businesses offer an array of paddle board packages and other fun offerings. Read more to find out which rental is best for you!

Schmeeckle Reserve Outdoor Gear Rentals

2419 North Point Drive, Stevens Point, WI 

Paddle boards are not allowed on Lake Joanis, however, paddle board rentals are available at the visitor center and come with a tie-down kit to take off-site. Here you'll find paddle boards, kayaks, camping equipment, and much more available. All gear is rented per day, so take your time exploring the local lakes and rivers. 


Tiki Beach Bar & Grill

1126 County Road DB, Mosinee, WI 

Paddle Lake DuBay, an expansive 4,649-acre impoundment of the Wisconsin River at Tiki Beach Bar & Grill. Open for the summers, Tiki is a great spot for water sport rentals, including stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. Grab a bite to eat, a drink to go, and head out on Lake DuBay. With lots of room to explore, you can stay close - or venture out a bit further if you are feeling more adventurous. 




Northward Adventures

4201 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 

Rent paddle boards, kayaks, or canoes at a daily rate from Northward Adventures. Pick one of their paddle adventures like the Plover River, and Northward will transport you and the kayaks to a starting point. Check out their website to make reservations, explore events and learn about their outpost at Iverson Park.


Classes and Tours in Portage County

Looking for a beginner-friendly way to try out paddle boarding, tour a new place, or spend time on the water with friends? Find options with Northward Adventures in Stevens Point,  SUP The Rapids in Wisconsin Rapids and Adventure Outfitters in Waupaca who offer paddle board lessons, classes, and tours.

Have recommendations for other paddle-boarding options in the Stevens Point Area? Let us know!

Where to Park and Launch


Jordan Pond

County Road Y
Parking: Parking is available on the west side of the pond by the shelter on County Road Y and at the Jordan County Park campground.
Boat Launch: The boat launch is located on the west side of the pond by the shelter on County Road Y.
Access: You can access County Road Y for the Polish Heritage Highway (WI-66).

Sunset Lake

Sunset Lake Road
Parking: Parking is available on Sunset Lake Rd. at Sunset Lake Park on the east side of the lake.
Boat Launch: The boat launch is located on the east side of the lake on Sunset Lake Rd. You can also put in right at the Sunset Lake beach on Sunset Lake Rd.
Access: You can access Sunset Lake Road from County Road Z and County Road MM.

McDill Pond

Post Road
Parking: Parking is available on Post Rd. right next to the boat landing.
Boat Launch: The boat landing is located on the south side of the pond on Post Rd.
Access: You can access Post Road from Church Street and West McDill Avenue.

Lake Emily

Lake Drive
Parking Parking is available on the east side of the lake by the boat landing on Lake Drive.
Boat Launch: There is a boat landing on the east side of the lake on Lake Drive.
Access: You can access Lake Drive from Lake Emily Road and from Pavelski Road.
Edge Water Drive
Parking: There is a parking lot for the fishing pier on the south side of the lake right next to the canoe put in on Edge Water Dr.
Boat Launch: There is a canoe put in on the south side of the lake, located on Edge Water Dr.
Access: You can access Edge Water Drive from Lake Emily Road.
Park Drive
Parking: There is parking for the beach available on the north side of the lake on Park Dr.
Boat Launch: There is a beach on the north side by lake Emily County park on Park Dr. where you can put in.
Access: You can access Park Drive from Old Highway 18

Want More?

Looking for other ways to get out and active this summer? Find things to do this summer in the Stevens Point Area, including the best spots for a summer hike, and where to rent other summer outdoor gear. Heading out? Be sure to share your next adventure by including @stevenspointarea on Instagram or use #stevenspointarea!