See Memphis like you’ve never seen it before


Kayak Memphis offers guided trips and group kayak rentals along the Memphis Riverfront. See amazing views of the Memphis skyline from your kayak.



$20 – $75/per person

What you Get.

Kayak Rentals Offered by 4th Cup

This is a self-service kayak rental system designed for experienced paddlers to kayak in the Harbor.  You MUST be comfortable with launching/taking-out your kayak rental and carrying it to and from the storage rack without assistance. These self-service rentals are offered by The 4th Cup coffee shop in River Garden Park, Friday – Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm (with occasional closures through the season due to river levels). These rentals do not require a reservation and are offered on a first-come, first served basis.

Kayak rentals are $20 for one hour

Tandem kayak rentals are $30 for one hour

Each additional hour is $10

A paddle and a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device(PFD) are included with your rental. The Harbor is a 3 mile long stretch of flat water off the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis.

**If this is your first time kayaking or if you have a group of 4 people or more, please e-mail or call 901-482-2942 to inquire about kayak tutorials and reservations.

Guided Harbor Tours

These tours can include a tutorial for first-timers and beginners upon request and require a reservation. Each of these tours usually last around 2 hours and are $60 per person. The trip allows paddlers to access areas of the harbor off limits to those only renting a kayak. Group rates available.

MS River Guided Tours

These tours are for experienced paddlers that are feeling adventurous and comfortable with paddling on the Mississippi River. Reservations are required and shuttle service is included.


Kayak Rental hours for the 2021 season from 4th Cup in River Garden are Friday – Sunday from 11 am – 7 pm. Office Hours are 7 days a week from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

For guided tours and reservations

Call: 901-482-2942

or email

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Parking is available on the Cobblestone Landing and in designated spaces at Court Ave and Riverside Dr

Need Help?

No worries! We’ll go over all of the safety information when you pick up your rental.


Every paddler is equiped with a type III (pictured above) personal floatation device and kayak paddle. The guide will also have a type I (throwable) P.F.D. and rope.

If you grew up in or around Memphis, you’ve probably been told boating on the Mississippi River is too dangerous. We encourage you to experience a unique adventure on the Mississippi River and Memphis Harbor safely, as we have with our families for decades. Mark Babb, Kayak Memphis owner and firefighter/paramedic, worked as a licensed riverboat pilot from 1985 to 1995, is CPR certifited and has successfully completed swiftwater rescue training. His family and our guides have led many trips on the Mississippi River and sections of the Wolf River since 2005.

Got Questions?

The Team

Kayak Memphis has been renting boats and guiding trips on the Mississippi River since 2005. We began this venture by accommodating friends & family on guided river tours. These trips have ranged from Galena, Illinois all the way to Vicksburg, Mississippi. In addition, we opened Ghost River Rentals that same year. Since then, we have had people from all over the world and walks of life join the Kayak Memphis family and use our services to get out in the water.