Paddle Board Rentals – Crested Butte, Colorado


Paddle Boarding with a dog

Spend the day at a lake, or gear up for a river trip!

Rent a paddle board and take the crew to lake Irwin for the day.  Better yet, book a trip to paddle board down the Slate River!  The Float Shack will supply all the gear, knowledge and locations for you to have the best experience paddle boarding in Crested Butte.

Stand Up Paddle Board on the Upper Slate River, Crested Butte

Paddle Boarders on the Slate River Crested Butte, Colorado

About Us

The Float-Shack has been serving Crested Butte and the Upper Gunnison Valley since 2016.  Our motto: “Easy SUP rentals!”  Book a trip with us and see why we are Crested Butte’s favorite paddle board rental and delivery service!

Lake Irwin, Crested Butte, Colorado

Plan Your Perfect Trip With Us

  1. Select the BOOK NOW button.
  2. Choose an available date to paddle board.
  3. Multi-Person or Single paddle board selection is next.
  4. Set your delivery address.
Paddle boarding near Crested Butte in fall colors

Slate River

Enjoy a 5.5-mile gentle float just outside of town.  Put in at Pyramid Ave. and take out at Skyland Country Club (Brush Creek Road).

Lake Irwin

Only a few miles from downtown, Lake Irwin offers 25 surface acres to paddle board.

Lost Lake

Lost Lake Slough – picnic and camping with drive up acess.  Dollar Lake and Lost Lake are easy hiking located behind the Slough.

Emerald Lake

Continue up a few miles past Gothic townsite, Emerald Lake offers stunning views and breathtaking blue water!


Stand Up Paddle Board Package

Individual paddle board packages starting at $67.  Includes PFD, paddle and leash.

Family-Sized Paddle Board Package

Multi-person paddle boards.  Holds up to 900lbs.  $167 Daily rate includes 4 PFDs and 4 SUP paddles!

Inflatable Kayak – 2 Person

2 Person inflatable kayak.  Starting at $77. Includes 2 PFDs and 2 kayak paddles. 

River Float Tube

Float on the river with an oversized river float tube.  Individual use only.  $27 Full Day rental rate.

Kneeling girl on paddle board
Paddle Boarding on a Mountain Lake


What is your paddle board package?

All rented paddle boards will come with a adjustable  SUP paddle, PFD (personal flotation device), fins and leash.  SUP backpacks and pumps available upon request.

Are your rented paddle boards inflatable?

Yes, the Float-Shack only rents inflatable paddle boards.  Your paddle board will arrive to you fully inflated.  You may request your paddle boards to be delivered deflated.  We will bring you a manual pump to inflate your paddle boards.   Full inflation at 15 P.S.I. can be achieved in 10-15 minutes per paddle board.

Is my child old enough to paddle board alone?

The Float-Shack has rented to many young children.  We have smaller paddle boards, child and youth specific PFD’s (Personal flotation device).  As their parents, you will be a better judge of each child’s athletic ability.  

May I bring my dog paddle boarding?

The Float-Shack loves dogs!  We can recommend many places for you to enjoy the day paddle boarding with your furry friend.  However, we must inform everyone that dogs are not permitted to paddle board on the Slate River.

How far in advance do I need to make a reservation for paddle board rentals?

The Float-Shack has lots of paddle boards to rent, however during peak season we tend to get fully booked up.  To guarantee paddle boards during your stay in Crested Butte, we recommend to place your reservation well in advance using our secure online reservation system.

What Our Clients Say

Rusty Dog on a Paddle Board

First time to float the Slate, and Float Shack made it super easy with delivery to the put-in, shuttle, and even assistance with our own board. Thanks for the great equipment and service Float Shack!

– Winnie Y.

My wife and I came to Crested Butte for a few days and stayed at Lake Irwin and came into town looking for paddle boards. We stopped at a local rental shop and got some prices and decided to look around a bit more and gave Mike a call who quoted us a price that was far cheaper and he met us at our convenience and was super kind and courteous! The boards were top notch and included everything and we had them for a full 24 hours! Look no further than Float Shack for you SUP rentals!

– Chad P.

Had an amazing experience. Called them the week of and worked out the details of when they would drop them off the morning of. Mike came out and helped explain how everything worked, how to use it and set it all up on my car for the trip. Even called him up in the afternoon and he met us in downtown Crested Butte to pick the paddle boards up so we could just walk to lunch. Super flexible and great service.

– Daniel M.

Had a positive experience and day with Float Shack! Michael was very nice to reschedule my full-day appointment a day later, which was not expected and greatly appreciated! Had a good experience after some poor planning on my part! He gave a good list of local lakes that were closer to CB.
The rental comes with paddle, life jacket, ankle leash, and car straps. Give Michael a call the day before to set-up on a meeting location and time as well as pickup location and time! He will meet you at a convenient location and help strap the board to the car and give detailed instructions on setting things up!
Definitely take advantage of picking up the paddle board rental at 9:00am as weather in Crested Butte becomes cloudy, windy, and cooler as the afternoon and evening progresses.

– Katie E.

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