Bring your own beers, grab some snacks, and load up your friends for a couple hours on the Milwaukee River. Milwaukee Paddle Tavern brings the non-stop fun you know and love from Pedal Tavern, and serves it up on the Milwaukee River. Rent a Duffy Boat and be a captain for the day or book a Paddle Tavern tour and let our team handle the boat while you focus on having fun.


Tour the Milwaukee River by Paddle Tavern or Duffy Boat! Rent a Duffy Boat and bring 12 people out for a cruise on the river or book a Paddle Tavern tour and fit up to 14 people! No matter which you choose, you’re bound to have an unforgettable time exploring the Milwaukee River and seeing Milwaukee in a way that most people never take the time to experience.

Hoan Bridge
The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is a tied-arch bridge that connects Interstate 794 in downtown Milwaukee to the Lake Freeway across the Milwaukee River inlet. Construction on the bridge began in 1970 and opened in 1977. The bridge was originally named the Harbor Bridge, but the bridge was renamed after Daniel Hoan, a Socialist, and one of the longest-serving mayors of Milwaukee.

Bronze Fonz Statue
The Bronze Fonz is located on the Milwaukee Riverwalk in downtown Milwaukee and depicts Henry Winkler as “The Fonz”, everyone’s favorite character from Happy Days. The television series was set in Milwaukee. Check out the Bronze Fonz and get a photo with “The Fonz” in a bronze version of his normal jeans, leather jacket, and two thumbs-up.

City Skyline
What better way to see the Milwaukee city skyline than from the Milwaukee River? Catch one of our evening tours and you just might be one of the lucky ones to catch a silhouette of the city from the Milwaukee River. Catch the city like you’ve never seen it before!

New Milwaukee
One of the things that we hear the most from our tours (especially from long-time Milwaukee locals) is that they’ve never seen the city like this. Come on a tour with Milwaukee Paddle Tavern and you’re likely to leave with an entirely new appreciation for the city of Milwaukee. Seeing Milwaukee from the Milwaukee River is an entirely new angle that most people never get to witness – don’t miss this opportunity!

Milwaukee River
Although it sometimes receives little notice, it’s one of the main reasons that Milwaukee is here and is even the reason for how the city received its name. For a while, pollution from agricultural, municipal and industrial sources, let to a host of problems. Today, interest in the Milwaukee River is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and various groups have joined forces over the past several decades to clean up the river.


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Rented a Duffy boat for my friends visiting Milwaukee and we had a blast! It was easy to drive, clean and very nice looking. Everyone was super impressed and loved exploring Milwaukee gems from the river. The blue tooth speakers and built-in cooler filled with ice was such a nice touch. The boat was very roomy with 9 people and we probably could have fit 12 comfortably, which is the max. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Keep up the good work!

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We had friends here from out of town and wanted to show them our city, so a group of us met at Boone and Crockett to hop on the Paddle Tavern. It was AMAZING!!! Got to see the skyline of our beautiful city at dusk and was topped off with "the most incredible fireworks show I've ever seen" ..... quote from our out of town guest!!!! Special thanks to Chad, our Captain and his 1st mate Evan!!! They took very good care of us!!! This is a MUST DO when in Milwaukee!!!

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Our paddle tavern was so much fun! The river is beautiful and our captain Tim did an amazing job navigating us through downtown and the third ward! So fun!