Boat & Craft Hire at Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre

Take to the water. Campers and outdoor activity lovers can enjoy exploring the lake by hiring a kayak, a canoe, or a katakanu. Not sure which craft suits you best? Not a problem we have listed each one of them below for you to choose from.

Kayak - Closed cockpit and sit-on-tops

Loads of fun on your own in these little boats.  Perfect for novice or expert alike, great for exploring the lake with or just messing around with your friends!

Canadian Canoe

A Canoe made for two. A fantastic choice if you want to take somebody out on the water with you to help out with the paddling! They will keep you drier than a kayak but there is no guarantee of a completely dry ride…. It depends on your canoeing partner!

Katakanu - Family Canoe

An ideal choice for the family or for those wanting to explore the lake without the risk of capsizing Up to 6 people can take to the water at once.




Book online

Sit on top Kayak

£11 per craft


Canadian Canoe (sits two people )

£15 per craft BOOK A CANOE

Katakanu - Family Canoe (sits up to 6 people - minimum of 4 people)

£21 per craft BOOK A KATAKANU

Private hire - Launch your own craft

£10 per session BOOK A PRIVATE HIRE SLOT

About the session

  • All buoyancy aids are supplied. Sessions are 50 minutes long.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes early to give you plenty of time to be ready to take to the water.
  • The minimum age for single occupancy craft hire is 8 years old.

Bring Your Own Craft

  • There is also the option to bring your own craft and enjoy our lake from the comfort of your own paddleboat.
  • Booking slots are available at a cost of £10 per session.


What boats and craft are available to hire?

Choose between a Kayak, Canoe, or a Katakanu

Can I bring my own craft?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own craft and paddle around the lake in one of the designated sessions. All paddle boats are permitted.

We request evidence of your insurance and this must comply with British Canoeing regulations.

What safety equipment do I need?

All buoyancy aids are provided. You are also welcome to use your own buoyancy aids, as long as they comply with European safety standards.

How old do children need to be to go on the boats?

Children under 8 must be in a craft with a responsible adult.

Children age 8-12 years must have an adult on the water with them but this can be in separate boats.

Children age 12 - 15 years may explore the lake on their own but must have an adult supervising from the lakeside.