COVID-19 Response: Updates & FAQs

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Rental Center Hours

Monday 10am-6pm
Tuesday 10am-6pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10am-6pm


Saturday Closed
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Rental Shop Closed May 29th - June 1st, and July 4th. 

Gear Rental Policies

  • Late returns will be charged at the rate corresponding to the additional days rented.
  • Items damaged or lost are subject to the cost/repair of the item.
  • Due to COVID-19, all rentals require advance reservation and payment.  You can submit a reservation request here.
  • We are currently only available for rental pick up and drop off on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-6pm, and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm.
The Center for Outdoor Adventure rents to everyone including the general public and the University of Minnesota community. Stop by and let us know how you plan to venture out!

Welcome to the Outdoor Gear Rental Center! Located at 244 SE Walnut St.

 We have modified our operations to provide the safest possible experience for both our staff and customers, which include additional cleaning protocols and curbside pick up:

Reservation Request Form

  • Submitting a reservation request does not guarantee an order - requests are subject to gear availability.
  • Reservation requests can be made anytime online or over the phone Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 10am - 6pm, and Sundays 12pm - 5pm.
  • Orders may only be picked up or dropped off Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10am - 6pm, or Sundays 12pm - 5pm.
  • All payments will be taken over the phone and in advance. If you submit your reservation electronically, we will contact you to confirm availability and for payment. Revised pricing structures can be found below.
  • Currently pick up and drop off will only be available from 10am-6pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and Sundays from 12pm - 5pm
  • Canoes will only be rented if customers have crossbars (which run the width of the vehicle) to allow staff to safely tie down boats.

Please recreate safely by following Minnesota Department of Health’s guidelines and being informed of the guidelines for the spaces and activities you are recreating in. Be prepared and self sufficient as many of the facilities and buildings in parks are not open at this time.

To make a reservation over the phone, or if you have questions about equipment, you can reach us at 612-625-8790.

Looking to buy your own gear? The COA is now selling used equipment on a rolling basis. We are selling stand up paddle boards, camping equipment, cross country skis and more. For more information, give us a call or send us an email -

Current Equipment Sale Pricing and Information


  • Equipment must be reserved in advance. We do not currently accept day-of rentals.
  • It is preferred that customers submit an online reservation request form that can be found here. Our staff will contact you to confirm your reservation and take payment over the phone as soon as we process your request.  We will process reservation requests in the order they are received. 
  • Canoe rentals will require vehicles that have crossbars for tying down to minimize customer interaction and maximize safety. Crossbars for tie downs run the width of the vehicle.


Rental Center Prices:

Camping and Backpacking

Item 1-day 3-day Additional day
Backpack $8.00 $16.00 $5.00
2p Tent $12.00 $24.00 $6.00
3p Tent $15.00 $30.00 $7.00
4p Tent $18.00 $36.00 $8.00
6p Tent $20.00 $40.00 $10.00
3p Mountaineering Tent $25.00 $50.00 $18.00
4p Mountaineering Tent $28.00 $56.00 $20.00
Sleeping Bag: 3-season $7.00 $14.00 $3.00
Sleeping Bag: Winter $8.00 $16.00 $3.00
Sleeping Pad: Foam $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Sleeping Pad: Air $5.00 $10.00 $3.00
Tarp  $7.00 $14.00 $4.00
Headlamp $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Lantern $4.00 $8.00 $3.00
Water Filter $7.00 $14.00 $4.00
Hammock $8.00 $16.00 $5.00
Cookset $5.00 $10.00 $3.00
2-Burner Stove $7.00 $14.00 $5.00
Backpacking Stove $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Trekking Poles $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Water Drom: 4L $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Bear Resistant Canister $5.00 $10.00 $3.00
Cooler (50L) $4.00 $8.00 $3.00


Canoeing and Paddleboarding

Item 1-day 3-day Additional day
Ultralight Canoe $45.00 $90.00 $35.00
Canoe $45.00 $90.00 $35.00
Portage Pack $6.00 $12.00 $4.00
Canoe Chair $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Stand-up Paddleboard: Inflatable $25.00 $50.00 $15.00
Dry Bag $3.00 $6.00 $2.00
Wetsuit - Farmer Jane/John $5.00 $10.00 $2.00


Climbing, Bouldering, and Mountaineering

Item 1-day 3-day Additional day
Bouldering Crash Pad $10.00 $20.00 $8.00
Climbing Shoes $4.00 $8.00 $3.00
Helmet $5.00 $10.00 $3.00
Harness $5.00 $10.00 $3.00
Mountaineering Boots $10.00 $20.00 $6.00
Crampons $7.00 $14.00 $5.00
Ice Tools $12.00 $24.00 $6.00


Mountain Biking

Item 1-day 3-day Additional day
Mountain Bike - Hardtall $35.00 $70.00 $20.00
Fat Bike $30.00 $60.00 $18.00
Single Speed Bike $12.00 $24.00 $6.00
Bikepacking Pack Set $10.00 $20.00 $5.00


Snow Sports

Item 1-day 3-day Additional day
Classic Cross Country Ski Package $12.00 $24.00 $8.00
Skate Cross Country Ski Package $16.00 $32.00 $10.00
Snowshoes $8.00 $16.00 $4.00
Kids Snowshoes $2.00 $4.00 $1.00