When kayak rentals return to the Pittsburgh area on Memorial Day weekend, outdoors enthusiasts are going to find some changes for the coming summer season.

Kayak rentals won’t be available in the Downtown area this summer like in past years. Still, there is a new kayak rental location coming to Sharpsburg on May 28, and kayak rentals are returning to Allegheny RiverTrail Park in Aspinwall.

Kayak Pittsburgh, a service provided through Venture Outdoors, had rented kayaks on North Shore Riverfront Park next to PNC Park near the Roberto Clemente Bridge since 2004. Because that bridge is undergoing $34.4 million in repairs, the kayak operations are moving across the Allegheny River to a permanent home next to the David Lawrence Convention Center. But that location won’t be ready until next summer. 

So this summer, Kayak Pittsburgh is opening a new rental location upriver on James Sharp Landing at 1301 Main St., Sharpsburg. 

Kayaks also can be rented at its North Park location at 10301 Pearce Mill Road at the North Park Boathouse. Canoes, stand-up paddleboards and pedal boats also are available at that location.

Both locations open on May 28 and reservations can be made in advance. During Memorial Day weekend, both locations will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to make reservations, visit Venture Outdoors’ Kayak Pittsburgh.

3 Rivers Outdoor Company will now offer kayak rentals at the 10-acre park. The company already offered kayak rental options at its Regent Square location, but is expanding the service to Allegheny RiverTrail Park off Freeport Road to make kayaking easier for customers.

To kick off their kayak and outdoor gear rental services at their new location, 3 Rivers Outdoor Company is hosting a celebration at the park, 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 27. There will be live music and opportunities to rent kayaks and other outdoor equipment during the event. The company is also offering 50% off rental rates during Memorial Day weekend, according to its website.

Throughout Memorial Day weekend, 3 Rivers Outdoors Company is open from 12-7 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29. The company offers kayak and other equipment rentals via its website