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Rutabaga Paddlesports

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593 reviews
|Retail|Madison, WI 53716

220 W Broadway, Madison, WI 53716

(608) 223-9300


Open now:10:00 am - 8:00 pm



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Rutabaga is the preeminent canoe, kayak and stand up paddle shop in the U.S. We offer hundreds of models of muscle-propelled watercraft for all varieties of activity, from fishing to racing, tripping to day paddles on the local streams and lakes. We're located on the water and offer test paddling every day, no appointment. We are family-owned and operated and do the best we can to give the best service on the planet.

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Ben Brzeski on Facebook

a month ago

06/13/2020, 07:58 AM
A few years ago, I left Rutabaga Paddlesports with a beautiful new kayak (which I continue to love) feeling compelled to give a shout out for the spectacular customer service from Dan Bowers. Talk about consistency. Today, my wife and I walked away with the same appreciation as owner and chief paddling evangelist, Darren Bush answered every question, played with our kids and helped Liz find her SUP. All this from behind the safety of masks, safe distance and a well run limited capacity store. Friends, this small business is legit exceptional. This year they made the difficult late in the game decision to shut down their annual Paddlesports convention (largest in the world) in March for the safety of all involved. I know this made a major dent in their annual revenues. If you need anything for the water, this season or ever, please buy from Baga. (www.rutabaga.com) They only carry quality gear and their knowledge and professionalism can’t be beat. They ship, do curbside pick up currently, and you can test paddle in their backyard! Look them up. Read about them. I promise you’ll be impressed. We look forward to our return to Canoecopia in 2021. Thanks again Darren. Best to you. In the dictionary under “authentic” it says you.
Al Fairfield on Facebook

2 months ago

05/10/2020, 15:29 PM
Some of our favorite people ever!
Patrick Garrett on Facebook

3 months ago

04/28/2020, 02:58 AM
Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. If you're in the market for a new kayak, check out their used or overstocked selections.
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John Glowacki on Facebook

3 months ago

04/20/2020, 05:22 AM
I don't think you could find more knowledgeable and friendly staff. Manage your social distancing on a river.
Matt Steel on Facebook

3 months ago

04/17/2020, 06:08 AM
Bought my first "high end" paddle from them, shipping was fast and free. I had some questions on my Quetico trip and the gentleman on the phone answered my questions, despite how novice they sounded.
Chris Armstrong on Facebook

3 months ago

04/10/2020, 06:30 AM
I keep coming back because of the large selection of paddling gear/boats and the wonderful staff..Bonus: you can try out any boat out back on the water..👍
Tom Gannon on Facebook

3 months ago

04/09/2020, 04:19 AM
We had a great experience at Rutabaga. They gave us helpful insights throughout the entire process. Highly recommend.
Karen Larson on Facebook

3 months ago

04/03/2020, 09:21 AM
The owner and staff have risen to the challenges the pandemic has brought forward. Their passion for their work shows in the adaptations they have made to continue to serve their customers. What a great team and business. We all need outdoor recreation now more than ever!
Emily Kay Treder Nie on Facebook

3 months ago

04/02/2020, 03:35 AM
Great selection of boats and gear.
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