Adventure Shack & Rentals at Centennial Park

The Adventure Shack & Rentals will open in April for the 2017 season!

Check back here or Like us on Facebook for updates - the exact opening date will be determined by weather and other factors at the lake.  The best way to check for updates is to call the Adventure Shack & Rentals office at 410-313-7303 before heading to the park!  Concessions and general store items also available for sale!  Follow us on Facebook!

Your drivers license, rental fee and an additional $10 deposit are required to rent a boat. Life jackets are provided and must be worn at all times. The Adventure Shack may close during hazardous conditions. All boats are rented based on a first-come, first-served basis; we do not take reservations or hold boats. To reach the Boat Rental staff, please call 410-313-7303. All customers need to complete the Boat Rental Agreement in order to rent a boat.

ADDITIONAL $10 Deposit REQUIRED with all rentals.

Boat Dock Office: 410-313-7303
10000 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Live Bait (nightcrawlers) available for sale at the Adventure Shack during normal operating hours.

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The Adventure Shack is closed for the season.

Forget something for your time at the park?  Visit the Adventure Shack to grab a bite or pick up that last minute item:

  • Snack Bar items
  • Soda, water & juice
  • Ketchup and Mustard
  • Bagged Ice
  • Live Bait (nightcrawlers)
  • Fishing rods
  • And Much More....


The Adventure Shack & Rentals has closed for the 2016 season!  See you again in 2017!


To find the boat rental dock, enter Centennial Park through the main South entrance off Route 108.  Once in the park, take the second right and park in the top lot.  Walk down the pathway next to the access road to the Adventure Shack & Rentals area.

Operating hours may be altered during park events, such as extended hours for Sunset Serenades concerts and closures during triathlons on the lake.

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Call 410-313-7303 for the most up-to-date information including inclement weather closings!


Boat Rentals are closed for the season!  See you in 2017!

Cash or Credit Card (No checks):

2- or 4-Seat Paddle Boat: $10 per half hour
Canoe: $10 per hour
Kayak (single or double): $10 per hour
Row Boat: $10 per hour
Fishing boat with trolling motor*: $35 for a half-day rental (4 hours) or $60 for a full-day rental (8 hours)

ADDITIONAL $10 Deposit and photo ID REQUIRED with all rentals.  For example, if paying by cash, you must have the initial rental fee PLUS the $10 deposit per boat before renting.  If paying by card, your card will be charged the initial rental fee and held as a deposit - your card WILL be charged if you forfeit your deposit for any reason.

* By law, anyone operating this boat that was born after July 1, 1972 MUST have a Maryland Basic Boating Certificate.  The Adventure Shack is not responsible for any fines resulting from a failure to comply.

Rules & Regulations

Boat rentals have ended for the 2016 season!  See you again in 2017!

1. At least one person in each boat must be at least 16 years of age with valid photo ID.
2. The rental office accepts cash or credit card (no checks).
3. ALL patrons are required to wear the U.S.C.G. approved life vest provided AT ALL TIMES.
4. No pets are allowed on a rental boat.
5. Please do not feed the wildlife.  It is prohibited.
6. No swimming in the lake.
7. All children are counted in the number of people on the boat, regardless of age.
8. All park rules and regulations must be followed at all times.
9. Entering and exiting the boat is the passenger's responsibility.

Failure to follow these rules at all times will result in the loss of deposit.  If paying by card, your card WILL be charged the additional $10 deposit if you forfeit the deposit for any reason.

Inclement Weather

The lake is closed in the event of extreme hazardous conditions.  The Adventure Shack & Rentals may close early or not open at all in case of inclement weather in the forecast.  Call 410-313-7303 before heading to the park for the most up-to-date information.

Boat Rentals have ended for 2016.  The lake will remain open to personal boats until Dec 1.  Visit the main Centennial Park page for information on launching your own boat.

Renters should return to the rental dock immediately when you hear thunder while on the lake.  Listen for announcements from Adventure Shack staff as well.

Please Note:

This page is the ONLY official site for information about Boat Rentals at Centennial Park.  Don't be fooled by impostor websites - only sites that start with provide the correct information for Howard County Recreation and Parks and Centennial Park.

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