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The Heart of Downtown Traverse city's Rentals

In the heart of Traverse City, on the shores of West Bay, Paddle TC sits, readying bikes, paddleboards and kayaks for your enjoyment.  Paddle TC rents ‘people powered fun’ to encourage you to be outside, active and create lifelong memories as you enjoy the great expanse of Traverse City.

It’s hard to imagine a better way to immerse yourself in the life of a region than to explore hidden corners and appreciate the local nuances. You can enjoy the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power via Paddle TC.  

Actively engaging with the outdoors is a healthy way to connect more authentically with the area….and it is fun! These are experiences, sights and sounds that you just can't reach from car or tour bus.  We at Paddle TC want to “make it happen" for you.

Paddle TC’s comprehensive planning and support is aimed at one simple goal, bringing you the immediate, highly personal satisfaction of discovering Traverse City on your own terms.

Traverse City native and Paddle TC owner, Jeff, has a strong connection to the community and understanding of the summer season. He appreciates the sugar sand beaches and majestic sunsets.  With many years of rental experience under his belt, he is committed to ensuring you will have a well thought out and fun-filled trip.  Paddle TC’s clean well maintained rental equipment, local knowledge, upbeat and courteous customer service and overall love of the outdoors is a combination that leads to safe healthy fun.

An added bonus of renting with Paddle TC is the working connection with TC Watersports, Traverse City’s premier boat rental livery. TC Watersports rents motorized boats (pontoon, jet skis, ski boats, jet boats, deck boats, wakeboard boats and fishing boats) along with water trampolines and parasailing trips.  Ask for information about Paddle TC & TC Watersports combination discounts!


Meet the Crew

JEFFREY B.

A beach enthusiast and former math teacher, Jeff seized the opportunity to move from the classroom to the beach. The result of this bold move is summers spent on the beach with Paddle TC, and an off-season full of traveling across the United States with family and friends.  

Growing up in a beachfront town, he loves to swim and spend time playing beach volleyball.

As a high school junior he jumped at the opportunity to work on the beach for a local jet ski rental eventually working his way into a management role. His passion for boating grew through his college years as he became an avid wakeboarder. Jeff then spent several years working with families and children as a local math teacher.

This background lends itself well to the customer service Jeff provides Paddle TC customers, as he can frequently be seen opening up the booth as the morning sun rises, with a smile on his face and his toes in the sand!


Mike J.

Mike was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. His passions include anything athletic; kayaking, boating, wake-boarding, biking and rock climbing. He seeks adventure and loves to challenge himself everyday. Family, friends and a healthy lifestyle are the things he holds dear. His personal philosophy: "Treat others as you want to be treated, respect all things".


Casey W.

Casey is a native of Petoskey, MI. Since graduating from Northern Michigan University, she has been living and teaching in the Traverse City area for the last 7 years.  She loves traveling and doing anything active outdoors.


Booth and Tour Crew

The Paddle TC crew is polite, welcoming and energetic. If you are a first time visitor to Traverse City or you are a born and bred local, you will agree they provide great customer service, including safety lessons and operational instructions for all rental equipment.


Skylar H.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The White House 
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • Pig Tails
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • Brussels Sprouts
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Parent Trap
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • White Tiger
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • Stickers
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Reese's Puffs
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Bahamas

JImmy b.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The bank
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • bowl cut
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • carrots
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Brave Heart
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • bald eagle
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • money
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Special K
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Florida

Garryn J.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The White House
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • buzz cut
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • none
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • 180 south
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • Hedge Hog
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • no
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Lucky Charms
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Dominican Republic

Eric c.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The zoo
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • shaved sides with bun on top
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • steamed carrots
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Brave Heart
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • lion
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • no
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • captain crunch berries
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Virgin Islands

Ryan S.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • Pentagon
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • bowl cut
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • like them all
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Batman: Dark Knight Rises
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • Lion
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • money
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • none
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • California

Savannah c.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • Mall 
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • Pig Tails
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • Cauliflower
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • The Prestige
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • Zebra
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • clothes
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Lucky Charms
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • California

Tim b.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The bank 
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • Bowl Cut
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • Broccoli
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Forrest Gump
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • Liger
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • Watches
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Fruit Loops
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Hawaii

George m.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • Ford Field
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • Hair straight down
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • Broccoli
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Borat
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • Polar Bear
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • no
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Florida

ALLY B.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The White House 
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • Pig Tails
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • Brussels Sprouts
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Parent Trap
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • White Tiger
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • Stickers
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Reese's Puffs
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Bahamas

travis c.

  1. If you were invisible, where would you go?
    • The Yankee Stadium 
  2. What was your most embarrassing hair style?
    • bowl cut
  3. What vegetable do you hate?
    • egg plant
  4. What is your favorite movie of all-time?
    • Meet the Fockers
  5. What exotic pet would you like to have?
    • Grizzly Bear
  6. Do you like to collect anything?
    • Trophies
  7. What is your favorite cereal?
    • Lucky Charms
  8. Where is the farthest you have ever traveled?
    • Mexico

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