Gear Rental

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The Adventure Center has everything you need for your next trip or group event! Our services are open to NIU as well as the community and general public.

There are many resources available at the Adventure Center including more information about our trips, team building and custom events, as well as resources on local recreation areas and a free library with educational and travel books, DVD's and maps of popular destinations. All materials are free to checkout for two weeks. 

Contact our staff with any questions or if you are looking to reserve equipment for a large group at outdooradventure@niu.edu. Please help get the word out and share a review of your rental experience on Yelp.

Used Gear Sale 2021

There is a wide selection of outdoor recreation and sports equipment items available for sale. Check out the updated list of equipment available. Stop by the Adventure Center during business hours to view and purchase items.

Sale items were previously used by NIU Outdoor Adventures for adventure trips, rentals and workshops. Gear is sold in "as is" condition and all sales are final. No returns, refunds or exchanges. Proceeds from the sale are reinvested to purchase new gear and equipment to benefit future patrons of our programs. 

Sold! Triton Bass Fishing Boat

A 2004 Triton TR175DC bass fishing boat previously used by the NIU Bass Fishing Team was sold on Sept. 12, 2021during the used gear sale for $6,000 benefitting NIU Sports Clubs. 

Rates

All gear rentals are subject to outdoor gear rental rules and policies.

  • For bike, sports, water and winter gear:
    • "Per day" - check out and return the same day.
    • "Weekend" - check out equipment Monday-Thursday or Thursday-Monday or any four-day period.
    • "Week" - check out equipment on any day of the week and return by the same day the following week (i.e. Monday to Monday).
  • For camping equipment:
    • "1-4 Days or Weekend" - check out equipment for one up to four days.
    • "Week+ or 5-12 Days" - check out equipment for five up to 12 days. 
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Late returns: For each day late, the renter will pay the "per day" fee and increases to the weekend, week, etc. After two weeks equipment is assumed lost and the renter is charged a replacement fee.

NIU Student

Biking Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Bike helmet or lock only $3 $5 $8
Bike, mountain Trek 4 series
(includes helmet and lock)
$10 $15 $30

Camping Gear
Tents 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Two or three person tent (includes two ground tarps) $10 $15
Four person tent (includes two ground tarps) $15 $20
Six person tent (includes two ground tarps) $20 $30
Sleeping Bags 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Sleeping bag 0, 15, 20, 40 degree $5 $8
Sleeping pad (closed cell foam) $2 $4
Packs 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Internal frame backpack 80L $5 $8
Backpack cover $1 $2
Kids daypack 18L $3 $5
Stoves 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Stove, two-burner $5 $8
Fuel bottle 20oz (includes white gas fuel) $2 $2
Cook Pots 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Small cook kit (2 pots, fry pan/lid, and handle) $2 $4
Large cook pot $2 $4
Ice and Water Coolers 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Large cooler $2 $4
Water cooler (5 gallons) $2 $4
Additional Equipment 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Camp chair $3 $5
Hammock (includes straps) $3 $5
Headlamp $3 $5
Trekking poles (set of 2) $3 $5
Lantern (rechargable electric) $3 $5
S'more sticks (set of 4) $3 $5

Winter Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Cross country skis (includes boots and poles) $5 $10 $15
Ice skates (figure or hockey, child sizes available) $5 $10 $15
Ice skate sharpening $10 N/A N/A
Snowboard package (includes board, boots, and helmet) $15 $30 $60
Snowboard only $10 $20 $40
Snowboard boot or helmet only $5 $10 $15
Snowshoes $5 $10 $15

Sport Items Per Day Weekend Week
Basketball (for outdoor play) $2 $3 $4
Bases set (for kickball or softball) $2 $3 $4
Bouldering/climbing shoes $2 $3 $4
Disc golf set  $2 $3 $4
Field cones (set of four)  $2 $3 $4
Flip score (portable scoreboard) $2 $3 $4
Football $2 $3 $4
Frisbee (light-up) $2 $3 $4
Soccer ball $2 $3 $4
Softball  $2 $3 $4
Softball bat (aluminum) $2 $3 $4
Volleyball $2 $3 $4
Bags set $5 $10 $15
Bouldering crashpad $5 $10 $15
Flag football flag set $5 $10 $15
Giant Jenga $5 $10 $15
Kan Jam  $5 $10 $15
Laddergolf $5 $10 $15
Slackline $5 $10 $15
Spikeball $5 $10 $15
Volleyball net and standards $5 $10 $15
Tent, canopy popup (10' x 10') $10 $15 $25

Water Gear Per Day Weekend Week
East Lagoon rentals: canoes, standup paddleboards, and sit-in-kayaks are available to use seasonally, come pick up your gear and key at the Adventure Center $10 $15 $30
Canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $15 $25 $40
Single kayak (includes paddle, PFD and car-top kit) $10 $15 $30
Double kayak (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $15 $25 $40
Standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD and car-top kit) $15 $25 $40
Inflatable standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD and pump) $25 $40 $60
Aluminum canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $25 $40 $60
Kevlar lightweight canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit)
can be rented at decreased rate for people with physical limitations
$50 $125 $250
Canoe, kayak, or SUP car-top kit $3 $5 $8
Dry sack, small 5L $3 $5 $8
Dry bag 55L or dry backpack 65L $5 $8 $12
Canoe seat chair $3 $5 $8
Paddle (canoe, kayak or SUP) $3 $5 $8
PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) $3 $5 $8
Canoe or kayak trailer (need to provide certificate of insurance, minimum 4 watercraft required to rent) $50 $125 $250

NIU Staff and General Public

Biking Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Bike helmet or lock only $5 $8 $12
Bike, mountain Trek 4 series (includes helmet and lock) $15 $25 $45

Camping Gear
Tents 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Two or three person tent (includes two ground tarps) $15 $25
Four person backpack tent (includes two ground tarps) $20 $30
Six person tent (includes two ground tarps) $30 $40
Sleeping Bags 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Sleeping bag 0, 15, 20, 40 or 50 degree (includes pad) $8 $12
Sleeping pad (closed cell foam) $3 $6
Packs 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Internal frame backpack 80L $8 $12
Backpack cover $2 $3
Kids daypack 18L $5 $8
Stoves 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Stove, two burner fuel $8 $12
Fuel bottle 20oz (includes white gas fuel) $3 $3
Cook Pots 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Small cook kit (2 pots, fry pan/lid, and handle) $3 $6
Large cook pot $3 $6
Coolers 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Ice cooler $3 $6
Water cooler (5 gallon) $3 $6
Additional Equipment 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Camp chair $5 $8
Hammock (includes straps) $5 $8
Headlamp $5 $8
Trekking poles (set of 2) $5 $8
Lantern (rechargable electric) $5 $8
S'more sticks (set of 4) $5 $8

Winter Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Cross country skis (includes boots and poles) $8 $15 $25
Ice skates (figure or hockey, child sizes available) $8 $15 $25
Ice skate sharpening $15 N/A N/A
Snowboard package (includes board, boots, and helmet) $25 $45 $90
Snowboard only $15 $30 $60
Snowboard boots or helmet only $8 $15 $25
Snowshoes $8 $15 $25

Sport Items Per Day Weekend Week
Basketball $3 $5 $6
Bases (for kickball or softball) $3 $5 $6
Bouldering/climbing shoes $3 $5 $6
Disc golf set $3 $5 $6
Field cones (set of four)  $3 $5 $6
Flipscore (portable scoreboard) $3 $5 $6
Football $3 $5 $6
Frisbee (light-up) $3 $5 $6
Soccer ball $3 $5 $6
Softball  $3 $5 $6
Softball bat (aluminum) $3 $5 $6
Volleyball $3 $5 $6
Bags set $8 $15 $25
Bouldering crashpad $8 $15 $25
Flag football flag set $8 $15 $25
Giant Jenga $8 $15 $25
Kan Jam $8 $15 $25
Laddergolf $8 $15 $25
Slackline $8 $15 $25
Spikeball $8 $15 $25
Volleyball net and standards $8 $15 $25
Tent, canopy popup (10' x 10') $15 $20 $30

Water Gear Per Day Weekend Week
East Lagoon rentals: canoes, standup paddleboards, and sit-in-kayaks are available to use seasonally, come pick up your gear and key at the Adventure Center $15 $25 $45
Canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $25 $40 $60
Single kayak (includes paddle, PFD and car-top kit) $15 $25 $45
Double kayak (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $25 $40 $60
Standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD, and car-top kit) $25 $40 $60
Inflatable standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD and pump) $40 $60 $90
Aluminum canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $40 $60 $90
Kevlar canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) can be rented at decreased rate for people with physical limitations $75 $190 $375
Canoe, kayak, or SUP car-top kit $5 $8 $12
Dry sack small 5L $5 $8 $12
Dry bag 55L or dry backpack 65L $8 $12 $18
Canoe seat chair $5 $8 $12
Paddle (from 4' - 5.5') $5 $8 $12
PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) $5 $8 $12
Canoe or kayak trailer (need to provide certificate of insurance, minimum 4 watercraft required to rent) $75 $190 $375

Promotional Items for Sale

Help support our student scholarship fund by purchasing custom items at the Adventure Center or by adding it your cart when registering for your next trip or event:

  • NIU Custom T-shirt $8 (heather grey with OA logo)
  • NIU Custom 32oz Nalgene Wide-Mouth Waterbottle $15 (green or red with OA logo)

 

Upcoming Events

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Current Hours

Contact Us

Adventure Center
outdooradventure@niu.edu
815-753-9423

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Open 3-6 p.m.

Location

Inside the Recreation Center, there is a separate entrance on the west side of the building on Stadium Drive East.

Temporary parking is available next to the racks of canoes.

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