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.

To rent gear you can make a reservation by calling or emailing your request. On the day of your rental visit the Adventure Center located inside of the Recreation Center, 325 North Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, IL. The Adventure Center has a separate entrance on the west side of the building on Stadium Drive East.

There is an adjacent parking lot next to racks of canoes and three temporary parking spots for guests visiting campus. Business hours are year-round 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday unless the university is closed.

There are many resources available at the Adventure Center including more information about our trips, teambuilding, and custom events, as well as resources on local recreation areas and a library with educational and travel books, DVD's and maps of popular destinations.

Contact our staff with any questions at 815-753-9423 or outdooradventure@niu.edu. Check out NIU Outdoor Adventure Center on Yelp

Rates

All gear rentals are subject to Outdoor Gear Rental Rules and Policies.

"Per Day" - check out equipment one day and return the next day.
"Weekend" - check out equipment Thursday-Monday or Friday-Tuesday.
"Week" - check out equipment on any day of week and return by same day the following week (i.e, Friday to Friday).

If rented during spring or winter break when the Adventure Center is closed, the renter will pay the weekly rate.

Late Returns: For each day late, the renter will pay the "per day" fee and increases to weekend, week, etc. After two weeks equipment is assumed lost and renter is charged a replacement fee.


NIU Student

Biking Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Bike helmet or lock $2 $3 $4
Bike, mountain Trek 4 series (includes helmet and lock) $8 $15 $30
Bike safety check $5 n/a n/a

Camping Gear 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Camping package (includes two or four person tent, up to 4 sleeping bags and pads, 1 cooking kit, 1 lantern and 1 two-burner stove) $30 $50
Tents 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Two person tent (includes two ground tarps) $10 $15
Two person backpack tent (includes two ground tarps) $10 $15
Four person tent (includes two ground tarps) $10 $15
Sleeping Bags 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Sleeping bag -20, 0, 15, 20, 40 or 50deg (includes pad) $5 $8
Sleeping pad $2 $4
Packs 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Internal frame backpack $6 $10
Daypack $2 $4
Stoves 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Stove, two burner fuel $6 $10
Fuel bottle (includes fuel) $2 $2
Cooking Kits 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Small cook kit (2 pots, fry pan/lid, and handle) $2 $4
Cook pots (3, 6, or 8 quarts) $2 $4
Ice Chests/Coolers 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Ice Chest (34 or 48 quart) $2 $4
Water Cooler (5 Gallon) $2 $4
Additional Equipment 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Headlamp $2 $4
Lantern (rechargable electric) $2 $4
Camp chair $2 $4
Hammock (includes straps) $2 $4
Rain jacket and pants $2 $4
Smore's Sticks (set of 4) $2 $3

Winter Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Cross country skis (includes boots and poles) $5 $10 $15
Ice skates (figure or hockey) $3 $5 $8
Ice skate sharpening $6 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 Packages Per Day Weekend Week
Badminton package (includes net, standards, 2 shuttlecocks and 4 racquets) $5 $10 $15
Bags set (includes boards and bags) $5 $10 $15
Bouldering package (includes crashpad and shoes) $5 $10 $15
Caving package (includes helmet, headlamp and pads) $5 $10 $15
Flag football package (includes belts, balls, cones and flip score) $5 $10 $15
Kan jam package (includes disc and scoring container) $5 $10 $15
Kickball package (includes bases, ball and flip score) $5 $10 $15
Slackline package $5 $10 $15
Softball package (includes 2 bats, softballs, bases and flip score) $8 $16 $30
Spikeball package $5 $10 $15
Volleyball package (includes net, standards and volleyball) $5 $10 $15

Sport Items Per Day Weekend Week
Basketball (for outdoor play) $2 $3 $4
Climbing shoes $2 $3 $4
Disc golf set (includes driver, mid-range and putter) $2 $3 $4
Field cones (set of four) and/or portable scoreboard $2 $3 $4
Football $2 $3 $4
Soccer ball $2 $3 $4
Softball (12" or 16") and/or softball bat (aluminum) $2 $3 $4
Tennis racquet $2 $3 $4
Tent, canopy popup (10' x 10') $10 $15 $25
Volleyball $2 $3 $4

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 $20 $40
Canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $15 $20 $40
Single kayak (includes paddle, PFD and car-top kit) $15 $20 $40
Double kayak (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $20 $25 $45
Standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD and car-top kit) $15 $20 $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 or kayak car-top kit $2 $4 $6
Dry bag - small $2 $4 $6
Dry bag - large $3 $5 $7
Canoe seat cushion or chair $2 $4 $6
Paddle (from 4' - 5.5') $2 $4 $6
PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) $2 $4 $6
Canoe or kayak trailer (need to provide certificate of insurance, minimum 4 canoes required to rent) $40 $100 $200

NIU Staff and General Public

Biking Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Bike helmet or lock $3 $4 $5
Bike, mountain Trek 4 series (includes helmet and lock) $10 $20 $35
Bike safety check $8 n/a n/a

Camping Gear 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Camping package (includes two or four person tent, up to 4 sleeping bags and pads, 1 cooking kit, 1 lantern and 1 two-burner stove) $45 $65
Tents 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Two person tent (includes two ground tarps) $12 $18
Two person backpack tent (includes two ground tarps) $12 $18
person tent (includes two ground tarps) $12 $18
Sleeping Bags 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Sleeping bag -20, 0, 15, 20, 40 or 50deg (includes pad) $6 $10
Sleeping pad $3 $5
Packs 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Internal frame backpack $8 $12
Daypack $3 $5
Stoves 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Stove, two burner fuel $8 $12
Fuel bottle (includes fuel) $3 $3
Cook Kits 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Small cook kit (2 pots, fry pan/lid, and handle) $3 $5
Cook pots (3, 6, or 8 quarts) $3 $5
Ice Chests/Coolers 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Ice chest (34 or 48 quart) $3 $5
Water cooler (5 gallon) $3 $5
Additional Equipment 1-4 Days 5-12 Days
Headlamp $3 $5
Lantern (rechargable electric) $3 $5
Camp chair $3 $5
Hammock (includes straps) $3 $5
Rain jacket and pants $3 $5
Smores Sticks (set of 4) $3 $4

Winter Equipment Per Day Weekend Week
Cross country skis (includes boots and poles) $7 $12 $17
Ice skates (figure or hockey) $5 $8 $10
Ice skate sharpening $8 N/A N/A
Snowboard package (includes board, boots, and helmet) $25 $40 $70
Snowboard only $15 $25 $45
Snowboard boots or helmet only $7 $12 $17
Snowshoes $7 $12 $17

Sport Packages Per Day Weekend Week
Badminton package (includes net, standards, 2 shuttlecocks and 4 racquets) $7 $12 $17
Bags set $7 $12 $17
Bouldering package (includes crashpad and shoes) $7 $12 $17
Caving package (includes helmet, headlamp and pads) $7 $12 $17
Flag football package (includes belts, balls, cones and flip score) $7 $12 $17
Kan jam (includes disc and scoring containers) $7 $12 $17
Kickball package (includes bases, ball and flip score) $7 $12 $17
Slackline package $7 $12 $17
Softball package (includes 2 bats, softballs, bases and flip score) $7 $12 $17
Spikeball package $7 $12 $17
Volleyball package (includes net, standards and volleyball) $7 $12 $17

Sport Items Per Day Weekend Week
Basketball $3 $4 $5
Climbing shoes $3 $4 $5
Disc golf set (includes driver, mid-range and putter) $3 $4 $5
Field cones (set of four) and/or portable scoreboard $3 $4 $5
Football $3 $4 $5
Soccer ball $3 $4 $5
Softball (12" or 16") and/or softball bat (aluminum) $3 $4 $5
Tennis racquet $3 $4 $5
Tent, canopy popup (10' x 10') $15 $20 $30
Volleyball $3 $4 $5

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 $20 $25 $45
Canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $20 $25 $45
Single kayak (includes paddle, PFD and car-top kit) $20 $25 $45
Double kayak (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $25 $30 $50
Standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD, and car-top kit) $20 $25 $45
Inflatable standup paddleboard (includes paddle, PFD and pump) $30 $45 $65
Aluminum canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit) $30 $45 $65
Kevlar canoe (includes 2 paddles, 2 PFDs and car-top kit)
can be rented at decreased rate for people with physical limitations
$60 $135 $260
Canoe or kayak car-top kit $3 $5 $7
Dry bag - small $3 $5 $7
Dry bag - large $4 $6 $8
Canoe seat cushion or chair $3 $5 $7
Paddle (from 4' - 5.5') $3 $5 $7
PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) $3 $5 $7
Canoe or kayak trailer (need to provide certificate of insurance, minimum 4 canoes required to rent) $50 $120 $225

Promotional Items for Sale

Help support our new trip 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 (kelly green softstyle or bright green dry-fit)
  • NIU Custom 32oz Nalgene Wide-Mouth Waterbottle $15 (choose from sparkly pink, red, blue or sage green)