Cocoa Kayak Rentals of Hershey

Gentle Creek Kayaking

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Phone : 717-756-5766



We strongly recommend you make reservations in advance by booking online or calling 717-756-5766 to assure kayak availability. Experienced kayak guides are available by reservation, but NOT required due to the gentle nature of the creek. If you wish to have a guided trip, you must indicate so when you make your reservation.

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All rentals include: kayak, paddle, life vest (PFD), waterproof container, shuttle, and basic instruction.


  • 2 Hours ->
  • 3 Hours ->
  • BYOKayak -> (Bring Your Own Kayak or Canoe)

single kayak*

  • $39.99
  • $54.99
  • $15/person

2-person kayak*

  • $79.99
  • $109.99
  • $15/person
  • * all prices subject to 6% PA sales tax and processing fees
  • 2-person kayaks are available in limited quantities
  • Kids (small) kayaks for 9-11y are available in limited quantities
  • Longer trips need to be arranged by email or calling 717-756-5766 
  • Boat rental requires use of outfitter shuttle, no self-carry
  • Rental time period begins at launch and ends at take out point.
  • Guided trips: add $15 an hour per guide. (guided trips must have a minimum of 5 people.)


  • 10% discount for military, Swatara Watershed Association and Manada Conservancy members.
  • 10% group discount with parties of 10 or more, if reservations are made and paid as one.
  • Discounts cannot be combined
  • Limit of 30 people per group, unless special arrangements are made.

Other Services:

  • Customized trips are available, and Cocoa Kayak Rentals will assist in your planning (see Packages on Home page).
  • Boxed lunches available at $15 each if pre-paid with reservation–made to order from the Brass Rail Deli.

Reservation Policy:

Advance reservations are required. Reservations require full payment. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.


The Swatara Creek is normally 2′ in depth and there are no rapids. Basic kayak instruction will be provided for all trips. According to PA Fish & Boat Commission: all kayak renters are required to have basic swim skills. We encourage you to wear your PFD at all times, when on or in the water. Be aware unexpected swims are possible and sudden drop-offs on the creek bottom occur.

Age Requirements:

Cocoa Kayak’s trips are suitable for all skill levels. The minimum participant age is 9 years for a single kayak rental, or 6 years of age if riding a tandem with an adult 18 years or older. (Our requirements for determining suitable weather and creek conditions are elevated for trips including children.)  No exceptions.

Liability Waiver:

All boaters must sign a liability waiver, unless under 18, than a parent or guardian. To download our liability waiver for review or to print and sign in preparation for your trip, click here.

Cancellation Policy:

We would appreciate avoiding short notice cancellations. Our booking software allows us to refund 100%, but you must notify us more than 24 hours prior to your trip time. If you cancel less than 24 hours prior to a trip, there may be a 5% transaction fee.

Late Fee:

DO NOT BE LATE! Renters must be ready to leave from meet-up location at the designated time. We do NOT wait for late arrivals since other customers may be on the same trip or it could affect the trip schedule throughout a day. If you are not able to reschedule after a late arrival, a  fee of 5% will be applied to your refund. Such determinations are at the discretion of Cocoa Kayaks of Hershey.

Weather Conditions Policy:

Trips run rain or shine–we reserve the right to modify or cancel trips when severe weather and creek conditions are determined unsafe by Cocoa Kayak’s management. If this occurs, Cocoa Kayak will reschedule your trip OR refund your deposit in full.