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Iken Canoe

Iken Canoe hires out Canadian canoes, sit-on-top kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUPs) on the stunning upper reaches of the River Alde between Snape and Aldeburgh, close to the Suffolk coast. 

Use of equipment can be arranged, from a short hire of one hour or more for a stand-up paddleboard, and two to four hours in a 3-man canoe, 2- or 1-person kayak. All craft are suitable for a wide range of skill levels and are ideal for couples, groups or family outings.

There are also two 'Katakanus' - very stable 6-person canoe-catamarans for families or friends.

Buoyancy aids, paddles and dry bags are all included. Iken Canoe will also provide you with a full safety briefing, a map and suggestions as to where you might explore while on the river.

Times of hire are flexible due to use of a pontoon, so that launch and return times are not reliant on tide height.

On its 18-mile journey down to the sea from Snape Bridge, the River Alde passes some of the most significant coastal marshland sites for birds in the country. Avocet, marsh harrier, curlew and god-wit are often seen, as well as many more species.

Iken Canoe is open every day in July and August (weather permitting) and is also available for corporate bookings.


Canadian canoe (3-person max) from £35

Sit-on-top Kayak (2-person max) from £30

Sit-on-top Kayak (1-person) from £25

Stand up paddleboard (SUP) from £15

Katakanu (6 people max)  from £75

Cornish Shrimper charter (max 4 people) from £120

Motor boat hire (max 5 people) from £75

Some important rules:

Buoyancy aids (provided) must be worn at all times by all customers.

Iken Canoe reserve the right to postpone hire if they feel the conditions are unsuitable .

Iken Canoe will not hire craft to under 18s, unless they are accompanied by an adult in the party. Children under the age of 7 years old are not allowed on the river in canoes, kayaks or SUPs.

Iken Canoe is permitted to hire to non-swimmers or solo paddlers for safety reasons.

Dog friendly
Attraction name:
Iken Canoe
From £15
Opening Hours:
Dates: April - October - Times: All day
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