Equipment Rentals

The WSU Outdoor Education and Recreation Center has a variety of camping, climbing and other outdoor equipment available to rent.

WSU students, WSU employees and community members alike can rent equipment. It’s an easy and affordable way to enjoy all the natural beauty around us and try new outdoor recreation activities.

Make a Reservation

Email at least 48 hours in advance of the date you want to pick up the equipment.

Your email request should include:

  • Name of responsible renter 
  • Home address 
  • Phone number 
  • Email address
A person in full gear climbs up an ice wall.

All individuals named on the contract must be present at the time of pickup.

Reservation requests do not guarantee an order, as equipment is subject to availability. Watch for an email to confirm your equipment rental. 

You will need to make the full payment for your rental prior to pick-up. You’ll receive an online invoice from the OERC with payment instructions.

The WSU OERC reserves the right to refuse service or revoke rental privileges to any individual(s).


We want you to play longer and worry less with 2-day rentals for the price of one. Pick up anytime today and return it by 5pm tomorrow.

Rental PeriodPrice Scale
1 Day1x Daily Rate
2 Days1x Daily Rate
3 Days 2x Daily Rate
4 Days 3x Daily Rate
5 Days 4x Daily Rate
6+ Days Daily Rate per day, minus 1 day
Weekend (Fri-Mon) 3x Daily Rate

All rentals are listed at the daily rate.  

WSU students receive 20% off the daily rate. If you rent 10 or more of the same item (for example, 10 pairs of snowshoes or 10 sleeping bags), you’ll receive an additional 10% discount.

All rentals are subject to Minnesota state tax of 7.375%.

Equipment Type ItemsPrice per Day
Camping4 Person Tent$20
CampingSleeping Bag w/ liner (Mountain Hardware Bozeman 30 Degree)$10
CampingSleeping Pad$5
Camping2- Burner Stove (Green Coleman)$5
CampingTrekking Poles$5
CampingCooler (120 qt)$8
CampingBackpack (Osprey 55L)$8
CampingCampsite Countertop$8
CampingHand Washing Station$8
CampingDry Box 40L$8
ClimbingIce Climbing Boots (Scarpa Mont Blanc)$20
ClimbingIce Tools (Petzl Nomic, BD Fuel, Grivel North Machine)$15
ClimbingBouldering Crash Pad$5
SnowshoesSnowshoes (Adult) $10
SnowshoesSnowshoes (Youth)$5
PaddlingCanoe Package (1 canoe, 2 paddles, 2 PFDs, straps, and pads) $30
PaddlingKayak Package (1 kayak, 1 paddle, 1PFD, straps, and pads)$30
PaddlingInflatable Stand up paddleboard package (1 ISUP, 1 paddle, 1 PFD)$30

Cancellations & Refunds

You will not receive a refund if you do not cancel your order or pick up your equipment within 7 calendar days of the start of the reservation.

You will not receive a refund if you modify your order to decrease the value of the original order within 7 calendar days of the start of the reservation.

We will review refund requests on a case-by-case basis if we have made a mistake on your order or there is some other legitimate reason.

Equipment Check-Out Procedures

You can pick up your OERC Rentals during the following hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 5-9pm 
  • Saturday: 8am-6pm
  • Sunday: 8-10am, 3-6pm

All equipment rentals are picked up at the Wabasha Recreation Center.

Photo ID is required at the time of pick-up. You will have to sign the Rental Agreement & Liability Waiver before taking any equipment.

Before leaving the OERC Rental Center, you are responsible for inspecting all equipment carefully and bringing any missing or damaged equipment to an OERC staff member’s attention.

Make sure any discrepancies are noted on the rental agreement. Failure to note any discrepancies may result in a fee for damaged or missing equipment.

Please ask an OERC staff member for help with inspection and instructions on how to properly set-up the equipment if you are unsure.

Contact the OERC
Outdoor Education & Recreation Center
Wabasha Recreation Center LL117


351 Lafayette Street

Email the OERC
Mike Henderson
Outdoor Education and Recreation Center Associate Director


  • S. Recreation
  • AIARE Course Leader
  • AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
  • Wilderness EMT

Mike loves to travel anywhere that makes him nervous and his favorite outdoor activities are skiing and ice climbing—ideally both in the same route.