Outdoor recreation and rentals

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Recreation office

Located in the Annex building, a cozy and refurbished farmhouse, the Rec Office offers students of all skill levels the chance to explore the outdoors. Come by during office hours to:

Group of WSU students wearing winter clothes pose in the foreground in front of a snowy Mt. Hood

Outdoor adventures

The Rec Office organizes trips and activities to provide you with the opportunity to enjoy and access the great outdoors, all while acknowledging the land we recreate on. Come take an adventure with us, bring your friends, and make some new ones.

  • We plan trips for a variety of skill and experience levels
  • We offer free and reduced-cost activities, thanks to S&A fees

Sign up for an upcoming trip

  • Sign up in-person at the Rec Office. Bring your CougarCard with you.
  • Registration is first come, first served.
  • Bring cash or check to secure your spot. We currently cannot accept debit or credit cards.

Eligibility: Trips are reserved for current students. If space permits, students may sponsor a non-student.

Fall 2024 events calendar

Events calendar coming soon

Student trip leaders

Trips are led and organized by our Adventure Facilitators, Rec Office student leaders, under the guidance of our Rec Coordinator. Adventure Facilitators have the leadership and risk management skills to know how to create safe and transformative outdoor experiences for all students.

Campus recreation areas

Disc golf course: Located next to the Rec Office, this 9-hole disc golf course is open to campus and community members alike. Current students, faculty and staff can rent discs at the Rec Office for free.

Walking and running trails: WSU Vancouver has six miles of Cougar trails, great for walking, running, and biking.

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Two students in wetsuits and helmets paddle board on a river

Gear rentals

We have an extensive rental gear library at a fraction of the cost of other outdoor shops. Our staff can help you plan a trip and show you how to use our gear.

To reserve gear, please complete the rental form or come by the Rec Office.

Gear Rental Form

Payment: Please bring your CougarCard and cash or a check to the Rec Office to pay for your rental. We currently do not accept debit or credit cards.

Gear rentals and pricing

Gear availability depends on our inventory and the season. Only current students, faculty, and staff can rent gear. We do not rent to sponsored guests, community members, alumni, or students from other WSU campuses.

Winter gear
Item Student day rate Faculty & staff day rate Additional day rate
Downhill ski package (skis, boots, poles, helmet) $15 $20 $5
Snowboard package (board, boots, bag, helmet) $15 $20 $5
Lift package (Ski or snowboard package & lift tickets) Save $5 on rentals Save $5 on rentals $5
Snowboard $12 $17 $5
Snowboard boots $5 $10 $2
Snow helmet $3 $5 $1
Ski poles $5 $10 $2
Snowshoes $5 $10 $2
Sled $4 $5 $1
Stand-up Paddleboard (SUP) gear
Item Student day rate Faculty & staff day rate Additional day rate
SUP package (paddle board, PFD, paddle, wet suit, dry bag, phone case) $20 $25 $10
Paddle $2 $5 $1
Wet suit $5 $10 $2
Dry bag $2 $5 $1
Personal flotation device (PFD) $15 $10 $2
Backpacking and camping gear
Item Student day rate Faculty & staff day rate Additional day rate
Backpacks $5 $10 $2
Daypacks $5 $10 $2
Tent (One and two-person) $7 $12 $2
Tent (Four-person) $10 $15 $5
Sleeping bag $8 $13 $2
Sleeping pad $4 $5 $1
Camp chair $4 $5 $1
Camping stoves $5 $7 $1
Cooking pot set $3 $8 $1
Cooler $4 $6 $1
Bear-proof canister $2 $3 $1
Lanterns $8 $13 $2
Hammock and Straps $5 $10 $2
Climbing gear
Item Student day rate Faculty & staff day rate Additional day rate
Crash pad $5 $10 $2
Fishing gear
Item Student day rate Faculty & staff day rate Additional day rate
Fishing package (pole, tackle box, net) $7 $7 $3
Individual fishing items $3 $3 $1

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  • Fill out the Gear Rental Form. Staff will email a confirmation.
  • Arrive at the Recreation Office at the Annex building at your pick-up time. Pick-ups can take up to 20 minutes.
  • Show your WSU Vancouver Cougar Card.
  • Pay with cash or check (no credit cards).
  • Sign the rental agreement and payment paperwork.

Staff will assist with loading and instructions. You are responsible for the rented equipment as per the agreement.

Customers should give at least 48 hours' notice of cancellation by phone or email. Rentals not picked up on time without notice will forfeit the reservation. Late returns are subject to a late fee equal to the additional-day price of the rented item(s).

  • Arrive at the Recreation Office at the Annex building at your designated return time. Returns can take up to 20 minutes.
  • Clean and sanitize rental gear before returning. A cleaning fee may apply if gear is not cleaned (do not use bleach).
  • Staff will gather items and place them in designated areas.

You are responsible for all rented gear and terms outlined in the rental agreement. Staff will contact you if any gear is damaged, and you may be subject to a replacement fee.