Situated on the lush tree-lined waterfront of City Park Lake, Ocean Water Beach Rentals' fleet of eco-friendly watercrafts carries visitors on casual aquatic voyages. Yellow and blue pedal boats take couples on human-powered trips into the tranquil waters, while single-person vessels such as eight-foot kayaks coast alongside lakefront houses, hovering birds, and extremely lost treasure ships. The aqua aficionados welcome boaters from March through November.
When Darryl and Larry Massey founded their flagship sporting goods store, Massey’s Professional Outfitters, in 1972, they never dreamed it would become an empire. But that’s exactly what happened. Within a handful of years, the father-and-son company had sprouted five locations stocked with a range of recreational equipment for outdoor enthusiasts. Though an undulating market and shifts in consumer interests challenged the company, Massey’s remained dedicated to equipping its clientele with gear from revered brands such as Patagonia, North Face, and Lowe Alpine. Today, their legacy is carried on by family members who share their vision of focusing on the needs of each consumer, whether the client wants to rent a kayak or requires specialty footwear for hiking or wading through a swimming pool of cake batter.
There are many ways to explore Lacombe's natural landscape, and Bayou Adventure gives you access to just about all of them. There are bike rentals for rolling along the surrounding nature paths, while kayaks allow sightseers to traverse the water or just stay on land and fight with paddles. For those looking to fish or hunt, Bayou Adventure keeps a wide assortment of equipment—as well as bait—in stock, from tackle to turkey necks and chicken livers. And for anyone not officially sanctioned for either activity, the outpost helps you start your journey by offering hunting and fishing licenses.
Bayou Kayaks maintains a fleet of 15 sleek, 24 single, 5 tandem, and 10 junior kayaks as well as 6 paddleboards that transport paddle buffs through the placid waters of Bayou St. John. After receiving safety equipment and a short tutorial, kayakers paddle through the scenic waterways, passing railroad bridges, waterside meadows, and urban wildlife. The modern sit-on-top vessels even allow paddlers to store their drinks in cup holders and bring along animal companions—such as dogs and well-behaved antelope—for the ride.
With a little help from Joe Rugs Water Adventures, almost anyone paddle a boat, cavort with friends at a memorable party, or even tour a swamp via airboat. Kayak and pontoon rentals let oar wielders craft their own excursions. Charter fishing trips, conversely, put an expert at the helm so passengers can focus on hooking fish they can batter and fry at home. Birthday and bachelor and bachelorette partiers can commission booze cruises, and fun seekers looking to stay dry can stay at the Lighthouse Bar, where a pool, waterfall, hot tub, and bar inspire dancing alongside live music.
In 1987, Brian McInerny was careening around Italy in a four-wheel, multipassenger Surrey cycle. An avid cyclist, he fell in love with this quirky contraption that he'd never seen in the United States and he immediately sought out the manufacturer and purchased a crate of them. Wheel Fun Rentals traces its origin to this very moment, as Brian changed his surrey-distribution company into a rental and tour company that spans the nation. In spite of a general suspicion of unicycles and their ulterior motives, the company's corporate philosophy espouses "Supporting active healthy lifestyles for our customers and maintaining a healthy environment for all." Wheel Fun's fleet of rentals now includes bicycles, multipassenger Surreys, scooters, surfboards, and paddle-based watercraft. They also promote green communities by offering free rentals to Big Brothers Big Sisters.