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Paddleboarders make their way through the waterways in Forest Park during a test run of Big Muddy Adventures' stand-up paddleboard rentals. Photo courtesy of Big Muddy Adventures

Barbecue by Sugarfire Smoke House, paddleboarding, canoes, kayaks and Forest Park? You can enjoy that savory, sunny combination this summer, according to a partnership announced Monday.

Boathouse Paddle Co. is a new venture with the St. Louis Parks Department and the Sugarfire Smoke House Group, which already announced it would take over restaurant operations at the Boathouse at Forest Park.

Sugarfire begins food service Wednesday at the Boathouse, which sits on the edge of Post-Dispatch Lake.

Boathouse Paddle Co. will operate the dock there starting May 4. In addition to paddleboats, which have been available to rent, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards will be available for rent daily from 11 a.m. to sunset.

Paddleboat, canoe and extra-large paddleboards will be $20 for the first hour. Kayaks and regular paddleboards will be $15 an hour. Additional hours for all boats will be $15.

Next month, the group will announce details on stand-up paddleboard yoga, kayak classes, guided tours and moonlight paddles. Roo Yawitz, the general manager of Big Muddy Adventures, the city’s only professional canoe and kayak outfitter, will serve as general manager for Boathouse Paddle Co.

“After the success of our pop-up paddleboard rental last summer, we are so excited to be able to partner with Sugarfire to bring these great paddle activities to the best urban park in the country ” Yawitz said in a statement.

There are now eight Sugarfire franchise locations — including a recently opened restaurant in Indianapolis. Locations in O'Fallon, Ill., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Westminster, Colo., are set to open soon. And there's also Sugarfire Pie and Hi-Pointe Drive-In.

No word on whether giant racks of ribs will be available for paddleboarding at the Boathouse, Flintstones-style.

Valerie Schremp Hahn is a features writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.