Get out and explore Madison’s largest attraction – our beautiful lakes.
Pontoon, kayak and canoe with Marshall Boats on Lake Mendota.
Trained staff will take care of all things boat-related, all you have to do is show up. For the ultimate Madison experience, check out one of the "Top 10 Paddle Destinations"—there are three on Lake Mendota.
Marshall Boats is the best way to get out and explore Lake Mendota, Madison’s largest lake. Take out a pontoon with your family, or have some fun paddling around on canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. Make excursions to UW-Madison’s Picnic Point, the Governor’s Mansion or Middleton’s Pheasant Branch Nature Preserve.
Madison Boats is a community of lake lovers at three amazing locations. They make getting out on the water with friends, family or by yourself easy and fun. Owner Tyler Leeper has been with Madison Boats since age 14 and strives to share his love for the lakes through boat rentals, services and events.
Please note: These activities are weather dependent, and unfortunately we do have to cancel at times when weather causes safety concerns. No refunds, but your experience never expires. You may reschedule as often as you'd like at madisonboats.com.
Weather can affect which boats are available. We'll let you know what options are available to you when you arrive, but you should have your choice between a canoe, single kayak, tandem kayak, paddle boat, or stand up paddle board. All boats must be back by 8 p.m.
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- Availability: Memorial Day through Labor Day. 7 days a week - 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Limited hours in May & September.
- Cost: ~$25
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