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Cruises, Boat Rentals & Launches

Got a boat? Bring it to Madison! A complete list of boat landings, along with detailed information about Lake Access Permits from the City of Madison Parks Department, will help you get started. Find more info on Lake Access Permits through the Dane County Parks Division.

Rather sit back and relax? Betty Lou Cruises take you around Mendota or Monona, with drinks and dinner, too. Or hop aboard a pontoon with the Madison School & Community Recreation Boat Program.

15,000 acres. That's a lot of lake. Eager to explore? Here are some businesses ready to get you out on the water. 

Brittingham Boats
Address: 701 W. Brittingham Pl., Madison
Phone: 608.250.2555
Premium paddle craft rentals including stand up paddle boards, single and tandem kayaks, and canoes.

Betty Lou Cruises
Address: 5360 Westport Rd., Madison 
Phone: 608.246.3138 
Fax: 608.246.3135 
Group charters and public cruises on Lake Mendota and Lake Monona! Captain, crew, bar and buffet food service. Learn about the Betty Lou Essential Madison Experience!

Jet Ski Madison
Address: 1201 Woodward Dr., Madison
Phone: 608.259.6007
Madison's first and only jet ski rental company, providing both jet ski and pontoon boat rentals.

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) Pontoon Boat Program
MSCR Address: 3802 Regent St., Madison
Phone: 608.204.3000
MSCR offers drop-in boat rides, boat rentals and specialty trips and events. The Pontoon Program begins in May and continues on until late September.

Marshall Boats
Address: 2101 Allen Blvd., Middleton
Phone: 608.228.8333
We’re your opportunity to seize the summer and get out on Lake Mendota. With a lakeside café, canoes, kayaks, SUP's and pontoon boats, there’s no better way to enjoy our lakes.

Outdoor UW — Home of Wisconsin Hoofers
Address: 800 Langdon St., Madison
Phone: 608.262.1630
On the lakefront of Memorial Union, Outdoor UW has paddle craft rentals and guided sailing opportunities.

Address: 5381 Westport Rd., Madison
Phone: 608.246.BOAT
Located on beautiful, scenic Lake Mendota, SkipperBud's is the largest marina facility on the chain offering boat rentals, floating docks, fuel, private restrooms and showers, grills, convenience store and security. Watersports accessories, boat sales and storage complete this full-service experience.

Wingra Boats 
Address: 824 Knickerbocker St., Madison 
Phone: 608. 233.5332
Wingra Boats rents canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, sailboats and offer memberships, lessons, camps and dockage.