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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. Learn about the Brittingham Boats Essential Madison Experience!

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!

Capitol Boat Club
Address: 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr., Pier 5, Madison
Phone: 608.423.5202
Madison's first and only private boat club, now offering pontoon and speed boat rentals - no membership required!

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
Pontoon boat rentals and premium paddle craft rentals including stand up paddle boards, single and tandem kayaks, and canoes. Learn about the Marshall Boats Essential Madison Experience!

Olbrich Park Boat Rentals
Address: 3527 Atwood Ave., Madison
Phone: 608.223.9300
Paddle craft rentals including canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards. Owned and operated by Rutabaga Paddlesports.

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.

Rutabaga Outdoor Adventures
Address: 220 W. Broadway, Monona
Phone: 608.310.3852
Offers instruction for canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and camping skills. Guided paddling trips, youth summer day camps, wilderness medicine and American Canoe Association instructor certification courses.

SkipperBud's
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
Premium paddle craft rentals including stand up paddle boards, single and tandem kayaks, canoes, and even a giant duck. Learn about the Wingra Boats Essential Madison Experience!

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