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Boat Rental Madison WI

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Are you looking for boat rental in Madison WI? Does sunshine, open water, fun with family or friends so like fun? Well, when it comes to Boat Rentals we are the specialists. Services from Jet ski’s to Pontoon boats and with over 9 years experience delivering hassle rental to a pier near you, we know what it takes to makes a boat rental the best.

From the time you book, to the last few seconds of your rental we promise to make your experience a fun and exciting one.  Our team is trained to provide professional/safe and fast service while keeping it fun! We will cover the best places to visit on the lake, places to eat, beaches and things to avoid.

Location/Service Area

Based in Madison, WI, you will see our boats cruise all over Lake Mendota every single day. They are the most popular choice for locals, but we don’t stop there. We’ve been serving up one great experience one after another from Lake Mendota as far east as Lake Michigan. That’s right Waukesha, Pewaukee, Milwaukee all of these cities have enjoy boat rentals.+

What to expect

Our boat rentals give you the freedom, comfort and piece of mind of knowing your bachelorette party or family reunion on the Lake will be a pleasant one. Our boats come fully equipment with life jackets, dock lines, fuel and anything else you might need to make a boat day a great experience.

 Bachelorette Parties 

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How to Rent a Boat in Madison

Renting a Madison boat is easy! It doesn’t matter if you are renting a Jet or Pontoon Boat the process is the same.

Step 1. Head to out Boat Rental Page

Step 2. Pick boat, date, time & Length

Step 3. Pay, book and review the confirmation email

Step 4.  Arrive and enjoy!

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Lake Mendota Powerboat Boat Rentals

We only offer Power boat rental at Jet ski Madison, but there are lots of ways to rent a boat in Madison. For example you can choose between a Power boat such as a Pontoon or a non motorized boat like kayak or canoe. Here are a couple different options if you have your heart set on renting a boat in Madison WI.


Lake Mendota Non-Powered Boat Rentals

Wingra Boats

Wingra boats is located on Lake Wingra in the center of Madison. Directly adjacent from the lake is Henry Vilas Zoo. At wingra goats the specialize in kayak rental, canoe rentals, and tandem kayaks. If your looking for something more challenging they also have paddle boards available for rent.

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Marshall Boats

 Marshall boats is a great place to enjoy the outdoor summer activities like non powered boat rentals on Lake Mendota. They are a sister company of Wingra boats and Brittingham boat rentals so you will likely get the same prices and service. They do not offer power boat rentals or Jet skis as we do, but many Madison locals have rented with them are and are happy with the service they provide. So contact them for the best kayak & canoe rentals.

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Boat Rental alternative

If your looking for boat rentals power or non powered and you decide you no longer want to go boating in Madison, you would prefer to venture out and explore a different lake but not travel to far Lake Wisconsin Watersports is a wonderful option. Lake Wisconsin Water Watersports offers Luxury pontoon boat rentals, kayak rentals, paddles board rentals and Jet skiing if you really want to crank up the excitement!

Lake WI Watersports is located about 30 Minutes North East of Madison. You can get to it by crossing the Merrimac Ferry. From the west side of Madison you can reach it by taking WI hwy 12 west towards Baraboo until you reach HWY 76 in Sauk City/Prairie Du Sac make a right and about 15 minutes down the road you will find it on your right hand side.

Fishing Boat Rentals 

Wisconsin’s lakes are home to an incredible variety of fish, making them a popular destination for anglers. The state is particularly well-known for its walleye, musky, and bass and northern populations, which draw fishermen from all over the world.

If your looking for fishing boat rentals that are geared towards fishing you wont find them in Madison unfortunately. In fact it’s hard to find anywhere outside of a campground that is located directly on the Lake. At Jet Ski Madison we do allow fishing on our pontoon boats when you rent them. The open layout, low fence, and lack of things to get in your way when casting and reeling fishing on Lake Mendota on a pontoon boat is a viable option.

Pontoon Boat Rentals

Pontoon rentals in Madison, WI have taken the lead in popularity, over ski boats and deck boats. A large portion of people are opting to just rent a boat instead of owning it. The common choice amount people renting boats are pontoon boats. These days they just as fast if not faster than some ski boats. They allow you to have the comfortability of a living room which not sacrificing the stability and maneuverability of the boat. Their unique design and increasing amount of luxury features are contributing to their demand.

If you’re planning a trip to Madison and you’re looking for a fun and unique way to explore the city’s beautiful lakes, then renting a Madison Pontoon Rental might be just what you need. You can always book a pontoon rental or keep reading for more information. Pontoon rentals fun for the whole family with a Bluetooth stereo for dad, sun shade  mom, and a rear swim ladder for the kids to come aboard after their swim in Lake Mendota. As the best madison boat rental company we can provide you with a fun-filled day on the water, whether you’re looking to fish, swim, or simply relax with friends and family.

Things to consider about boat rentals

When it comes to a Lake Mendota boat rental in Madison, WI, there are several factors to consider. First and foremost, you’ll need to decide what type of pontoon boat rental you’re looking for. There are several options available, including half-day, full-day, and multi-day rentals. Depending on your budget and how long you plan to spend on the water, you’ll want to select a rental option that meets your needs. Visit our boat rental fleet page to get familiar choose the best pontoon boat for you.

Benefits of Renting boat

The Benefits of renting a boat instead of owning it are drastic. This is all comes down to how often you plan on boating and what type of boating you want to do. When you choose a Madison boat rental instead of buying a boat you get the convienence and luxury or using the boat WHEN you want to without the extras. In Madison boat rentals we provide allow you to book, pay and arrive. When you arrive you board the boat, cast off onto the Lake and spend your time enjoy the boat you rented. When your done you bring it back to our staff, deboard the boat and enjoy your evening. We take care of the docking, transport, and everything else. So to give a overview our Madison boat rentals saves you the headache of…

Boat Transporting

Making sure you have a vehicle capable of towing the boat. Transporting it to and from the lake of your choice.

Boat Storage

storage is often a concern of many boat owners. If your not lukcy enough to have a indoor space you will find yourself paying extra to keep it somewhere out of your way where it doesn’t get damaged or dirty.

Boat Maintenance

Boat maintenance needs to be performed twice a year at a minimum. This can is winterization and Smmarization. Boat Repairs can come up  during the season and unless your a mechanic with extra time it can be a complete headache.

Boat insurance

Boat insurance and boat loans account for the largest portion of the costs to owning a boat. So when your deciding if you should purchase a boat make sure to take insurance into account.

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Pontoon boats the upside

As a boat rental company we want to provide a way to enjoy the lakes that allows the most people to get out and do some boating no matter the experience level. Our pontoon boats are very simple to drive & operate safely. With little or no experience and some basic training from our Jet ski Madison Rental staff you will become comfortable with the boat and it’s functions quickly. These are some of the reasons you should choose to rent a Pontoon boat instead of a ski boat.


  1. Stability: Pontoon boats are known for their stability on the water, thanks to their wide and flat design. This makes them ideal for fishing, swimming, and other water activities.
  2. Space: Pontoon boats have more interior space compared to other types of boats, making them perfect for socializing, entertaining, and even overnight camping trips.
  3. Comfort: With their comfortable seating and smooth ride, pontoon boats offer a more relaxed and enjoyable boating experience compared to other types of boats.
  4. Customizability: Pontoon boats can be customized with a range of accessories and features, such as stereos, grills, and even water slides, to fit the owner’s specific needs and preferences.
  5. Fuel efficiency: Due to their lightweight design, pontoon boats are generally more fuel-efficient than other types of boats, making them a cost-effective option for recreational boating.
  6. Shallow water navigation: Pontoon boats can navigate shallow waters more easily compared to other types of boats, thanks to their flat bottom design.

How to pontoon rentals compare to Ski boat rentals?

When it comes a direct comparison of ski boats and pontoon boats and which one you should choose for your next boat rent in Madison, the differences are significant and should be considered.

  1. Pontoon boats typically have a high person capacity. They are able to carry more passengers, which makes them great for groups of friends, families, company outings and bachelorette parties looking to enjoy Madison’s Lakes.
  2. Pontoons are typically taller than ski boats meaning you may not be able to fit under some bridges keeping you from those cherished sands bars. This isn’t a issues on Lake Mendota or Monona but something to consider when boating on other lakes in wisconsin.
  3. Pontoon boats are able to travel is shallow water where ski boats, giving it more versatility on places it can travel.
  4. Pontoon boats are fuel efficient. They have smaller motors typically. Save lots of money by renting a pontoon vs ski boat.
  5. Pontoon boats are safer. The design, and layout enable the driver to be able to see more of their surroundings.
  6. Pontoons are more spacious and comfortable. They provide ample room for boaters to stretch out, sun bathe and relax.
  7. The complexity of pontoon boat vs ski boats in regards to training boat rental customers is significantly less. Pontoon boats are much likes cars. Turn the key, shift into gear and steer.

In conclusion choosing the best rental boat for your next outing on the lake comes down to what best suits your needs. Pontoon boats are fantastic boat to rent in Madison, so when your ready head over to our Pontoon Rental page and book your reservation!

Pontoon Rental Lengths

At Jet ski Madison, lake Mendota boat rentals come in several options, including half-day, full-day, and multi-day rentals. Depending on your budget and how long you plan to spend on the water, you’ll want to select a rental option that meets your needs. If you have any questions about what rental time lengths would be best for you feel free to give out team a call at 608-259-6007. With a high powered mercury outboard engine you can enjoy tubing with the kids.

  • Half Day(4 hours)
  • Full Day (8 Hours)

*We also offer multi-day rental at a discounted rate email us at for more information*

Popular pontoon boating locations on Lake Mendota

Popular boating spots in the Madison area are

  • Gilligan’s Island
  • 3 foot bay
  • Lake Monona bay
  • Memorial Union
  • Monona Terrance
  • Yahaha River
Quick Details
  • All safety equipment
  • Docks lines
  • Buoys x2

Why Choose us?

As a small family owned company, we go boating just like you. We want to make sure you are able to enjoy Madison lakes just as we would. You will be treated like family and not just another rental customer. Rent that boat and enjoy them however you like as long as your safe, and follow boating laws while boating on Madison Lakes. Oh yea, did we mention pets, food and alcohol are all welcome on our pontoon boats!?

  • Yes – Pets welcome
  • Yes – Food & Drink
  • Yes – Alcohol Allowed
  • Yes – Lake to Lake Travel
  • Yes – Complimentary Lock Pass
  • Yes – Boat Captains  (additional fee $35/hr)
  • Minimum age to Drive is 16 (with WI boaters safety certification)
  • Minimum Rental age is 18 yrs old
  • No Membership required



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Super fun family day

Larry was so great and even allowed us to add another Jet ski at the last minute. He filled the gas tanks and delivered them right to our lake, put them in and gave us wonderful instruction. We WILL definitely use Jet Ski Madison again!!

– Kelli C., Facebook
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Definitely recommend

Owner was down to earth and friendly. Rented the supercharged jet ski for 2 hours. It seemed new and in good condition. Full tank of gas. Had a great time and will definitely return as a customer when I'm in the area. Would definitely recommend to anyone. It was the highlight of my 4th of July.

– Michael D., Facebook
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Had a blast

My best friend and I had a blast. Everything was very professional but also extremely fun. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to sightsee the best way possible.

– Alex K., Facebook
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This is an excellent venue for renting watercraft in Madison. The staff at Jet Ski Madison were friendly, courteous, and professional; they answered all of our questions regarding our rentals and accommodated our busy schedule. We will be back again!

– Patrick R., Facebook
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These guys are just awesome. We arrived on time and they had us in the water as soon as they could. Couldn't be happier and the price was more than reasonable for flying around a lake at 40+ mph.

– Tanvirkamal B., Facebook
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High quality

We had a great time with Jet Ski Madison! Larry provided one on one service and thoroughly explained everything to us before we started our adventure. He helped us get our personal items stored properly in the Jet Ski and made sure all of our questions were answered. This was a high quality experience from beginning to end!

– Monica D., Facebook