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Welcome To

Brittingham Boats

Opening April 6th, 2024

Spring Hours

Starting April 6thThursday - Sunday 11am-7pm

Summer Hours

Starting May 27thMonday - Thursday 8:30am-8:00pmFridays 8:30am-9:00pmSaturdays & Sundays 6am-8pm

Fall Hours

Starting September 3rdTBD Hours

Downtown’s premier paddle destination for seasonal paddle craft and fishing boat rentals. Enjoy a unique view of the Capitol and Monona Terrace as you paddle the waters of Lake Monona. Special events including group paddles and Burgers on the Bay make it a Madison must!

Our Boats at Brittingham


Explore Madison’s waterways with ease, for an exciting adventure anyone can enjoy.

Rent a Kayak
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Stand Up Paddle Boards

Enjoy the calm waters of Monona Bay and master balance with every stroke.

Rent a Paddle Board
A group of kids all paddling together on one paddle board.

Fishing Boats

Reel in the perfect catch with our top-notch fishing boat rentals, your ticket to a day of excitement on the water.

Rent a Fishing Boat
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Dive into an unforgettable experience at Madison’s picturesque lakes in our classic canoes.

Rent a Canoe
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Paddle Boats

Peddle your way around Monona Bay and take a swim to cool off. Perfect for jumping into the water!

Rent a Paddle Boat
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Brittingham Paddle Map

Monona Terrace



DURATION: 1 hour

Did you know Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace to be seen from the water? Paddle a short 20 minutes from Brittingham Boats to see it as Frank Lloyd Wright envisioned it.



The view of the Capital Building is stunning. Go to the center of the Terrace then paddle out 5 minutes. Now turn around. WOW!

Northern Yahara River



DURATION: 3-4 hours

The Yahara River cuts through Madison’s isthmus, connecting Lake Monona and Lake Mendota. Paddle past Monona Terrace to the Yahara River for an urban treat.



If you decide to stretch your legs and meander around Willy Street, bring a bike lock and cable to lock your boat while you’re away.

Southern Yahara River



DURATION: 4-5 hours

The Yahara River heads south, connecting Lake Monona with Upper Mud Lake, the Waubesa, and the rest of the Yahara chain of lakes. This paddle features many different stops from great parks to restaurants!



Enjoy the Madison skyline as you paddle back to Brittingham. Spin around and grab a selfie with the skyline in the background. Don’t forget to tag us!

Olbrich Park & Starkweather Creek



DURATION: 4-5 hours

If you’re up for an adventure, paddle your way across Lake Monona to Starkweather Creek. Your reward is enjoying Olbrich Botanical Gardens from the water, paddling under vine-covered bridges and a breathtaking view of the gold-trimmed Thai Pavillion.



Take the long way home and continue your way along the East Shore and stop for a “dip” at Monona Bait & Ice Cream, a famous stop for Babcock Hall ice cream.

Where to Paddle

Explore Downtown Madison lake-side at Brittingham Boats. Discover all that Lake Monona has to offer with options for all skill levels

Explore the ineractive map to check out our favorite paddle spots!

Brittingham Power Boats

Brittingham fishing boat

Fishing Boats

Madison Boats offers 2022 Bass Tracker Classic XL at Brittingham Boats and Marshall Boats. These are the perfect fishing watercraft, equipped with fish finders, livewells, trolling motors and rod storage. Easy to operate and well-equipped, our fishing boats offer beginners and pros alike a chance to enjoy a day on the water.

Important Information On Booking Our Power Boats

Gas and Operational Instructions:


Gas and basic operational instruction are included in the rental price. Gratuity is not included. We encourage you to show your appreciation to our hardworking staff!


Please arrive 30 minutes before your reservation to complete paperwork and receive safety training from our team.


While our staff will provide instruction on boat operation and lake guidelines, you are fully responsible for the boat and all individuals on board during your rental. Familiarize yourself with Wisconsin Boating Laws & Responsibilities before heading out on the water. Consider taking the Wisconsin Boat Rental Course for further education.


Rental Eligibility:

  • If born before 1/1/1989, no boater safety certificate is required. Basic instruction is provided, but please refer to resources as mentioned.

  • If born after 1/1/1989 and over 25, a boater's certificate is necessary to operate the boat (proof required). Access the Wisconsin Boat Rental Course for licensing.


Pets And Towables:

  • Dogs are permitted with a $30 cleaning and maintenance fee (damage liability applies). Consider bringing a doggie life jacket for your furry friend!
  • Towables and passage through Tenney Locks are not permitted.


Food & Beverage

  • You may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages, but be mindful of items that stain or are difficult to clean, as you are responsible for damage.

  • The Edgewater offers food and beverage for Captained Pontoon Boat rentals. Learn more about our services at The Edgewater!


Alcohol Policy:

Alcohol is strictly prohibited on self-driven boats. Staff may ask to check for alcohol in bags, coolers, etc. The boat driver agrees not to consume alcohol or substances during the rental period. Alcohol is only allowed on Captained Pontoon Boat Rentals. ​


Security Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

We will charge a $200 security deposit before you go out.



  • More than 1 week from rental: Re-book at no cost or receive a 100% refund.
  • One week to 48 hours before booking: Re-book at no cost or receive an 80% refund.
  • Less than 48 hours: No refunds and a $50 rebooking fee.
  • Please contact us at if you have extenuating circumstances and we will do our best to accommodate rescheduling.


Zero Tolerance Policy

Madison Boats has a zero-tolerance policy for disrespect, aggression, sexual harassment, or rude behavior. Our staff work hard to provide you with the highest quality of service. Any violations result in immediate termination of the rental without refund or future booking.


Spring and Fall Season Rentals:

For spring or fall rentals outside regular hours, email to inquire about availability. Rentals outside regular hours are charged weekend rates with a 25% gratuity automatically added.

Our Events

Put this on your calendar! You don't want to miss out on these upcoming events…

  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    Experience paddling at dusk while you excitedly await the moonrise!

    Madison Boats’ Full Moon Paddle offers a magical ex…

    At Wingra
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Boats and Bloom Bake Shop

    Boats and Bloom Bake Shop

    Early morning paddle with Bloom pastries and coffee? Yes please!

    We are delighted to partner with Bloom Bake Shop for ear…

    At Wingra
    6:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Burgers on the Bay

    Burgers on the Bay

    Nothing is better than good food and entertainment on the water; our seasoned grill masters at Brittingham Boats are ready to get cookin’ on our floating Burger Barge…

    At Brittingham
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Our Services

Navigate your way through every adventure with our exceptional services — we’re here to help you enjoy every moment and create memories that will last a lifetime. Trust Madison Boats to be your guide to unforgettable experiences, ensuring smooth sailing every step of the way!

  • Memberships

    Unlock exclusive perks with a Madison Boats membership.

  • Groups & Private Parties

    Create lasting memories with group outings or private events.

  • Boat Storage

    Safeguard your watercraft with our reliable boat storage solutions.

Fishing BoatsPer Hour4 Hour RateFull Day (7+ Hours)
Weekdays (Mon. - Thurs.)$60$200$400
Weekends (Fri. - Sun.)$75$250$500

Max capacity is 3 people or 550 lbs.

Gas and operational instruction is included.

Gratuity is not included.

If born before 1/1/1989 no boater certificate is required. If you were born after, you must be 18 with a boater’s certificate to drive the boat. To obtain a license, here is a link to the Wisconsin Boat Rental course.

Paddle Craft TypeFirst HourAdditional Hours
SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board)$16$12
4-6 Person Stand Up Paddle Board$40$20
2-3 Person Stand Up Paddle Board$30$20
Tandem Kayak$20$12
On-Top Kayak$16$12
On-Top Tandem Kayak$20$12
Solo Canoe$16$12
Paddle Boat$20$12
Fishing BoatsPer Hour4 Hour RateFull Day (7+ Hours)
Weekdays (Mon. - Thurs.)$60$200$400
Weekends (Fri. - Sun.)$75$250$500