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The Edgewater
Welcome To

The Edgewater

Opening June 1st, 2024

Summer Hours

Starting June 1stDaily 9am-8pm

Fall Hours

Starting September 3rdDaily 9am-8pm

Welcome to Edgewater, your gateway to exploring the scenic Lake Mendota in style and comfort. Our captained pontoon boat excursions offer a unique blend of relaxation and adventure, perfect for family outings, special occasions, or a serene escape on the water. With a focus on convenience and safety, we provide full-service rentals, including food and beverage options, ensuring a carefree and enjoyable experience for all our guests. Set sail with us and create unforgettable memories on the beautiful Lake Mendota!


Two Hour Captained Excursion

9 – 11 am, 12 – 2 pm, 3 – 5 pm, 6 – 8 pm

Weekday (Mon. – Thurs.) $260

Weekend (Fri. – Sun.) $300

5 Hour Captained Excursion 

9 – 2 pm, 3 – 8 pm

Weekday (Mon. – Thurs.) $520

Weekend (Fri. – Sun.) $600

Fuel & Captain included in price.

Taxes, processing fees and gratuity not included in price.

Contact Madison Boats for information on longer excursions.

Before you book:

  • Our Madison Boats Captain will meet you for pick up and drop off up to 10 passengers at The Edgewater Pier or Marshall Boats. 

  • Enjoy full-service rentals. All boats are captained to make your experience as carefree as possible.

  • Order food and beverage for your outing here!

  • Minimum age to rent is 25 years.

  • You do not need to be staying at The Edgewater to rent a boat.

What to Expect

  • Captain’s Guidance: Our staff will navigate the boat, allowing you to unwind and enjoy the ride! While our captains aren’t formal tour guides, they’re familiar with our lake and may share interesting trivia. Please let the Captain know your preferences for your outing so they know how best to serve you.

  • Meeting Point: Please meet your captain at The Edgewater Pier, unless alternative arrangements have been made for pick-up at Marshall Boats.

  • Facilities: Restroom facilities are not available on board, so we recommend using the restroom before boarding.

  • Boat Features: Our pontoons can comfortably accommodate up to 10 passengers and offer various seating arrangements, including open-top front seating, shaded back seating with a small table, and one passenger seat. Personal flotation devices (PFDs) will be provided for all passengers, including children.

  • Weather Preparation: Please dress according to the weather conditions, considering factors such as wind, rain, and temperature. While a sunshade is available, it’s advisable to bring a hat and sunscreen!

  • Accessibility: If you have any accessibility needs, please inform us in advance so we can ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all passengers.

  • Safety Guidelines: Lake Mendota’s waters can be unpredictable, especially in terms of wind and rough conditions. It’s important to adhere to the captain’s safety instructions at all times.

  • Zero Tolerance Policy: We uphold a strict zero-tolerance policy for disrespectful, aggressive, or rude behavior towards our staff. Any such behavior will result in immediate termination of the excursion, without the possibility of a refund or future booking.

  • Pick-Up and Drop-Off: Please note that pick-ups and drop-offs at private piers are not permitted. Our captains are authorized to utilize designated public piers only, such as City or County Park public piers, Goodman Pier at the Union, or The Edgewater Pier.

These guidelines are designed to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all passengers, while prioritizing safety and respect for our staff. We’re excited to provide you with a memorable boating outing!

The Boat House at The Edgewater Madison Wisconsin

What to Bring

  • There are great shallow spots for swimming in the summer. Bring your suit and jump in! You’ll thank yourself for remembering your towel.

  • Don’t forget the sunscreen on those days in the summer sun. Insect repellent can be good for spending time in shallow spots.

  • Rainy days call for rain ponchos and lots of layers.

  • Water games are tons of fun.

  • When the days get colder, consider a blanket, hat and gloves!

The Edgewater Arial View
The Boat House at The Edgewater Madison Wisconsin
The Edgewater Boat Captain
The Edgewater night arial view
The Edgewater a group going on a captained boat ride
Edgewater High Over the Docks

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I reserve a boat for the same day?

    Same day bookings are not available at this time. Bookings must be reserved before 7pm the day before the desired rental slot. Same day bookings without a captain may be available at Marshall Boats via phone call.

  • Are pets allowed?

    Pets are allowed on the boats with an additional cleaning fee. We recommend life jackets for your furry friend but we do not provide pet life jackets.

  • Is fishing allowed?

    Yes! Email us ahead of time and we can set you up with the proper equipment.

  • What is Madison Boats?

    Madison Boats owns and operates Wingra Boats, Brittingham Boats, Marshall Boats, and the boats at The Edgewater.

  • Are life jackets required and/or provided?

    Life jackets are required for those under 13 and recommended for everyone else. Your captain reserves the right to require all to wear life jackets depending on weather conditions. Life jackets are provided and available on the boat.

  • How many people are allowed on the boat?

    Up to 10 people are allowed on the boat, plus your Madison Boats captain. There is ample seating on luxury cushioned benches both in the front and back of the boat.

  • What do I need to rent a boat?

    Renters need to be at least 25 years old with a matching credit/debit card and ID. A waiver will need to be signed upon arrival. Payment is made at the time of booking.

  • What if the weather is bad?

    Madison Boats reserves the right to cancel reservations due to inclement weather, equipment issues, or any other unforeseen issue. In this situation, you will have the option to re-book or a 100% refund.

    The boat will still go out if it is raining, but in the event that there is thunder or lightning, the boat will return to shore/remain at shore until 30 minutes have passed since the last lightning strike/thunder clap. When winds are over 20 mph, the boat will remain docked.

  • What is your cancellation policy?

    Madison Boats reserves the right to cancel reservations due to inclement weather, equipment issues, or any other unforeseen issues. In this situation, you will have the option to re-book or a 100% refund. Should you need to cancel your reservation or change the date of your adventure, here is our policy on refunds and re-booking:

    • More than 1 week from rental re-book at no cost -OR- receive a 100% refund.
    • Within one week to 48 hours before booking re-book at no cost -OR- receive a 80% refund.
    • Less than 48 hours no refunds and a $50 rebooking fee To cancel please email or (voicemail cancellations will not be accepted).
  • Is there a bathroom on the boat?

    There is no bathroom on the boat so we recommend taking care of bathroom needs prior to departure.

Our Events

Trust us, you don’t want to miss this…
  • Full Moon Paddle

    Full Moon Paddle

    You don’t want to miss this incredible boating experience!! Bring your friends and family to paddle under the moon while enjoying live music. Spend the night relaxing in your watercraft as the live music fills Lake Wingra.

    At Wingra
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Ice Cream Boat Float

    Ice Cream Boat Float

    We don’t think your ice cream consumption should be limited to land. We invite our fellow ice cream lovers to paddle out to the middle of the lake to enjoy a custom-built ice cream sundae on the water. Our love of dairy in Wisconsin truly has no bounds.

    At Wingra
    4:00 pm - 6:00 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 early morning paddles on Tuesdays accompanied by coffee and pastries!

    The adorable Bloom Bake Shop truck will be parked out in front of Wingra Boats awaiting your sweet treat order before you head out on the lake for a serene paddle.

    Scheduled every Tuesday beginning June 11th and ending August 13th.

    Check out our Facebook Event page for updates.

    At Wingra
    6:00 am - 10:00 am

Our Services

We’re here to make every adventure easy, providing everything you need for a memorable time on the water.

  • 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.

Captained PontoonPer Hour
Weekdays (Mon. - Thurs.)$130
Weekends (Fri. - Sun.)$150