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Marshall Boats

Opening May 11th

Spring Hours

Starting May 11thThursday - Sunday 8:30am-8:00pm

Summer Hours

Starting May 27thDaily 8:30am-8:00pm

Fall Hours

Starting September 5thSaturday & Sunday 11:00am-7:00pm

Madison West Side’s launch to Lake Life. With pontoon rentals, the ability to add a captain, kayaks, paddle boards, private events, and MORE, Marshall Boats is a Madison Summer must. Check out the hidden gem that is Marshall Boats to create life-long memories!

Our Boats at Marshall

Pontoon Boats

The perfect option for big groups! Cruise the lake on our pontoon boats, with the option to explore with a captain or on your own.

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Marshall Pontoon Boat

Fishing Boats

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

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A father and daughter fishing together on a Madison Boat

Stand Up Paddle Boards

Enjoy the calm waters of Lake Mendota and master balance with every stroke.

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Marshall SUP

Kayaks

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

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Marshall Kayak boats

Canoes

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

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A team on a canoe rowing
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Spring Harbor Beach

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy

DURATION: 1 hour

 

The paddle to the beach is beautiful. You’ll navigate through the sailboat mooring field and past beautiful lakeside homes, enjoying nature along the way.

 

TIP!

Bring your own swimsuit and sand toys, and don’t forget the sun screen.

Governor Nelson State Park

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Advanced

DURATION: Half a day

 

The farthest destination on our list is Governor Nelson State Park, a perfect picnic destination for a half-day paddle. This state park provides many amenities including boat slips to pull into its well-maintained beach, bathrooms, playground equipment, and plenty of picnic tables.

 

TIP!

This is a challenging trip, especially when the wind is blowing from the northwest, but well worth the effort!

Pheasant Branch Conservancy

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Intermediate

DURATION: 2 hours

 

You’ll want to linger and enjoy every moment from upland oak savanna to lowland wet prairies. Pheasant Branch is a must-do paddle every spring, summer, and fall as the seasons change.

 

TIP!

Bring your binocular! This is an excellent spot for bird watching.

Where to Paddle

Discover Lake Mendota, the perfect place for beginners and paddling enthusiasts. With its scenic surroundings and calm waters, it's the perfect spot for a peaceful paddle alone or with others.

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

Marshall 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.

A pontoon boat rental at Madison Boats

Pontoon Boats

Madison Boats provides pontoon boat rentals at Marshall Boats and The Edgewater. Our fleet of Bentley and Harris pontoon boats are three years old at most, ensuring high quality. We offer two boat sizes:

22′ Pontoon Boats: Ideal for smaller groups of up to 8 people.

24′ Pontoon Boats: Can accommodate up to 12 people.

For Captained Pontoons, we exclusively offer the 24′ Bentley model.

Whether you’re cruising with friends, family, or colleagues, our fleet ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience on Lake Mendota.

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.

 

Cancellation:

  • 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 Marshall@madisonboats.com 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 marshall@madisonboats.com to inquire about availability. Rentals outside regular hours are charged weekend rates with a 25% gratuity automatically added.

Our Events

Trust us, you don’t want to miss this…
  • Full Moon Paddle
    May23

    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
    Jun09

    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
    Jun11

    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.

Pontoon*Per HourFull Day (7+ Hours)
Weekdays (Mon. - Thurs.)$90$600
Weekends (Fri. - Sun.)$110$750
*Pontoon rentals have a two hour minimum.
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
Kayak$16$12
Tandem Kayak$20$12
On-Top Kayak$16$12
On-Top Tandem Kayak$20$12
Canoe$16$12
Fishing BoatsPer Hour4 Hour RateFull Day (7+ Hours)
Weekdays (Mon. - Thurs.)$60$200$400
Weekends (Fri. - Sun.)$75$250$500
Pontoon*Per HourFull Day (7+ Hours)
Weekdays (Mon. - Thurs.)$90$600
Weekends (Fri. - Sun.)$110$750