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People on lake Wingra near Madison Wisconsin. With Paddle Borders in the background.
We are now open 7 days a week!

Spring Hours

Starting May 11thSat & Sun 8:30am-8pm

Summer Hours

Starting May 27th8:30am-8:00pm dailyTuesdays open at 6am

Fall Hours

Starting September 3rdSat - Sun 10am-5pm

Lake Wingra is magically encapsulated by the UW Arboretum. This no-wake lake is the perfect place for first time paddlers and avid boaters alike. Wingra Boats offers public boat rentals, making getting out on the water with friends, family, or by yourself, easy and fun!

Our Boats

Watermats

Let your worries float away while you sit back, relax, and soak up the sun on a watermat.

Rent a Watermat
Kids splashing around on a Wingra Lake water mat

Row Boats

A relaxing yet exciting journey in our row boats, surrounded by stunning scenery and good company.

Rent a Row Boat
A family fishing on a row boat in the middle of the lake

Stand Up Paddle Boards

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

Rent a paddle board
Wingra Sups

Kayaks

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

Rent a Kayak
A Wingra employee helping push a lady's kayak into the lake

Paddle Boats

Peddle your way through the waters then take a swim to cool off. Rent one of our swan or duck boats for an extra special outing.

Rent a Paddle Boat
Wingra Boats

Canoes

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

Rent a Canoe
A family out on a Canoe at Lake Wingra
Rent a Boat at WingraView Boat Prices
Lake Wingra Paddle map

The Big Spring

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy

DURATION: 1 hour

You leave the lake, pushing you way past lily pads bigger than your boat. You disappear between cattails and emerging under towering tree into a haven for fish, turtle and birds. The Big Spring is a natural wonder with a powerful spiritual energy.

 

TIP!

Drift in the calm water of the spring and soak up the tranquility.

Henry Vilas Beach & Zoo

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy

DURATION: 1-2 hours

One of Madison’s largest and most popular beaches, Henry Vilas Beach, is just a 20-minute paddle from Wingra Boats. Paddle, build a sand castle, get a snack, and enjoy Wisconsin summer sun!

 

TIP!

Plan ahead, bring or borrow a lock from Wingra Boats.

Wingra Creek

 

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Intermediate

DURATION: 3 hours

Locals and visitors alike will enjoy this paddle offering wildlife, great fishing, and urban bridge art. Be sure to bring refreshments, and a camera to capture the best skyline view of Madison (just out of Wingra Creek on Lake Monona) and dramatic views under the bridges.

 

TIP!

Wingra creek is best paddled early in the season. Weed growth makes this paddle more of an adventure as the summer progresses.

Where to Paddle

Experience the serene beauty of Lake Wingra – that cottage-country feel in downtown Madison. Surrounded by nature, Wingra Boats serves as your gateway to adventure, whether you're looking to glide around the lake or venture to Lake Monona.

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

Our Events

Mark your calendar for upcoming events and create lasting memories with friends and family – adventure is calling!

  • Full Moon Paddle
    Jul20

    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
    Jul23

    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
    Jul26

    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

Set sail for adventure with our exceptional services. Explore, discover, and make a splash with Madison Boats today. From exciting days on the water to serene sunset cruises, we're here to help make that happen.

  • 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.

Paddle Craft TypeFirst HourAdditional Hours
Canoe$16$12
Solo Canoe$16$12
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
Duck & Swan Paddle Boat$25$20
Paddle Boat$20$12
Watermat$40$20
Row Boat$20$12