Lake Mendota has been a hotspot for outdoor recreation since the 1800s. With calm cool waters and a breathtaking view of the state Capitol, it’s a perfect place to spend a summer or early fall afternoon. Marshall Boats, Board & Boat Rentals in Middleton has everything you need to get on the water. Here’s a quick overview on what they offer.


Spring hours: (May 11-May 27, 2024): Thursday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer hours: (May 27-Sept. 5, 2024): Daily, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fall hours: (Sept. 5, 2024): Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pontoon boat rentals

Spend an hour or the whole day on one of Marshall’s 12-person pontoon boats. They’ll provide gas and basic instruction to get you on the lake. Captains are also available!

Fishing boat rentals

The 2022 Bass Tracker is equipped with a fish finder, trolling motor, anchor and three basic fishing poles. Capacity is up to three people (500 lbs.). Rent for half or a full day.

Stand-up paddleboard rentals

Marshall has a board waiting for you. The calm waters of Mendota are ideal for this relaxing pastime. There are four sizes of stand-up paddle boards to choose from: single, child-sized, two-three people, and the Mega (family).

Canoe and kayak rentals

Marshall has plenty of paddling rental options, including canoes, solo canoes, kayaks and double kayaks. They have also added “on top” kayaks and tandem kayaks. Get fitted for a life jacket and you’ll be on your way!

Lakeside patio

Marshall Boats has a beautiful view of Marshall Park on Lake Mendota. Enjoy the day on its rooftop patio that’s the perfect place for lakeside relaxation. It’s open for reservations for groups and can accommodate more than 50 people.

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