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5 Locales for Boating in Wisconsin

Summer is the season to maximize time in the outdoors all around the state. And one of the best ways to soak up the sun is on the water. Whether you prefer to cruise, float or sail away the afternoon with friends, these are five idyllic locales for boating in Wisconsin.


On the shores of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers some excellent boating and water experiences for visitors and locals alike. With a pontoon or powerboat, explore Lake Michigan and enjoy the views of the skyline, and voyage under the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge. Take a cruise on the Milwaukee River, book a kayak tour or a jet ski to explore more of Milwaukee on the water. 

Lake Winnebago

Lake Winnebago is the largest lake that is fully within the state, making it a great option for boating for Wisconsin. It also offers excellent fishing and other water recreation during the summer months. The lake borders Oshkosh, Fond Du Lac and Appleton, and offers calm waters that are perfect for exploring on a pontoon. Book a fishing tour or stop at a sandbar to enjoy Lake Winnebago during the summer. 

Visit Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva. Photo credit: Visit Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

About midway between Kenosha and Janesville sits the beautiful Lake Geneva. This lake is beloved in the summer months for families on vacation. Observe the beautiful Gilded Age mansions that line the shore of the lake and cruise to the various beaches, including Big Foot Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Geneva

Madison – Lake Monona  

Sitting on the shores of the state capitol, Lake Monona (featured photo) is a top destination for boating in Wisconsin during the summer. See the beautiful views of important city buildings, go fishing or try a water sport like wakeboarding on Lake Monona. 


Want to cruise the St. Croix? Launch your boat at Hudson and enjoy stunning views of the river and Minnesota just across the border. It’s a fun place to go boating in Wisconsin. Check out the various sandy beaches along the shore, soak in the views of Lakefront Park and relax in Hudson.  

Not owning a water vessel doesn’t need to be a limitation either. The app GetMyBoat is the considered the “Airbnb of Boats” and is currently the largest global marketplace for boat rentals and all types of bookable water experiences. Across Wisconsin, the company has a growing presence on many lakes and offers everything from paddleboards to luxury yachts.

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