The Best Boat Rentals on Lake Lanier.

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What to know about renting a boat on Lake Lanier

Renting a boat is a must if you’re visiting Lake Lanier. Rent a pontoon, bowrider boat, or a cuddy cabin for cruising around with family and friends on board. Other watercraft available to rent on Lake Lanier includes jet ski rentals, fishing boat rentals (and full-service fishing charters) as well as kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals.

If you’re renting a powerboat of sorts but don’t have boating experience, you can hire a captain for a boat charter on Lake Lanier. Captains can take you and your family around cruising for hours on Lake Lanier, and offer lots of services including lake tours and sunset cruises. You can arrange for a captain to cater a private event or special celebration onboard - just make sure to include all the details in your inquiry.

When booking your boat rental on Lake Lanier, be sure to ask the proper questions in your inquiry so you have clear communication with your captain or the boat owner. Discuss the location of pick up and drop off of the rental, ask about the inclusion of fuel costs in the price, gratuity, and the capacity of the boat. It’s also a good idea to ask what’s included - sometimes captains include an iced cooler for your drinks, or even provide some snacks and drinks with the cost of the rental. Don’t be afraid to make requests - captains are happy to help you have the perfect boat day on Lake Lanier.

Lake Lanier is a great destination for boat parties of all sorts. Weddings on boats, bachelor and bachelorette boat cruises, family reunions and other celebrations can be enjoyed on a boat rental or charter. Lake Lanier offers a lot of beautiful views and great weather for a boat party, so don’t hesitate to plan your next event on the lake.

Things to do by boat on Lake Lanier

Due to its vast size and calm waters, Lake Lanier is perfect for water sports. If you’re visiting with watersports enthusiasts and adrenaline lovers, rent watersports equipment for waterskiing, wakeboarding, or tubing and bring onboard your boat rental. Lake Lanier is also a great destination for flyboarding - if you’ve never tried this thrilling activity, consider booking a flyboarding excursion. You’ll shoot out of the water on jet packs, an experience you’ll definitely never forget. Flyboarding is easier than it looks - most first-timers learn how to successfully fly and maneuver within 20-30 minutes.

A feature of Lake Lanier beloved by visitors are the Lake Lanier Islands. They are the site of many beach resorts and entertainment for vacationers and families looking to enjoy everything that the lake has to offer. There are over 20 official swimming spots around Lake Lanier if you’re looking to enjoy a dip, as well as dozens of waterfront restaurants to park your boat at for a meal on the lakeshore. A few of the top eateries on Lake Lanier include Fish Tales Lakeside Grille, Skogies Lakefront, and Sunset Cove.

About Lake Lanier

Due to the massive size and expanse of Lake Lanier, there are many cities and towns scattered around the perimeter that you can head to for renting a boat. If you’re visiting from afar, check out cities like Flowery Branch, Buford, Cumming, and Holiday Hills to name a few. Lake Lanier is less than an hours drive from Atlanta. During the spring, summer, and autumn months, it’s a fabulous destination for boating and water recreation due to hot, sunny weather.

For stocking up on food and drinks for your boat rental, there are several Publix grocery stores scattered around the lake in different towns. There are also various shopping opportunities at stores like Lanier Commons, Target, and other places to pick up anything you might need, from bathing suits to sunscreen.

While Lake Lanier is typically considered a safe swimming destination, after heavy rains the water can become cloudy due to runoff. It’s also crucial to be careful and pay attention to water levels - if they are too high, certain areas around the Chattahoochee River can become dangerous with strong currents. Make sure your boat rental is also equipped with Coast Guard approved lights if you’re going to be out on Lake Lanier boating after sunset.

Boating season in the summer months is busy. If you’re renting a boat on Lake Lanier for a holiday like the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day weekend. Hundreds to thousands of boaters are out on the lake during these weekends, so it’s crucial to be aware of the heavy boat traffic so you can enjoy your rental safely.

Visiting Lake Lanier is a great choice for a summer vacation, whether you go for a weekend or an entire week. Accommodation options around Lake Lanier range from budget hotels to luxury resorts, and even lots of campgrounds to choose from.

Marinas around Lake Lanier for renting a boat

There are lots of marinas around Lake Lanier for your boat rental or servicing needs. Holiday Marina, Bald Ridge Marina, Aqualand Marina, and Hideaway Bay Marina are a few. You’ll want to find the closest marinas and fuel stations to where you’ll be staying since the lake is huge and you don’t want to get stuck going to a marina far from your accommodation on Lake Lanier.

Using GetMyBoat to Rent a Boat on Lake Lanier

Experiencing the boating culture of Lake Lanier has never been easier thanks to GetMyBoat. GetMyBoat allows you to quickly search, compare prices, submit rental inquiries, and pay for your rental or charter from the convenience of your phone or computer. We offer a secure platform for renters to facilitate a seamless rental transaction. For boat owners, we connect millions of renters to their boat and provide the security and safe checks on each rental transaction.

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Lake Lanier Boat Rental FAQs

How much does it cost to rent a boat on Lake Lanier?

The cost to rent a boat on Lake Lanier depends on the type of boat you want to rent and the duration of time. There are affordable fishing boats starting at $75/hour, up to $600/hour for a luxury houseboat. You can often secure a discount on rates by renting for a certain number of hours.

Do you need a license to rent a boat on Lake Lanier?

Boat renters must take a DNR-approved boating safety course to operate a boat in Georgia. You also must be at least 25 years of age.

How much is it to rent a party boat?

A party boat or houseboat to accommodate a lot of passengers can range in price from $200/hour to $600/hour, depending on the type of boat and amenities you want to include in your rental. GetMyBoat has party boat options on Lake Lanier.

Does Lake Lanier have a beach?

There are many parks with beaches around Lake Lanier. The Lake Lanier Islands, Buford Dam Park, Holly Park, and Mary Alice Park are just some of the parks with beaches and swim areas on Lake Lanier. There are many that also have campgrounds.

When is the best time to visit Lake Lanier?

The summertime is the best time to visit Lake Lanier, as you can jump in the lake to cool off from the hot Georgia heat. It’s warm enough to swim and enjoy even in April or late October.

What are the best places to visit on Lake Lanier?

Some of the best stops on Lake Lanier include the Lake Lanier Islands, Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, the Buford Dam, Don Carter State Park, and Lake Lanier Olympic Park.

GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Lake Lanier.

  1. JK
    Joel
    Ski, Tube, Fish & Fun on Lake Lanier

    We decided to spend a week on the lake and ended up renting the entire time. Art's boat offered us everything we needed from skiing, tubing, fishing, and just cruising around having fun. With plenty of power and space for people...this is the boat if you're looking to have a lot of fun! One added bonus was the pick up and drop off. Art met us at the boat and we were on the water within 5 minutes and we had no lines to wait in!

  2. AW
    Avi
    Tube, Ski, Fish & FUN on Lake Lanier!!!!! Book a Veranda VR22RC Pontoon

    Perfect boat for a day of cruising and skiing on Lake Lanier. Art was very nice, and was quick in responding to questions. I would highly recommend him and plan to rent from him on my next trip to Lake Lanier.

  3. NV
    Nicolas
    Tube, Ski, Fish & FUN on Lake Lanier!!!!! Book a Veranda VR22RC Pontoon

    I highly recommend Mr. Art, he is without a doubt a great host and is very responsive to when you have any doubts or any questions about anything. His vessel and his equipment are top of the line and he takes very good care of his things so they can be in top condition for his customers. Great experience, great boat, great guy!

  4. GP
    Griffin
    Ski, Tube, Fish & Fun on Lake Lanier

    Art is awesome! He did a great job giving us a rundown on taking care of the boat, pickup and drop off was super easy, and the boat was spotless and ran very smoothly. Perfect for our weeklong getaway on the lake!

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    Tammy
    Pontoon Boat For Rent - Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GA

    John was an excellent captain very knowledgeable about the area. He made us feel welcome, i will definitely use his services again

  6. RM
    Ryan
    Tube, Ski, Fish & FUN on Lake Lanier!!!!! Book a Veranda VR22RC Pontoon

    Art was very communicative throughout the process. The boat was fantastic, we had 13 people and everyone was comfortable. The boat is beautiful and would definitely rent from Art again. Boat slip is in prime location!