10 Best Boat Rentals in Washington State

From the Puget Sound to the state’s sparkling lakes, Washington makes for a beautiful place to get out on the water. And you don’t need to own a boat to enjoy it. Whether you’re looking to paddle around in a kayak or go for a spin on a yacht, these boat rental places in Washington State are some of the best around!  

1. The Center for Wooden Boats, Seattle, WA

How cool would it be to learn about the history of ancient boats and how they were used in the Northwest, and then be able to rent one for the day? That’s exactly what you can do at The Center of Wooden Boats, a free to the public museum that preserves and promotes maritime history. Based in Seattle, Washington, The Center for Wooden Boats has been setting sail for over 25 years, taking passengers out on Lake Union and recreating history. There are building to explore, interactive displays, and volunteers are on hand to provide information. There are many ways to keep The Center for Wooden Boats afloat: personal donations, sign up for a workshop to learn new skills, buy or donate a boat, or volunteer to help where needed most. Adult volunteers earn a free hour of boating with every three hours of time donated. 

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2. Columbia River Boat Rental, East Wenatchee, WA

Columbia River Boat Rental in East Wenatchee, Washington, sits in the heart of the state near the Cascade Mountains. If you love the water and enjoy being out on it, boat rental might be the answer to a fun-filled summer. Whatever your favorite watersport is, Columbia River Boat Rental has what you need from wakeboards to water skiing to fishing and leisurely cruising your favorite spot. They have hourly, daily, and weekend rates, many different styles of boats, and you can be the captain or rent a boat driver. 

3. Point Defiance Marina, Tacoma, WA

Established in 1888, Point Defiance in Tacoma, Washington, has always been a favorite spot for fishing and other water activities. They have boats for rent that can be used for fishing, casual enjoyment, or active exploration, and most boats can hold up to four adults. Each boat comes with a full tank of gas, safety equipment and gear, and life jackets, and can be rented by the hour or by the day. If you’re looking for something a little smaller that can be shared with a friend, you can also rent a kayak and explore Puget Sound at your leisure. 

4. Yarrow Bay Marina, Kirkland, WA

Lake Washington makes a beautiful background for a day on the water. You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy being outside. If you’re at least 25 years old, you can rent one by calling or visiting Yarrow Bay Marina in Kirkland, Washington. A small deposit will hold a boat that’s fully equipped with life jackets, safety cushions, fire extinguishers, paddles, and other safety equipment. You can also rent two-person inner tubes, and in case plans change, you won’t lose your deposit with a 24-hour or longer cancellation. 

5. Shoreline Watercraft and Boat Rental, Chelan, WA

Shoreline Watercraft and Boat Rental in Chelan, Washington, has been a family-owned business for almost 30 years. You can experience the thrill of skimming across the water on your choice of boats that include Bayliners, Reinells, luxury boats, or pontoon boats for rent by the hour or the day. Boats can hold from seven to 14 passengers, and are subject to availability. Gas and taxes aren’t included in the pricing, but daily specials are available and advertised on the website. Discounts for active police, fire, and military personnel are available. If you like the idea of being on the water but not in a boat, jet ski are also available for rent. 

6. Lake Escape Boat Rentals, Nine Mile Falls, WA

If you’re looking to have fun on the water this summer, make sure to check out Lake Escape Boat Rentals. Located in Nine Mile Falls, Washington, Lake Escapes has been putting the fun in boating since 2009. They provide the boats and equipment to help you have a great experience on the water, and can even deliver your boat to several lake locations upon contract. And if you rent a boat from them, you can also get tubes, water skis, and wakeboards free! Rent a boat for the day, the week, or longer. 

7. Seattle Boat Share, Seattle, WA

Seattle Boat Share, located in Seattle, Washington, offers a great solution for those who love boating but don’t own their boat. By allowing you to select one of the five the membership that fits your needs and lifestyle, you get unlimited boating for a flat rate with no dock fee. With more than 30 boats in their fleet, you can cruise Lake Union, Lake Washington, or maneuver through the locks. If you’re new to boating, they have lessons that include two days on the water with a qualified instructor. 

8. Boatsetter, Multiple locations

There are so many good reasons to be out on the water. Whether you like fishing, sailing, waterskiing, entertaining, or just celebrating life, there’s a boat for every occasion. Boatsetter is a fun website that helps you search for the type of boat you want, connect with the owner, book your rental time, and have the greatest adventure of the season. It’s work much like Airbnb, where you select where you want to go, the boat you want, communicate with the owner about the specifics of the trip, and book and pay online. Then you’re all set to go!

9. My Girl, Tacoma, WA

Want to sail Puget Sound in style? Charter a yacht from My Girl. Based in Tacoma, Washington, this family owned business has over 19 years of experience providing Coast Guard-certified yachts, captains, and crew. With dates and times that are flexible and locations that are easy to find, you’ll have the best floating adventure around. Private parties, corporate get-togethers, family reunions, educational programs, fundraising opportunities, or any other special occasions can take on a new level of excitement when done on the water. 

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10. Issaquah Paddle Sports, Issaquah, WA

Located at Tibbett’s Beach in Washington State, Issaquah Paddle Sports is the popular place to rent one or two-person kayaks, one or two-person paddle boats, pedal boats, or fishing kayaks for a fun time on the water. The only requirement for renters is that you know how to swim. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, rentals are by the hour and reservations are not taken. Life jackets and paddles are provided for all rentals, and lessons are also available. Looking for a new place to have your next birthday party? Let Issaquah Paddle Sports help by hosting and teaching your partygoers all about paddle boating or kayaking, then take a trip on the water. It’s fun for everyone!

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