Are you planning a vacation to upstate New York? Are you looking for the best location to float your days away on the water? If that’s your kind of getaway, then make sure you head up to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York!
There are plenty of boat rentals around the area so it’s easy to get kayaks, motorboats, and other watercraft. Moreover, It’s also full of beautiful marinas and parks that are perfect havens for spending afternoons. Exploring the waters is always a pleasure here!
Now, if this is the kind of vacation you want and you’ve decided that the Finger Lakes is your ideal destination to be, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ll give you the important information you need, as well as help you find the best marinas and boat rentals for your next Finger Lakes vacation.
What Do You Need to Rent a Boat in NY?
Renting a boat in New York is easy! Most boat rental companies will provide instructions on how to properly and safely maneuver the boat before leaving you to your own devices. So generally, people ages 18 years and above may rent a boat without needing to complete a boating safety course. Of course, those who are 17 years old and below will have to provide a safety certificate before renting.
Furthermore, if you don’t want to take the helm, there are boat tours available where you only need to sit back and relax while breathing in the fresh air and enjoying the many wonderful sceneries Finger Lakes has to offer.
How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Boat in NY?
Before browsing our list of Finger Lakes boat rentals, allow us to give you an idea of how much this activity might cost you. Depending on your preference, you will able to take a boat tour for as low as $20 per person or rent a boat for a day for around $425. Is it worth it? Definitely! The beautiful sights and the overall experience will be worth every penny.
Can You Swim in the Finger Lakes?
Absolutely! The region is not only a popular spot for boating. It also offers a lot of public beaches and plenty of swimming areas for you and your loved ones to enjoy! Even your furry family members can try taking a dip.
Which Finger Lake is Best for Swimming?
If you love swimming, then the Finger Lakes is perfect for you! The area offers a number of public beaches and other delightful venues for those who love to take a dip in the cool waters. Among these are the Sandy Bottom Park in Richmond, Kershaw Park near Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake State Park on the Northern end of Seneca Lake, and Emerson Park on Owasco Lake.
Which Finger Lake is the Cleanest?
The region is blessed with natural resources and clear waters, but many agree that Skaneateles Lake ranks first when it comes to this criteria. In fact, this lake is considered one of the cleanest in the US! Are you ready for our list of Finger Lakes boat rentals yet? We’ll be revealing them shortly! Before that, allow us to unravel a few things you need-to-know.
How Far is Finger Lakes from NYC?
If you’re planning to drive to Finger Lakes from New York City, it’ll take you less than five hours to get there. So plan your trip ahead! Bring your essentials, prepare some snacks to munch along the way, get your playlist ready, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey.
Where to Stay When Vacationing at Finger Lakes?
Before you decide where to rent your boat, you have to find a nice place to stay. A comfortable lodging can make your getaway even more enjoyable. Check out some of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals for some fantastic options!
So, without further ado, we give you the best marinas and boat rentals for your perfect Finger Lakes vacation!
Best Marinas and Boat Rentals for Your Next Finger Lakes VacationBetween the water, wineries, and cute lake towns, The Finger Lakes is a perfect getaway for people of all ages. And if you’re looking to go out on the water, then this is the list for you. Here are our best recommended, marinas and boat rentals in the Finger Lakes region.
Canandaigua Lake Boat Rentals
Canandaigua is the 4th largest lake in the Finger Lakes region. At over 15.5 miles, and forested areas surrounding the lake there is plenty to see and do throughout your vacation! You’ll find parks, the city pier, wineries, and even a water park on Canandaigua Lake.
Canandaigua Lake State Marine Park is a boat launch at the north end of Canandaigua Lake. This government-owned facility also provides access to fishing in the lake from May to mid-October.
German Brothers Marina is a family-owned business that has been around since the mid-’70s. With a full-service marina, a new and used boat dealership, boat repairs and maintenance, and winterizing your boat, they have everything you need to enjoy your boating trip! You can even rent a large pontoon for the day, or for up to 5 days if you want to make yourself at home.
Smith Boys in Jansen Marina is a chain marina that offers many great services in upstate New York! And they have one right on Canandaigua Lake. They can rent you a boat, fill up your tank, or they can handle repairs and maintenance. Like the German Brothers, the Smith Boys rent pontoons and tri-toons by the day, or for multiple days. Don’t miss that sunset on the water!
Pelican Point Marina is conveniently located about 5 miles from the crowded north end of Canandaigua Lake. It’s a great place to start your day if you’re looking to cruise to the south side of the lake. They offer on-water fuel, parts, winterization, marina supplies, and even bait and tackle! Don’t forget to stop into their deli for some of the “best subs around!” they also serve pizza and if you call ahead and pick your food up directly from the dock. Having been in business for over 75 years they know how it’s done right.
Reagan’s Canoe and Kayak Livery has locations on 6 out of the 8 lakes in the Finger Lakes region. They have the largest collection of canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards in the region and can always provide the perfect vessel for your needs. Whether you’re going out for the day, or for several days, they can help you find your perfect boat. They may even be able to deliver your rental directly to you! Due to the vastness of the Finger Lakes, some locations may be far–but they’ll do their best! So call and ask about delivery.
Seager Marine remains infamous for its flexible times for pick-ups and returns when you rent through them. They offer both pontoon and ski boat rentals. You can rent by the day, or by the week (up to 5 days) for your convenience. They also offer boat storage and maintenance and repairs with highly trained–and continuously studying technicians who are dedicated to staying on top of today’s trends, boats, and parts.
Sutters Canandaigua Marina has been in operation since 1993 and is proudly a full-service marina. Located on the Canandaigua city pier it is a central location for all of your boating needs. They rent out pontoons and ski boats for whichever best meets your needs. They also provide a full-service repair shop, detailing and waxing, and they have a fully equipped indoor service facility.
If Canandaigua Lake sounds like your ideal vacation spot then click here to view our vacation rentals by owner to find your perfect vacation rental!
Cayuga Lake Boat Rentals
Cayuga Lake is located in the heart of Ithaca, New York. Cayuga Lake is the longest lake out of New York’s glacial Finger Lakes. It is also the second-largest lake in the area. Along with its Marina, there are also two Yacht clubs on Cayuga Lake.
Ithaca Boat Tours is a great place to go if you’re looking to explore, without having to drive, rent or take care of the boat yourself. Sit back and enjoy the day! They have Wine on the Water, Farmers Markets, Picnic Lunch Cruises, Sunset Cruises, and even a Moonlight Cruise! You can also charter small motorboats!
Lockview Marina and Transport Company is a great marina just a little bit north of the town of Cayuga. They sell gas right on the water and they offer boat storage and repair services. They also offer boat transport if you’re trying to head to a different marina!
Frontenac Harbor is perfect for your pontoon rental needs here on Cayuga Lake. They have great dockside parking, water and electricity available at most stocks, and free Wi-Fi throughout the Marina. So whether you’re trying to go fishing, or just boating and enjoying the day then Frontenac Harbor may be the spot for you!
Finger Lakes Boat Rental serves the Cayuga Lake community and proudly carries a lifetime of boating and fishing experience on Cayuga Lake. In business since 2002, they are here to provide you the perfect set up for your Finger Lakes vacation boating needs.
If you’re looking to make your next vacation at Cayuga Lake then check out some of our lakefront vacation rentals.
Conesus Lake Boat Rentals
Conesus Lake is one of the smaller Finger Lakes in the region. At 8 miles long it is a lake with somewhat shallow depths, at 66 feet, which makes it popular for fishing and swimming in the summer and ice fishing and ice skating in the winter. Unlike some of our previously listed lakes, this lake is heavily residential–but that doesn’t mean you can’t rent a boat to spend your afternoon on the water!
Canadice Lake Outfitters offers everything from canoes and kayaks to life jackets and dry bags. As a family business, they truly care about the community and their renters! Make sure you stop by for all of your needs for a fun day on the water.
Conesus Lake Boat Rentals can pick up your boat or they will deliver it directly to your Conesus Lake vacation rental! As another great family operated business it cares about the community and its visitors. They try to make the process as simple as possible so that you can spend the majority of your time relaxing! They offer pontoon boats that are great for tubing.
If Conesus Lake sounds like your ideal vacation then click here for more information on Conesus Vacation Rentals!
Honeoye Lake Boat Rentals
Honeoye Lake is known as the shallowest lake in the Finger Lakes. with a mere death of 30 feet at its deepest point! It’s 5 miles long and less than a mile across. This lake lies between Canadice Lake and Canandaigua Lake. You can hike, fish, and the water is typically calm. Since it’s one of the smaller lakes, boat sizes are restricted. It’s an ideal spot for canoes and kayaks.
As mentioned above, they have a secondary location right off of Honeoye Lake. Rent your kayaks and canoes with ease and go hit that water!
Reagans Canoe and Kayak, which is another repeat on this list, has several locations. On Honeoye, Reagan’s offers stand up paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks. Don’t forget that they deliver all over the Finger Lakes Region (within reason)!
If you’ve decided that Honeoye Lake is the spot for you, then check out our vacation rentals by owner for your perfect vacation getaway!
Keuka Lake Boat Rentals
Keuka Lake is one of the major lakes of the Finger Lakes. It stands out due to its “Y” shape as opposed to the long narrow shape that the rest of the Finger Lakes are. Due to its “strange” shape and size, Keuka Lake has an abundance of marinas and boat rental places.
Basin Park Marina offers speedboat, pontoon, and sailboat rentals. And they have recently moved to a new marina! They offer slips and docks as well. The Basin Park Marina rests on the north end of the lake over in Jerusalem, NY.
East Bluff Harbor has been a full-service working marina for over 40 years! Trust me when I say they know their stuff. Resting at the north end of the large part of the Y, Easy Bluff Harbor does rentals, service, and storage. They’ll even come to pull you in if you run out of gas or have a mechanical problem.
Jakes Boat Livery is the best place to stop by for gas when you’re in the middle of Keuka Lake. It’s right down by the bend in the “Y” and offers gas, slips, and docks! It rests just south of the Keuka Yacht Club.
Keuka Lake State Park has a boat launch and parking for up to 50 trucks and trailers. It is located on the north end of the west branch of Keuka Lake and is a great place to stop and explore! They have 651 acres of land and it is located near several great restaurants. Food is always a great way to end your day!
Keuka Watersports is the best location to rent from. They offer ski boats and pontoons for your enjoyment! They also rent Jet Ski’s, kayaks, and paddleboards. It’s a great place for finding the boat that fits you and your party.
Morgan Marine rents for the day or by the week–whichever is easiest for you! They offer everything from pontoons to ski boats, kayaks to paddleboards, tandem kayaks to paddle boats! They even rent out seasonal or weekly docks during the summer. If you’re looking for a place to rally your troops and fleet then head to the north end on the east branch of Keuka Lake.
If Keuka Lake sounds like the lake for you then click here to check out some vacation rentals by owner in the area!
Owasco Lake Boat Rentals
Owasco Lake is one of the smaller, more shallow lakes in the Finger Lakes region. This makes it the perfect spot for recreation! The water warms up more quickly than the other lakes and opens Owasco up to many opportunities early on in the season. Swimming, fishing, water skiing, and boating are popular on Owasco!
Owasco Marine is the largest marina in the eastern Finger Lakes and they are proud of it! From parts and services to buying boats and from winterization services to boat rentals Owasco has it! They rent pontoons and speed boats for 1-2 days or anywhere up to a week.
Owasco Paddles in Auburn, NY is a very dog-friendly place to rent your paddle boats. They have both single and tandem kayaks, Hobies, canoes, paddleboards, and paddleboats. You can rent by the hour, half-day, or full-day. The rental includes paddles, safety whistle, paddle-leaches, and life vests–and if you’re best friend is coming with you they’ll give you a doggy life vest and a non-slip mat so they can enjoy the day on the lake as well!
South Shore Marina on Owasco rests on the south end of the lake. South Shore loves fishing season and Owasco Lake is a great lake for fishing! They have boat rentals, repairs, and supplies as well as fishing supplies, bait, and tackle. Most importantly, South Shore Marina has a deli/snack bar! They’ve got anything you might need on your Owasco Vacation.
Once you’ve decided to stay on Owasco Lake, click here to see what vacation rentals by owner we have to offer!
Seneca Lake Boat Rentals
Seneca Lake is the largest glacial lake in the Finger Lakes and even more impressively, it’s the deepest lake in the state! It is known as the lake trout capital of the world and hosts the National Lake Trout Derby. It has a unique microclimate which makes it an ideal place for wineries–of which there are 50!
Glen Harbor Marina on the south end of Seneca Lake is your one-stop-shop for fuel, new and used parts, boat rentals, and slips! You can rent a speed boat, a pontoon, or canoes and kayaks. Whichever vessel better suits your needs you can find here. They rent mostly by the hour/day and require reservations for any weekend rentals–so plan accordingly!
2. Roy’s Marina
Roy’s Marina in Geneva, NY has been family-owned and operated for over 65 years! Stop by here for fuel, storage, slips, fishing gear, fishing charters, boat rentals, and kayak and paddleboard rentals! You can even grab your New York State fishing license from Roy’s Marina.
Stiver’s Seneca Marine is here for all of your boating needs. From fuel to kayak rentals they have it all. You can rent pontoons, kayaks, or water skis and tubes to tow behind your boat. Once you’ve exhausted yourselves on the water make sure to stop by the Tiki Bar North to enjoy a beautiful summer sunset!
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Skaneateles can run you the vessel you need! They have paddle boards, single and double kayaks, stand up paddleboards, pontoon boats, and tubes! They are also a full-service marina offering winterization, storage, rentals, life jackets, dock lines, and any other equipment you’ll need for your days spent on the water.
Click here to find out if a Skaneateles vacation rental is the right choice for your next home away from home vacation!
The Finger Lakes are fantastic for a fun family weekend away and renting a boat is an excellent option for people who don’t want to invest in one of their own. We hope our list of Finger Lakes boat rentals above can help you plan your vacation with ease. And if you need to find a place to stay, do check out our gorgeous and affordable vacation rentals!
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