Rent A Boat In Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Updated 2024

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Milwaukee lies on the western shore of Lake Michigan, in the state of Wisconsin. The city is best known for its breweries and a number of tours are available for visitors to learn about the beer industry. There are also a number of museums in Milwaukee, including the Harley-Davidson Museum, which overlooks the Menomonee River. Also of interest is the Milwaukee Public Museum, which features a full-scale European village, as well as a recreation of Milwaukee from days gone by. The city hosts the Summerfest music festival each June and July. For accommodations, it offers a wide array of Airbnb vacation rentals for unconventional travelers and plenty of nearby lakefront hotels, providing the perfect blend of urban charm and waterfront allure for a memorable stay. Although if you’re looking for unique accommodation, one way is to rent a boat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 19, 2024.

1. Lovely houseboat offering sweeping views

Discover the perfect boat vacation rental in Milwaukee with breathtaking scenic views, including the city skyline, lake, and marina. The houseboat offers an upper deck seating area for relaxation and stunning vistas. Inside, the living room features a pull-out couch, and the kitchenette with seating doubles as a sleeping area. Two additional sleeping areas are located at the front of the boat.

During your stay, you can access the internet and office facilities, enjoy entertainment with Amazon Prime Video on the television, and unwind with music from the sound system. Don’t think twice and indulge in a unique trip by experiencing this boat rental in Milwaukee complete with all the comforts of home.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
3.02 km (1.9 mi) from Harley-Davidson Museum
15 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
facilities in the marina were clean and comfortable for accessing flush toilets and showering
keith himself is a great host
keith is an amazing host
keith was easy going communicative and was only a phone call away throughout my stay
keith is very responsive and friendly
great location by a park
amazing location and beautiful sights
parking was easy and the location is ideal
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2. Enjoy a stay on a 31-foot yacht in McKinley Marina

McKinley Marina
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user MMBiology used under CC BY-SA 4.0

This beautiful, 31-foot yacht is moored in McKinley Marina, close to the shops, coffee shops, beaches and restaurants in the area. The boat offers beautiful views over downtown Milwaukee. While you cannot take the yacht out of its mooring, there are jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards for hire in the marina for a day on the water.

The yacht features air conditioning and heating and the salon features a TV and free Wi-Fi. Chairs are available for sitting and relaxing on the deck. The galley is equipped with everything necessary for daily cooking on the boat. The lower cabin features two comfortable sleeping areas sleeping four guests and one bathroom.

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3. Classic yacht houseboat, close to Summerfest

Milwaukee lakefront
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user The ed17 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Enjoy a stay in the marina on the Milwaukee lakefront in a 28-foot 1977 Carver Mariner Yacht. Bradford Beach, restaurants, shops, bars, museums and the Summerfest grounds are all around a 15-minute walk away from the yacht.

The interior of the yacht is cozy and comfortable and free Wi-Fi access is available. There is a flat-screen TV and a choice of board games and card games on the boat, as well as a variety of books to read. The bench seat and dining area in the salon both convert into single-size berths. The bathroom is not in service, but guests will have a key to the bathroom on the dock.

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4. The Jolly Lodger - 32-foot Hunter sailboat in McKinley Marina

This 32-foot Hunter sailboat is moored in McKinley Marina, conveniently placed for shops, restaurants, museums and bars. While the boat cannot be taken out on the water, the owner will take guests for a sail if his time permits. The cozy salon features a TV and free Wi-Fi is available on the boat. The galley is ideal for daily cooking. Guests have access to two queen-size berths and one full “V” berth. While there is a shower and toilet on the boat, the owner prefers it if guests used the bath and shower house in the marina.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
3.27 km (2.1 mi) from Harley-Davidson Museum
50 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the boat was cozy-- tv and wi-fi was a great bonus
the boat was spotless and the bathrooms extremely clean
the lodgings were very comfortable and clean
the marina is beautiful quiet and very clean
the inside of their craft is clean comfortable and quiet
the marina was well maintained secure and the showers/bathroom facility was clean and adequate
tim & sharon were such welcoming hosts
tim and sharon are outstanding hosts
tim and his wife sharon were excellent hosts
tim and sharon are wonderful considerate hosts
tim is a gracious host
the location and parking were ideal very easy to come and go
great location and definitely a cool experience
such a unique experience and amazing location
what a neat place to stay very comfortable and a great location
the marina was such a peaceful spot yet close to all milwaukee has to offer
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5. Glamping on a yacht in downtown Milwaukee

This 33-foot 1977 Carver Mariner Yacht is moored in a quiet marina on the Milwaukee lakefront, a 15-minute walk to all the restaurants, coffee shops, museums, bars, Bradford Beach and the Summerfest grounds. The salon is cozy and comfortable, with a sofa, two retired first-class seats from an airliner and a flat-screen TV. While the boat has a Porta-Potty, the owner prefers it if guests use the bathroom facilities at the marina. There is a comfortable futon that converts into a double bed and air mattresses are provided for other guests.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
4.56 km (2.9 mi) from Harley-Davidson Museum
51 reviews  
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
the dock and parking were very secure and the bathrooms and showers were clean and easily accessible
james' place totally exceeded my expectations - it was clean very homey and had everything we needed
a great host
i loved staying on their boat and the owners were very nice and accommodating i’ll be back ’
he is a very responsive host and made the check in process very easy
great space james was super communicative and responsive
good communication from host
easy to get to walk to many places
in a great city with a great location
convenient location safe area fun way to experience the city
great location everything 3rd ward walkers point and downtown is walkable
but great location with plenty to do in the area
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Pontoons for rent

6. Rent a 28-foot Liquid Limo party barge

Source: Max Pixel

Have a great party out on the lake in this renovated, 1983 28-foot Harris FloteBote 280 Heritage Pontoon. The boat can accommodate a maximum of 12 persons with comfortable seating. It has a Bluetooth radio and an 8-speaker sound system, plus a 12-inch subwoofer and two wireless phone chargers. There is a 10-foot Bimini Top to keep out the sun, a propane pizza oven that can cook up to a 13-inch pizza and a propane grill suitable for cooking 12 burgers. There is also a cooler with a 64 can capacity. Take the pontoon out for a full day or half-day.

28-foot Liquid Limo party barge

Address: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Website: 28-foot Liquid Limo party barge

Price: From 495 USD

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Cruiser boat for rent

7. Rent a beautiful Sea Ray 310 Sundancer

SeaRay Sundancer 270 at Clifton Hampden
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Nancy used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Put together a tasty picnic and go cruising in this mid-size Sea Ray 310 Sundancer boat on Lake Michigan. Measuring 32 feet, the boat has a 4 horsepower motor and can take up to six persons, including an optional captain. Whether it is a family group or a bunch of friends, the Sea Ray is a lot of fun on the water.

Sea Ray 310 Sundancer

Address: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Website: Sea Ray 310 Sundancer

Price: From 500 USD

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Sailboat for rent

8. Rent a Hunter 33.5 sailboat

Root River Racine
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user JeremyA used under CC BY-SA 2.5

Enjoy a full or half-day out sailing with your captain off the coast of Racine Wisconsin’s marinas in this Hunter 33.5 sailboat. The boat comfortably seats six persons and has a Bimini Top for shade, autopilot, a chart plotter, depth finder and GPS. There is a galley with a microwave, grill and refrigerator and a head with a shower. Play music on the boat’s stereo system as you sail away. If you feel like a dip, a swim ladder is available. After your enjoyable sail is over, enjoy some beer, wine and light appetizers on the dock.

Hunter 33.5 sailboat

Address: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Website: Hunter 33.5 sailboat

Price: 900 USD

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Nearby boat rentals

9. The Friendship vessel (from USD 132)

Discover life on the water at Reefpoint Marina with a stay at this unique houseboat rental in Milwaukee. This captivating Classic Egg Harbor yacht boasts a distinct character and can comfortably accommodate up to six guests, though it’s recommended for four. Enjoy picturesque sunrises and sunsets, embrace the cool lake breeze, and indulge in stargazing during peaceful nights from the boat deck.

The marina offers delightful amenities, including an outdoor patio, grilling area, bar, restaurant, and easy access to downtown conveniences. Apart from the fully-equipped kitchen, guests also have access to clean and modern shower facilities.

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
35.33 km (22.0 mi) from Harley-Davidson Museum
37 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
pat & mindy run a clean ship
the bathrooms on land were clean and accessible
the pool area was mostly clean and not too crowded
the boat was roomy clean and well maintained
an excellent restaurant pool and hot tubs grills very clean facilities and a little convenience store
the hosts were really nice
the owners have a great response time and we're always available if i had any questions
the hosts were very easy to correspond with and getting onto the boat was seamless
relaxing stay hosts were very accommodating and nice
the hosts were nice and helpful and answered all our questions
very easy directions for location and check in
great place to stay with a lot of close by activities
great spot smooth process and the whole location really was just lovely
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10. Modern houseboat perfect for unplugging (from USD 118)

Escape to this Airbnb boat house in Milwaukee which is a cozy 28-foot (8.53 meter) space perfect for cherishing special moments and rekindling connections. Unplug in the serene ambiance and scenic views while lounging on the outdoor deck. Inside, you’ll get to revel in the comforts of a welcoming sofa and a well-equipped kitchen. The bed under the skylight promises comfort and relaxation, while an extra small bedroom can accommodate two more guests.

Moreover, you can take advantage of the marina that offers delightful amenities such as a pool, hot tub, restaurant, and easy access to downtown attractions.

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Racine, Wisconsin, United States
35.36 km (22.0 mi) from Harley-Davidson Museum
65 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is used efficiently and the wifi is fast enough for video calls
that window is enough to cool off we don't activate the air conditioning
very well-appointed and clean
the bathroom and showers in the clubhouses are clean and well-maintained
the boat was clean and it felt very personal and special being on a private marina
abey was a wonderful host
:) the host truly catered to why i was there
abey was a great host he responded quickly and checked in to make sure our stay was great
he was communicative friendly and gave excellent recommendations
abey was very accommodating and provided me with everything i needed to make the night special
close to the lake and a comfortable place to stay
there’s a lot of nice options for food and drinks within walking distance
had a wonderful time here great location lots to do in the area
the next morning we were able to walk down main street to maple table for a wonderful breakfast
it was a nice short walk downtown and the marina was quiet and serene
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Have a lot of fun on the water in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee downtown
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Towpilot used under CC BY 3.0

Whether you want to go all out and rent a houseboat docked in a marina in Milwaukee or go sailing out on the water with a picnic and a cooler, you have plenty of options to relax and enjoy the summer weather. So consider renting a boat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for your next getaway.

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