Rent A Boat In Minnesota, USA - Updated 2024

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Located in America’s Midwest, Minnesota lies along the banks of Lake Superior. There are more than 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, making it the ideal state if you’re looking to enjoy life and fun on the water. Saint Paul is the state capital and has much in the way of cultural and historic landmarks, including the Walker Art Center with its exhibits of modern art and the Science Museum of Minnesota. The twin city of Minneapolis is well known for its art and culture, as well as its chain of lakes. Duluth features the Aerial Lift Bridge and the fun and enjoyable Lakewalk trail, while more fun can be enjoyed in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, with its recreation area. In order to enjoy life on the water in this state, have a look below at the top places where you can rent a boat in Minnesota, USA.

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 February 08, 2024.

1. Houseboat in the Babbitt/Ely area

This charming houseboat is moored at a peaceful private dock at Birch Lake, near Babbitt and Ely in Minnesota, ideal for relaxation and enjoying the fresh air. The boat can accommodate six people in comfort, while guests can explore the surrounding area or relax on the public beach close by.

The boat has a basic kitchenette with a propane fridge, microwave, coffee pot and toaster. There is no TV or internet connection available here, making it the perfect spot to chill out, away from normal life. There is a comfortable sofa bed in the salon and a bedroom with two double beds, plus a small bathroom with a shower.

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Babbitt, Minnesota, United States
21.59 km (13.5 mi) from International Wolf Center
30 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 6 Guests 1 Bedroom 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
it was quiet and cozy with an amazing view
it was accurately described and comfortable
it was clean and comfortable
murray keeps the place clean and is quick to respond to anything you need
comfortable and clean and very peaceful
older houseboat but very clean and equipped with everything you need
everyone was super friendly
murray was a wonderful host
highly recommend for couples looking for an escape supplied by a kind and thoughtful host
murray and corinna were very helpful giving us tips and info for places to go hiking and swimming
this was just a perfect location
it's close distance to a couple of swimming be a has and nice trails
you’re close enough to ely for a nice dinner
his house boat is in a great location
a perfect place to relax
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2. Classic houseboat in Saint Paul (from USD 199)

Enjoy a stay on the water in this 1949 Gordy Miller houseboat, which originates in Saint Paul. There are many enjoyable walking and biking trails in the surrounding area. The boat is moored in the marina and has been carefully restored and renovated. It offers a salon with a TV, pocket Wi-Fi, a well-equipped galley and two decks for outdoor living. The boat sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, with an additional sofa bed in the salon. There is one bathroom.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
350.01 km (217.5 mi) from International Wolf Center
35 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 0 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
charming secluded quiet house boat cozy but plenty of room for 2-4 guests
we loved our time on this houseboat it was clean well decorated and roomier than one would think
the boat was clean and tidy for us
chris was a wonderful host
the owners were friendly and responsive to our questions and check in and check out were a breeze
the people at the marina were all very friendly and helpful
helpful host good location
i would recommend this to anyone just for the experience alone along with having a great host
it's a fun adventure in a convenient location
this place is cool fun and unique - must see
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Pontoons for rent

3. Rent a 20-foot Premier Sunsation Pontoon on White Sand Lake

Source: Max Pixel

Go cruising for a full or half-day on this Premier Pontoon and explore White Sand Lake, in Minnesota. The pontoon can accommodate 10 people in comfort, while you enjoy the waters of the Brainerd Lakes area. The boat offers comfortable wraparound seating and a table for picnicking on board. It also has a sundeck for getting the perfect tan and shade can be enjoyed under the Bimini Top. The swim ladder allows for swimming in the lake.

Rent a 20-foot Premier Sunsation Pontoon

Address: White Sand Lake, Minnesota, USA

Website: Rent a 20-foot Premier Sunsation Pontoon

Price: From 100 USD

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4. Rent a pontoon on Jay Gould Lake

Pontoon on Jay Gould Lake
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Have fun relaxing in the sun or fishing on Jay Gould Lake in Itasca County, with easy access to the Mississippi River and Lake Pokegema in Northern Minnesota. This pontoon can accommodate 10 people in comfort and has a dining table, a swim ladder and a Bimini Top for shade. The boat also features a Bluetooth radio and a depth finder and fishermen can expect to catch a good variety of fish.

Rent a pontoon on Jay Gould Lake

Address: Jay Gould Lake, Cohasset, Minnesota, USA

Website: Rent a pontoon on Jay Gould Lake

Price: From 25 USD

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5. Pontoon rental in Excelsior

Pontoon rental in Excelsior
Source: Max Pixel

This recently renovated pontoon can accommodate 13 people on a trip out on the water in Lake Minnetonka. The pontoon has comfortable wraparound seating and a table for a picnic and also features a stereo system with speakers to stream music via Bluetooth. There is also plenty of space on board to store bags and coolers. The boat is available on a full or half-day basis, with or without a captain.

Pontoon rental in Excelsior

Address: Lake Minnesota, Excelsior, Minnesota, USA

Website: Pontoon rental in Excelsior

Price: From 150 USD

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6. 20-foot pontoon rental on Cross Lake, Pine City, Minnesota

Pontoon on Cross Lake
Source: Max Pixel

Enjoy a full day or half-day out on the water at Cross Lake in Pine City, Minnesota, with this 20-foot fishing and cruising pontoon. The boat has a 40-hp/4-stroke Mercedes motor and comfortable seating for around 10 to 13 passengers. Relax in the sun or try your hand at fishing. No towing, tubing or waterskiing is allowed from the pontoon.

20-foot pontoon rental on Cross Lake

Address: Cross Lake, Pine City, Minnesota, USA

Website: 20-foot pontoon rental on Cross Lake

Price: From 300 USD

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7. 22-foot pontoon rental in Pine City

Pontoon in Pine City
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This 22-foot fishing and cruising pontoon has a 125-hp/4-stroke Suzuki motor and is ideal for taking you out on the water for a half or full day of fun. There is plenty of comfortable seating for around 10 to 13 guests. Enjoy relaxing on board as you cruise around the lake, or enjoy a day of fishing. There is plenty of room to store your bags and coolers on board. No tubing, waterskiing or towing is allowed on this pontoon.

22-foot pontoon rental in Pine City

Address: Pine City, Minnesota, USA

Website: 22-foot pontoon rental in Pine City

Price: From 250 USD

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Kayak for rent

8. Guided kayak tours on the Minnesota rivers

Kayak tour
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Have fun with your friends or family while enjoying a three-hour guided kayak tour of the Minnesota Rivers. The tour takes you around the local waters of the Twin Cities. Along the way, you will learn about the wildlife in the area, the preserved wetlands and the history of the rivers, while taking in some popular historic destinations. Different tours are available around Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Hudson Bay, with varying hours and charges. Children are welcome from the age of 10 and up. Each tour includes a kayak, paddle, life jacket and guide.

Guided kayak tour on the Minnesota rivers

Address: Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Hudson Bay, Minnesota, USA

Website: Guided kayak tour on the Minnesota rivers

Price: From 60 USD

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Have fun on the water in Minnesota, USA

Whether it is your preference to simply relax in the sunshine on board, enjoy a picnic on the water, catch a whole load of fish to take home or gently paddle around the rivers and lakes, your best bet is to choose one of these varied options to rent a boat in Minnesota, USA.

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