Dubuque Rentals

Boat rental reservations are now being taken for 2019!  All rentals below are 2018 models and include a full tank of fuel.

Boat Options





Tube Packages

The following water toy packages can be added to any boat rental, or rented separately for use on your own boat!

single rider red and checkerboard tube

Tube package: $24.50/half day, $39.50/day
Includes: Single-rider tube plus tow rope

dual rider yellow, red, and blue tube

Tube package: $29.50/half day, $54.50/day
Includes: Dual-rider tube plus tow rope

Cancellation Policy

American Marine has a 96 hour (4-day) cancellation policy.  If you cancel prior to your 96 hour notice, your deposit will be refunded in full.  If you cancel or change your date after the 96 hour notice, you will not be refunded the $100 deposit.  You may apply your deposit towards a future rental within the same rental season.

If on the date of your rental there are heavy rains, thunderstorms or high winds, we reserve the right to cancel your reservation and will issue a full refund.

However, in the case of cooler/warmer weather, overcast skies, or light rain, the renter is still responsible, as all boats will be released to go out on the water.


Do I have to have a boating license to rent a boat? In Iowa – you do not need a boating license to rent a boat, but you must have a valid driver’s license.

Are there life jackets on board? Anchors? Fire extinguishers? Yes – each boat is equipped with all items required by law to be legal on the river, including life jackets for the capacity of the boat. There is an anchor and line on each boat as well.

Do children have to wear life jackets, and do I need to bring them? Children under age 12 in Wisconsin must wear a vest at all times while on the water, whether the boat is docked, anchored, or in motion. We have a small stock of children’s vests, but we recommend bringing jackets/vests for your children if they have them. This will ensure a proper fit.

Are children counted as 1 person on boat capacity? Yes – the listed boat capacity is for all people, regardless of age.

Can I bring my pets? No, pets are not allowed on our rentals. If you have a service animal, please let us know at the time of rental.

Are there bathrooms on board? Our boats do not have either bathrooms or porta-potties, but there are many places to stop along the river though.

Is there a refrigerator on board? Can I bring coolers, snacks, drinks, etc? Our boats do not have refrigerators, but you are welcome to bring coolers. Snacks and drinks are encouraged!

Can I bring a grill? Unfortunately we do not allow grills on our rentals due to the potential for fire damage.

Can we have alcohol on board? Yes – alcohol is allowed on the boat and may be consumed while underway but you must follow state & national alcohol consumption guidelines. You can get ticketed and/or arrested on the water for OWI (operating while intoxicated) with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Is there fuel on the boat? Each boat rental includes a full tank of fuel, and the boat will be full at the time of rental.  You are responsible for any additional fuel costs incurred while you are out.

Are your boats wheelchair-accessible? Sometimes – the layouts for our boats do make them wheelchair accessible, but it depends on the width of your individual chair, and will affect the total boat capacity due to the chair weight. We also have the ability to move the pickup location in our marina to an easier access point. Please let us know at the time of reservation if you are looking for an accessible boat and we will work with you to determine the best boat.

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