Boat rental reservations are now available for 2019! All boats listed below are 2019 models and include a full tank of fuel.
Any person born on or after Jan 1st, 1989 must have a valid Boater’s Safety Certificate in order to operate a boat or pontoon on Wisconsin waters. American Marine requires any person born after 1/1/1989 to show proof of certification prior to rental. The test may be taken online here and the certificate or card must be presented in order to rent any boat or pontoon at our La Crosse location. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The following water toy packages can be added to any boat rental, or rented separately for use on your own boat!
Combo skis: $30/half day, $50/day
Includes: 2 skis plus tow rope
Tube package: $30/half day, $50/day
Includes: Single-rider tube plus tow rope
Wakeboard package: $50/half day, $75/day
Includes: wakeboard plus tow rope
Wakeski package: $50/half day, $75/day
Includes: wakeski (slalom) plus tow rope
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 Wisconsin – you do not need a boating license if you were born on or before 12/31/1988. If you were born after this, you must have proof of a valid Wisconsin Boat Renter’s Safety Certificate or equivalent boating course, as well as 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? No – none of our boats are equipped with either bathrooms or porta-potties. There are many places to stop along the river though.
Is there a refrigerator on board? Can I bring coolers, snacks, drinks, etc? None of our boats are equipped with refrigerators, but you are welcome to bring coolers. Snacks and drinks are encouraged!
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 need an accessible boat, and we will work with you to determine the best boat.