Boat Rentals in the Georgia Mountains

Take relaxation in the Georgia mountains to another level with a boat rental and time spent on one of North Georgia’s beautiful lakes. These local marinas and boat rental shops make it easy to rent a boat for a fun day on the water with family and friends!

Boat Rentals at North Georgia Mountain Lakes

Boat Rentals at North Georgia Mountain Lakes


Watercraft & Boat Rentals in the Georgia Mountains

North Georgia’s beautiful lakes offer a great way to spend your vacation time. Rent a boat and explore the area lakes and their great places to ski, tube, and fish. Choose one of the pet-friendly boat rentals and bring your dogs along for the adventure too!

North Georgia has a handful of larger lakes that offer on-water boat rentals, or in some cases, you may opt to have a rental boat delivered to the lake of your choice.

Map of Lakes in the North Georgia Mountains USA

Map of Lakes in the Georgia Mountains

Most boat rentals are seasonal and available during the warmer months. Advance boat rental reservations are recommended.


Boat Rentals at Blue Ridge Lake

Enjoy a sunny day with friends and family on this mountain lake near Blue Ridge.


Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Lake Blue Ridge Marina in Blue Ridge, GA

Lake Blue Ridge Marina in Blue Ridge, GA

Lake Blue Ridge Marina is located on the water at Lake Blue Ridge and offers half-day or full-day pontoon boat rentals. Their 22′ Bennington pontoons are designed to give full shade or sun (your choice) and can fit up to 8 people. Tubes can be rented with the boat rental, but you may not bring your own towing devices. No pets allowed.

The marina also offers rentals of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Reservations are recommended – especially for busy weekends and holidays.

Pick up a snack to go at the convenience store or cap off the day with dinner and specialty cocktails at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill.


Contact Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Closed on Mondays.


Lake Blue Ridge Marina Reviews


Boat Rentals at Lake Burton

Lake Burton is a 2,775-acre reservoir with 62 miles of shoreline located in the mountains of Georgia in Rabun County. Annual events include a wooden boat parade and the Summer Vibes Concert Series.


Anchorage Boat Dock

Anchorage Boat Dock Boat Rentals at Lake Burton, Georgia

Anchorage Boat Dock Boat Rentals at Lake Burton, Georgia

Anchorage Boat Dock is a full-service marina located on Lake Burton and offers rentals of pontoon boats, ski boats, and jet skis. Reserve a full-day rental for an unforgettable day on Lake Burton! Half-day rentals may be available for walk-ins (no reservations are available for half-day rentals).

Stock up on lake essentials at the marina store, including gas, groceries, live bait, and more. Get lunch to go from the convenient lakeside Take It On The Lake restaurant.


Contact Anchorage Boat Dock

Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 to 5.


LaPrade’s Marina

LaPrade's Marina Pontoon Boat Rentals at Lake Burton, Georgia

LaPrade’s Marina Pontoon Boat Rentals at Lake Burton, Georgia

LaPrade’s Marina is located in the peaceful west end of Wildcat Creek Cove on Lake Burton and includes 3 restaurants and a store. Rent a pontoon boat that can carry up to 12 people around for a fun day on this gorgeous mountain lake! Maximize your lake time with your choice of a half-day, full-day, or multi-day boat rental. Check availability and get instant confirmation online for your boat reservation.


Contact LaPrade’s Marina


LaPrade’s Marina Reviews


Boat Rentals at Lake Chatuge

Enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Chatuge framed by the stunning Blue Ridge mountain views.


The Ridges Resort & Marina Boat Rentals

Watercraft Rentals at The Ridges Resort at Lake Chatuge, Georgia

Watercraft Rentals at The Ridges Resort at Lake Chatuge, Georgia

There is no shortage of ways to enjoy the water at The Ridges Resort & Marina on Lake Chatuge. In addition to boat rentals, the resort offers 2 types of boat tours (Aqua Tiki and Mountain Man Airboat Tours), kayak and paddleboard rentals, Splash Island (seasonal water park), and waterfront dining!

Choose from 5 different boat types and rent a boat for 2 hours, half-day, full-day, or multi-day periods—Pet friendly with an additional pet fee.


Contact The Ridges Resort & Marina


Boundary Waters Resort & Marina

Boundary Waters Resort and Marina Boat Rentals at Lake Chatuge, GA

Boundary Waters Resort and Marina Boat Rentals at Lake Chatuge, GA

Enjoy a fun day on the lake with a boat rental from Boundary Waters Resort and Marina on Lake Chatuge. The marina has a wide variety of boat rentals to choose from, including pontoons, deck boats, wakeboard boats, ski boats, jet skis, and more! They also offer rentals of kayaks and SUPs for 1-2 passengers.

Book your stay in this lakefront home with a 2-story dock to make the most of your Lake Chatuge vacation.


Contact Boundary Waters Resort & Marina


Boundary Waters Resort and Marina Reviews


Young Harris Watersports

Young Harris Watersports Boat Rentals at Lake Chatuge, GA

Young Harris Watersports Boat Rentals at Lake Chatuge, GA

The Young Harris Watersports group has boat rental locations on 2 lakes, plus they will also deliver boat rentals to most of the nearby lakes in GA, NC, and SC!

The Lake Chatuge location in Hiawassee has a wide variety of boat rentals available, including jet skis, ski boats, tritoons, a double-decker boat with slide, fishing boats, plus more! Pets under 20 pounds are allowed on board with an additional pet fee.

Young Harris Watersports also offers kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals.


Contact Young Harris Watersports

  • Call: +1 (706) 896-0834
  • Address: 2683 US Highway 76, Hiawassee, GA
  • Website:


Young Harris Watersports Reviews


Boat Rentals at Lake Nottely

Check the Lake Nottely weather forecast and spend a sunny day on this mountain lake near Blairsville.


North Georgia Watersports

North Georgia Watersports Boat Rentals on Lake Nottely, Georgia

North Georgia Watersports Boat Rentals on Lake Nottely, Georgia

North Georgia Watersports on Lake Nottely offers half-day or full-day rentals on a variety of fun boats, including cruiser pontoons, watersports pontoons, jet skis, and double-decker boats with a slide! Add watersports gear to your rental to test your skills on wakeboards, kneeboards, tubes, combo skis, and more!

Up to 2 small pets are allowed on boat rentals with an additional pet fee.

Kayaks and canoes are also available to rent on site.


Contact North Georgia Watersports


North Georgia Watersports Reviews


Nottely Boat Club & Marina

Nottely Boat Club & Marina Boat Rentals at Lake Nottely, GA

Nottely Boat Club & Marina Boat Rentals at Lake Nottely, GA


Enjoy a day on Lake Nottely with half-day, full-day, or multi-day tritoon or pontoon rentals from Nottely Boat Club & Marina. Up to 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted on rentals with an additional pet fee. Add a tube to the 150HP tritoon rentals for even more ways to have fun at the lake! Reserve online for instant confirmation of boat rental.

Book your stay in this lakefront home with a 2-story dock to make the most of your Lake Nottely vacation.


Contact Nottely Boat Club & Marina


Nottely Boat Club & Marina Reviews


Nottely Marina

Nottely Marina Boat Rentals on Lake Nottely, Georgia

Nottely Marina Boat Rentals on Lake Nottely, Georgia

Enjoy a leisurely day on Lake Nottely with a boat rental from Nottely Marina. Flexible rentals of jet skis and pontoon boats allow you to rent a boat for 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours, or by the day or week! Reservations are recommended.

Pets are welcome aboard your boat rentals with payment of an additional pet fee.

Paddle equipment including canoes, tandem canoes, kayaks, tandem kayaks, and paddleboards are also available for rent by the hour, day, or week.


Nottely Marina Contact Info

Closed on Tuesdays.


Nottely Marina Reviews


Boat Rentals at Lake Rabun

Enjoy 25 miles of shoreline at scenic Lake Rabun in North Georgia. This twisty 835-acre reservoir lake follows the original course of the Tallulah River and is a popular favorite for summer vacationers.

Be sure to catch the unique Independence Day wooden boat parade that travels along the Lake Rabun shoreline each year.


Bear Gap Outfitters

Bear Gap Outfitters is based at Lake Rabun and also provides boat rentals to Seed Lake and Lake Burton. Rent pontoon boats that can accommodate up to 14 people for your summer fun. Call to inquire about taking a boat cruise that lets someone else captain while you cruise around the lake.

Boat rental types at Bear Gap Outfitters include pontoons (20′ – 24′), canoes, kayaks (single and tandem), and paddleboards. Take advantage of convenient boat delivery right to the dock for vacation rental lakehouses! Discounts are available for multiple-day rentals.


Bear Gap Outfitters Contact Info



Boat Rentals at Other Lakes

North Georgia Boat Rentals with Boat Delivery

North Georgia Boat Rentals with Boat Delivery

If you are looking for a boat rental at another lake, consider using a marina that offers delivery services. Bear Gap Outfitters at Lake Rabun also services Seed Lake and Lake Burton. Young Harris Watersports can arrange for select rentals to be delivered to many lakes in North Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, including Lake Rabun, Lake Hartwell, and more.


Map of Motorized Boat Rentals in North Georgia

This interactive map can help you to find the perfect place to rent a boat for a memorable day on the lake!


Tips for a Great Day Boating

Your boat outing should be an easy and fun way to enjoy the scenic views of the North Georgia mountains. Planning to have a few things handy in advance will ensure everyone’s comfort during the day.

  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Hats with strap/clasp
  • Quick-dry SPF clothing
  • Boat shoes/water shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Oversized straw tote
  • Waterproof tote bag
  • Waterproof cell phone case
  • Medications
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hair scrunchies/ties
  • Beach towel
  • Swimsuit cover-up

Also, check out the post about Lakefront Rental Homes that Include an Optional Boat Rental.


Where are you planning your next North Georgia mountain boating adventure?

30 Responses

  1. my dental health 101 says:

    Georgia looks so beautiful. I would love to visit there someday, and take one of these boat rental trips. I enjoy boat rides on a lake. When I lived in Stockton, Ca I knew someone who owned a boat. We would take boat rides on the Delta, super fun. I wouldn’t get on one in the ocean though. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hello, boating around on North Georgia lakes does require some navigational and boating skills, but it should definitely be easier than going out in the ocean with the large surf and changing currents. I hope you are able to visit soon and enjoy this fun activity!

  2. Oliver says:

    I live across the pond over in the UK and have never been to the United States before. From what I see, Georgia looks an incredible place to visit, and beautiful too. Boating to me is something that I have been doing in Poland (my wife is Polish), and it’s a great experience, fishing, cruising, family trips, etc create lasting memories. When I finally do manage to come to the US for a trip, I will be using this site as a great reference point for boat hire.Thank you. 

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Oliver, thanks for checking out some of the fun things North Georgia offers! Boating around on the scenic lakes during the summer is certainly a great way to enjoy the day and create memories that will last a lifetime!!

  3. Bogadi says:

    My imagination just went wild when I was reading this article. I could feel the freshness and the relaxing effect of water around me. You have given us a beautiful variety of choices and this will come in very handy when we are ready to reserve a vacation boat in the mountains!

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Bogadi, I’m so glad to hear that you found North Georgia boat rentals that will work for you and your family! Have a great trip!

  4. MIchel says:

    This looks like an awesome way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Or even a sunset cruise down the river with a glass of champagne.

    I would like to visit Lake Nottely, as we had friends who went there and are still talking about how beautiful it is out there. I am glad to see that pets are welcome and that they have non-motorized boats too, as I enjoy canoeing.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Michel, It’s nice to have so many options for boat rentals on the North Georgia waters. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving, you could also consider a unique boat tour!

  5. shinepage1 says:

    Hi Alice am very fascinated with this boat rental article, even though I have never been to Georgia, I will put this on my bucket list!  It is so much fun renting a boat for a day or two, lovely information to provide most or all the available rental outlet where you can get boats to rent. I have found the information very helpful and thank you very much!

  6. Kwidzin says:

    Thanks for this great article. Living in Scotland here, I’ve never yet been to that side of the pond, but I’ve always said that if i do, the Georgia is definitely on the list of places to visit. However, boating is something I’ve never considered for this part of the world, so this has been educational. Hopefully some day soon i will participate.

  7. LineCowley says:

    Boat rental in Georgia simply looks amazing. i have never been to Georgia, but spending the day on a boat and exploring an area, is simply wonderful. 

    Does one need a skippers licence when you rent a boat in Georgia? is there a minimum age for somebody to be able to rent a boat? Does one get a better rate if you rent the boat for more than a day?

    • Alyce says:

      I hope you are able to visit us in North Georgia one day soon and see for yourself what all of this talk is about! 🙂

      Each boat rental place has its own policies about who can rent a boat, but the legal age to rent a boat in Georgia is 16. Additional age requirements and restrictions for boat drivers depend on the size and power of the watercraft

      As laws can change over time, it’s best to review the most current information on the Georgia DNR website at:

      Most places do offer better rates for longer rentals, so keep that in mind as you plan your trip!

  8. PayneMastrFlex says:

    Hey, thanks for the article – a lot of valuable information here, and it’s always nice to have a good resource that allows you to skip all the fluff & quickly compare the most pertinent information to find a place that best needs your needs! I haven’t been out to Georgia myself yet, but have visited several similar places in Virginia and Tennessee – I’ll have to add these to my list! Spending all day cruising up and down a lake, playing in the water, fishing, and just relaxing is a blast.

    • Alyce says:

      Hello! There are some beautiful places in Virginia and Tennessee that remind me a lot of the North Georgia mountains. It’s awesome how the blue ridges of the Appalachian mountains are amazing to experience from Georgia all the way to Maine!

      I definitely love the chance to go out on the lake on a boat — it’s somehow both an exciting way to spend the day and an amazing way to relax too! 

  9. Nina says:

    I haven’t been to Georgia yet, but I imagine it’s a wonderful experience to spend a day on a boat on one of the beautiful lakes because nature and the environment are truly wonderful.
    This article is super useful because you have listed many providers of boat rentals on different lakes, I guess these are the larger lakes you mention? (Blue Ridge Lake, Lake Burton, Lake Chatuge?).
    Definitely a good idea for anyone who loves nature and lakes.
    Friendly greeting,

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Nina, Those are 3 of the biggest North Georgia lakes and each one makes a great choice for spending a day on the lake! 

  10. Mike says:

    Hello there! I think the only time I’ve ever been to Georgia was for a transition flight for a couple hours at the airport. That is pretty much my experience in Georgia. I knew there was more to it but I never really took the time to explore. This post has definitely done just that. I didn’t realize there were so many activities to do in this state. The fishing trips you suggested was one that definitely caught my eye. The boating activities definitely looks like a fun experience too. Thanks for creating this.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mike, I’m not surprised to hear that you have flown through Georgia! The Atlanta airport is not only a hub for Delta Air Lines but also the busiest passenger airport in the world. 

      The Georgia mountains are only about 90 miles from the Atlanta airport, so it’s an easy excursion for anyone who wants to get out of the city for fresher air and a day on a boat at a North Georgia lake. 🙂

  11. Mark says:

    Well looks like it’s time to hurry on to Georgia! Thanks for putting together this article that gives me great options to take the family for a nice day on the lake, I personally am looking forward to the jet skiing I have never had the chance to try it out, however with the options on this page it is a must to go!

    Again thank you for giving great options for a great time!


    • Alyce says:

      Hi Mark, Jet skiing is definitely a lot of fun and very easy to learn. The lakes are a wonderful place to take them out in the wide open spaces. 

  12. Gaurav Gaur says:

    Hi, Alyce.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on boat and watercraft rentals in Georgia Mountains. This place seems to be a heaven of lakes with a vast option to choose from. As you suggested, the larger lakes will be better to have multiple options to choose the rentals. With more options there is better competition by the service providers which is definitely good for us.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Gaurav, A little competition can definitely have advantages in terms of boat options available and costs! I hope you have a fantastic trip on one of the beautiful mountain lakes!!

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  14. Shimba says:

    Thank you for this very informative post. I was not very familiar with the Georgia mountains and I very much appreciate these details. I think from your review, Capt’n Joe’s lake adventure is a good place for spending a sunny day, tour of beautiful lake blue ridge and stripper fish. What is the cost for Capt’n Joe’s lake adventure fishing tour per month?

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Shimba, The Capt’n Joe’s fishing tour is available for half or full days and starts at $300. What a great way to relax on the water!

  15. Zach says:

    Great website, we just moved to Chattanooga been here just over a month and we were looking for somewhere to go and get away for a weekend and we definitely are going to check in on the places you have here on this site. we love going to lakes and fishing Lake Burton looks like a fun place. Is there any of these that we can camp out at? We love camping so that’s why I am asking. Do you have a favorite to recommend to us?  With your detailed descriptions,we will definitely be using your website to plan our weekend get-a-ways. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

    • Alyce says:

      Hi Zach, There are a lot of great campsites in the Georgia mountains, but if you’re also renting a boat, I’d recommend that you stay at a campsite that is near the lake where you’ll be boating. GA Mountain Campground is on Lake Chatuge in Hiawassee and is also close to a public beach area. 

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