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Renting a Boat on Lake Martin

When it comes to hitting the water, there are countless ways to spend your day on Lake Martin.  But what if you don’t have access to a boat?  Bringing your own watercraft is not always an option, so here is a list of hassle-free places to rent one on the lake!

Russell Marine

(256) 257 – 8635
Four Locations, Listed Below


Russell Marine has four marinas located on Lake Martin, making it a convenient choice no matter where you are staying on the lake. They offer both pontoons and deck boats, both of which are serviced by their professional marine service technicians so you can always hit the water in your rental with confidence!

You can also boost your rental with a variety of add-on accessories including: riding tubes with rope, wakeboards, combo skis, kayaks, paddleboards, wake surfboards, and ZUP boards.

The Ridge Marina

(256) 397 – 1300
Alexander City, AL

River North Marina

(256) 397 – 1500
Alexander City, AL

Kowaliga Marina

256-397-1210
Alexander City, AL

Real Island Marina

(256) 397 – 1200
Equality, AL

Wind Creek State Park – Marina and Boat Rentals

(256) 329 – 0845
Alexander City, AL

Whether you are looking to get some fishing in or just enjoy a day on the lake with the family, the Wind Creek State Park Marina has you covered. They offer a variety of vessels to fit your needs, including Flat Bottom Jon boats, Bass boats, small pontoons, and large party pontoons with many of the vessel options being pet friendly.

All rentals come complete with life jackets, a throw, and paddles as needed so you can just hop on in and enjoy the fun! 

Rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis so be sure to get to the marina early and secure your boat for the day.  Live bait, tackle, game and fishing licenses, floats, and various other supplies are all available for purchase at the marina store. 

You can also find paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes for rent at the park.  These items are located at the Creem at the Creek outdoor restaurant.

Lakeside Marina

(256) 825-9286
Two Locations, Listed Below

Lakeside Marina has a full fleet of boats ready to go!  Located in the Dadeville and Jackson’s Gap area of Lake Martin, they offer a large selection of ski boats and Bennington pontoons, all of which come ready with life vests and a full tank of gas. 

They are also flexible to your renting needs.  Lakeside Marina offers rental periods ranging from 4 hours to an entire week, so you never have to worry about limiting your time on the water.

And if you are looking to add some additional water toys to your day, Lakeside Marina also offers kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, knee and wakeboards, and skis for an additional $50 per day.

Lakeside Marina

(256) 825 – 9286
Dadeville, AL

Lakeside Marina at Bay Pines

(256) 825 – 0999
Jacksons’ Gap, AL

Harbor Pointe Marina

(256) 825 – 0600
Dadeville, AL

Located inside the Stillwaters Resort, Harbor Pointe Marina is ready to assist you with your pontoon rental needs!  They pride themselves on offering clean, fuel-efficient pontoons that are maintained by their professional marine service technicians.  They also offer the option to rent tubes to take on the boat, a sure way to add fun to your day!

Anchor Bay Marina

(334) 857 – 2654
Eclectic, AL

If you are looking to make a stop at Chimney Rock or Goat Island, Anchor Bay Marina may be the choice for you!  Located on Castaway Island Rd, Anchor Bay can fulfill your pontoon needs. You can also add to your fun with enhancers like paddleboards, kayaks, tubes, and skis – offering an activity fit for everyone in your crew!

Smith Marina on Lake Martin

(256) 444 – 8793
Alexander City, AL

Looking to boost your weekend with a boat rental?  Smith Marina might be just what you are looking for!  Located near Willow Point Golf and Country Club, their operating hours are 11 AM – 6 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  While you are in there, you can also catch a cool treat at “Shipwreck Sam’s Ice Cream & Yogurt,” located inside the marina.

Life at the Max

(334) 538 – 7437
Dadeville, AL

Located at the Maxwell-Gunter Recreational Area, Life at the Max offers US military service members and veterans of all branches access to a large variety of watercraft rentals.  With the option to rent by the hour or for a full day, military personnel have the choice of a pontoon, bass boat, canoe, water tricycle, paddleboard, kayak, or jet ski.

GetMyBoat.com

This site is basically the Airbnb of boats!  Getmyboat.com is an easy way to rent a watercraft from locals on Lake Martin.  There are a variety of vessels to choose from, including open bow powerboats, surf boats, jet skis, and pontoons.  One even comes with a waterslide!

Lake Martin Tours

This one isn’t really a boat rental.  Well, I guess it is.  You are renting a boat with a captain to chauffeur you around.  This option is for those who just want to sit back, soak up the sun rays, and check out the sights of Lake Martin without a care in the world.  I have also heard of people going out on a tour with Captain Art the day prior to renting their own boat just to get the lay of the land-or should I say-water.  It’s a BIG lake! 

Kayak and Canoe Rentals

Off the Beaten Path Kayak and Canoe Rentals

If your idea of getting out on the water is more slow paced, you may be interested in a kayak or canoe rental.  Kayaking and canoeing on Lake Martin is a great experience, and Off the Beaten Path will deliver kayaks and canoes wherever you are staying or wanting to depart from.  

Adventure Center at Russell Crossroads

Another great place to rent kayaks and canoes is the Adventure Center at Russell Crossroads.  They also offer paddleboard rentals and paddleboat rentals. 

Alabama Boating Rules and Regulations
Before you hit the water, it is important to know the Alabama laws about boating.  In the state of Alabama, all boat operators must be at least 12 years of age and have a vessel license to operate a vessel or personal watercraft, and at least 14 years old to operate a vessel alone. A non-resident of Alabama is allowed to operate a vessel for 45 calendar days without a boating license.  Afterwards, non-residents are allowed to use their certification or license acquired from another state.

In addition, all boats must have US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device for each person on board. You can read more about Alabama Boating Rules and Regulations here: ALEA.gov Boating Regulations

Or check out this great, informative blog with rules and tips simplified: Boating Safety 101: Tips for a Safe Day of Boating on Lake Martin

Each rental location may have their own policies regarding age and license requirements for renting a vessel, so be sure to confirm the details ahead of time when making your reservation!


With all these easily accessible rental options, you will be hitting the water in no time.  See you on the lake!

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