Wingra Boats
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Up-North Beauty in downtown Madison. Surrounded by nature this quiet lake is a mecca for paddling and the perfect place for the whole family to SUP, kayak, canoe, row, or paddle boat. Fish, paddle and play! Wingra Lake is a motor-free lake that is surrounded by the UW Arboretum. Wingra Boats makes getting out on the water with friends, family or by yourself easy and fun.
Madison, Wisconsin

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Ed R
1 contribution
Jun 2021
We love Wingra Boats, the last time we went our 8 year old got his own kayak and made so many memories. He paddled, with our help he swam, our 5 year old jumped in as well. Checking in, checking out is absolutely a lake breeze.
Written July 4, 2021
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karen
1 contribution
Jun 2020
Very organized to operate a business during the pandemic. Check in is set up with social distancing in mind, the online reservation asks people to confirm they will wear masks and only share boats with members of the same household. Everything is sanitized including the pens you sign in with. Staff are provided face shields. Very responsible.
Written June 5, 2020
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Lynn Hilgers
1 contribution
May 2020
We love Wingra Boats and have had a season membership for several years. The staff is helpful, fun and polite. This year they have put a lot of thought and effort into keeping their customers and staff safe during this period of Covid-19. With online booking, stations set up for social distancing, and cleaning protocols for all the equipment, I felt much safer getting out on the lake than I do grocery shopping!
Written May 12, 2020
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Maia B
Madison, WI1 contribution
May 2020
We have used Wingra Boats for years, and this is our second season as members. I was a little nervous about how the experience would be given COVID-19 concerns and precautions. They have done an excellent job of modifying the rental process to be as safe as possible. We booked online easily, there is a socially distanced cue, and staff were helpful in keeping it moving while keeping everyone at a distance from each other. There was a hand-washing station, life preservers and paddles are sanitized in between uses, and the staff wore masks and face shields. I'm looking forward to doing it again!
Written May 18, 2020
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HeatherPaddles
1 contribution
May 2020
Wingra Boats has a number of smart safety procedures. When I visited on Memorial Day weekend, the staff and customers were all wearing masks, washing hands, keeping a safe distance and being very respectful of others. All the equipment was sanitized between uses. I was impressed!

Once on the water it was so easy to drift off into the natural beauty of Lake Wingra. I know that renting from Wingra Boats is going to help me stay happy and active this summer.
Written May 26, 2020
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Betsy K
6 contributions
Aug 2021
Super easy to book online, show up and go. Helpful staff and good equipment. Love Lake Wingra with no motors! Where else can you hear Sandhill cranes and lions at the zoo?
Written August 26, 2021
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HOH
2 contributions
May 2020 • Family
Have been renting here for years. The setup is well thought out, all rental reservation is online and upon arrival there are station to wait at and plenty of opportunities to wash hands, etc. All staff is wearing shields. I only wish all patrons were considerate enough to wear masks to protect staff and other people around them. Unfortunately not everyone feels this way!! Still great experience at beautiful Lake Wingra.
Written May 17, 2020
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Mike W
2 contributions
May 2020
I've been a member for 7 years. I love Wingra Boats - from the wonderful kayaks, SUPs, peddle boats and canoes to the fabulous staff to the beautiful lake and surrounding park - Wingra Boats is where I spend most of my summer. The staff have done a phenomenal job regarding social distancing measures as well.
Written May 22, 2020
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Trina
1 contribution
May 2020 • Friends
I’ve rented paddle boards and kayaks so far this season at Wingra Boats. I’ve found their modified check in & reservation process due to COVID to be very thorough. You have to reserve your boat and pay online to minimize close contact. They have set up stations to wait in line 6 feet apart while you wait to get on the water. There are hand washing stations and they sanitize the boats and paddles between every wash. They ask that you wear a mask before you get on the water. So happy that Wingra boars has been able to stay open this summer!!!!
Written May 18, 2020
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Olivia937
Dayton, Ohio, United States5 contributions
May 2020
Wingra Boats operates with the utmost professionalism. They've really thought through how to make the whole process safe even during the pandemic. Just order online, show up, and follow the signs to get on the water and have a blast.
Written May 18, 2020
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