Best Lake Tahoe Pontoon Boat Rentals

Planning a day on Lake Tahoe and considering a pontoon boat rental? You’re in the right place. In this guide, we provide direct and clear information that you need to know about Lake Tahoe pontoon boat rentals, including the selection of boats, the rental process, and must-visit spots. Navigate Lake Tahoe’s waters with confidence and create unforgettable memories.

Key Takeaways

  • Explore the hidden gems of Lake Tahoe from the comfort of a pontoon boat, gaining unparalleled access to secluded beaches and panoramic mountain views — perfect for small and medium sized groups!
  • Upgrade your boating experience with our luxurious double-decker pontoons featuring waterslides, amazing sound systems and plush seating, catering to everyone from thrill-seekers to those desiring a relaxing cruise with up to 13 friends or family.
  • Personalize your Lake Tahoe exploration with flexible rental durations, on-board water activities, and safety-equipped vessels, all while observing local navigation laws to ensure a safe and thrilling aquatic journey!

Discover the Splendor of Lake Tahoe on a Pontoon Boat

A panoramic view of Lake Tahoe from a pontoon boat

The Newest Fleet: Our lake Tahoe Pontoon Boat Rentals

Imagine gliding across the serene expanse of beautiful Lake Tahoe, cradled by the soaring peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The expansive vistas from aboard a pontoon boat invite you to soak in the breathtaking mountain scenery—a visual delight that will captivate your senses.  Lake Tahoe boat rentals are one of the best ways to experience this scenery, hands down. 

At Emerald Bay, an iconic spot on Lake Tahoe revered for:

  • Its pristine waters
  • Scenic beauty
  • Hidden sands and private nooks unseen from land
  • Fannette Island
  • The storied Vikingsholm estate
Scenic view of Sand Harbor Beach with crystal clear waters
Panoramic view of Bliss State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe
Breathtaking view of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe

emerald Bay – once in a lifetime experience

Your pontoon offers privileged access to these idyllic scenes, granting an unparalleled view of this cherished inlet.

The stability provided by a pontoon boat makes it ideal for those looking to capture lasting memories with their cameras or simply cherish sights undetectable from dry land. As you drift along, keep an eye out for wildlife sightings, cascading waterfalls, and other elusive natural treasures.

Close to South Lake Tahoe’s southern end is Ski Beach—pristine and well kept. It promises tranquility far removed from crowded spots and bustling streets. This haven is easily reachable via pontoons embarking from Tahoe Keys Marina and stands as a calming retreat amidst peak tourist times around South Shore at beautiful Lake Tahoe CA.

Chartering a pontoon vessel unlocks moments meant not just for remembrance but active enjoyment—an engaging day full of ease alongside kinship among companions or kith alike underlining why sailing through Lake’s wondrous landscape should be lived firsthand regardless if one is nautically seasoned or newly acquainted with boating ventures

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Embark on an unforgettable journey on Lake Tahoe with our brand-new, opulent double-decker pontoon boats. These top-tier vessels provide a first-class boating experience, melding opulence and relaxation out on the water. Each boat boasts sumptuous seating arrangements ideal for basking in the sunshine or simply reclining while you take in the stunning vistas that glide by. To Elevate your cruising pleasure, our pontoons are outfitted with state-of-the-art sound systems to soundtrack your voyage around the lake.

more excitement onboard

  • imagine launching yourself from the upper deck into Lake Tahoe’s invigorating waters
  • Our boats are designed with thrilling waterslides for added fun during your excursion.
  • And if you’re a fan of outdoor cooking, delight in using our pontoon boats’ built-in barbecues.

What could surpass savoring a meal hot off the grill amidst Lake Tahoe’s natural splendor?

Our fleet is well-equipped to welcome up to 13 guests per vessel and is perfect for accommodating large groups as well as smaller intimate outings—ideal whether it’s a family gathering, a party boat for your bachelor/bachelorette celebration or tranquil romantic getaway that brings you aboard one of our impeccable pontoon boats.

Crafting Your Tahoe Adventure

Turquoise waters and sandy shore of Hidden Beach at Lake Tahoe

Pontoon Boat Benefits

Experiencing Lake Tahoe from the comfort of a pontoon boat offers the unique opportunity to tailor an aquatic adventure for your entire crew. Our selection includes various types of pontoons, such as stable tritoons and festive party boats designed for group enjoyment, guaranteeing that every guest finds their perfect match.

Once you set sail:

  • Dive into Lake Tahoe’s pristine waters
  • We include the best water toys with all of our rentals at no additional cost, including a water slide for a cool splash!
  • Amp up excitement by using our floating water carpet “lily pad” or the included Stand Up Paddle Board aboard every charter.

The perfect Boat for South Lake Tahoe

Cruising aboard one of our pontoons towards tranquil destinations such as Ski Beach allows you to escape crowded areas dominated by jet skis.  Here you can immerse yourself in relaxation atop a paddle board amidst serene surroundings while basking under sunny skies—making indelible memories with family or friends.

Our fleet also caters superbly to special events. They serve as idyllic floating venues ideal for celebrating significant milestones like birthdays, pre-wedding festivities, or gathering with loved ones during summer vacations ensuring unforgettable experiences filled with fun and festivity. To make your trip truly memorable, consider choosing one of our party boats, book today! 

Safety and Navigation

Ensuring a safe and enjoyable boating experience on Lake Tahoe is our foremost concern, even as we prioritize fun on our party boat. We provide all the necessary safety gear with our pontoon boat rentals in line with US Coast Guard regulations to keep you protected.

Included among these provisions are:

  • A personal flotation device for each passenger
  • A fire extinguisher for emergency situations
  • A throwable flotation aid
  • Adequate navigation lighting
  • An auditory signaling device such as a horn or whistle
  • Appropriate anchor and associated equipment


Rules of the Road

When it comes to navigating South Lake Tahoe’s waters, certain rules must be adhered to.

  • Boats must maintain a wake-free speed within 600 feet of the shore.

Speed limits drop to 5 mph in specific zones like Emerald Bay.

  • To avoid underwater hazards marked by white buoys, vessels should navigate keeping these markers towards the shoreline.

Trip Planning

We encourage every boater planning an outing on Lake Tahoe to review weather conditions ahead of time. The lake can present sudden windy spells that may lead to dangerous scenarios if not properly prepared for.

Finally, any party intending to use one of Lake Tahoe’s launch points needs either proof of inspection for Aquatic Invasive Species or an unbroken seal indicating previous compliance checks – mandatory measures aimed at preserving the pristine condition and ecosystem integrity of this majestic lake. Inspection sites are located around the region where they’re readily accessible.

Panoramic view of Bliss State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe


Don’t just take it from us. Listen to the enthusiastic feedback from our delighted pontooners who have relished the thrills of renting our of our double decker party barge. They consistently rave about their fantastic experiences and convey how much joy and satisfaction they derived from their Lake Tahoe boat rental.


In summary, Lake Tahoe boat rentals are an exceptional and memorable journey. The picturesque allure of the lake combined with the opulent convenience of our double decker pontoon boat allows for a personalized escapade that’s truly priceless. Regardless if you’re from the area or just visiting, an experienced navigator or new to boating, prepare yourself for an adventure aboard these vessels that promises to forge enduring memories.  Jet ski rentals just don’t offer the same experience.  Due to logistics, we also don’t offer multi day rentals. 


We also no longer pick up at the north shore / North Lake Tahoe, we do not offer personal watercraft / jet ski rentals, and we have found that stand up paddle boards are easier to use than water skis / water skiing.  We also do not allow personal grills on our boats to avoid making a huge greasy mess.   


Do I need a boat license to rent a boat Lake Tahoe?

Yes, there is a phase in going on right now whereby the State of California requires people or a certain age, who are driving a boat on Lake Tahoe, to have a current Boaters Safety Card in their possession.  Don’t quote me on this, but I believe the current age requirement may be that anyone under the age of 60 is required to have their Boater’s Safety Card in their possession while operating a boat on Lake Tahoe. 

Breathtaking view of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe
People enjoying the sunny beach at Lake Tahoe

How much does it cost to rent a pontoon boat on Lake Tahoe?

Hiring a pontoon boat at Lake Tahoe may incur an hourly charge of approximately $250-$400.  This cost is subject to change based on the boat’s size and type, the length of rental time, and the inclusion of a captain for navigation.

Embarking on an adventure across Lake Tahoe in a rented pontoon provides an unforgettable journey!

What can I do when renting a pontoon boat on Lake Tahoe?

Embarking on a pontoon boat journey across Lake Tahoe affords you the opportunity to discover secluded beaches, partake in exciting water sports, and unwind amidst breathtaking panoramas.

Imagine experiencing all these wonders in a single excursion—truly an amazing prospect!

Panoramic view of Bliss State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe

Rent a boat from Battle Born Boat Rentals and enjoy the best view of Tahoe around – from the middle of the Lake! Our brand new double decker pontoon party boat rentals include seating for 13 guests, Bluetooth six speaker sound system, waterslide, bimini top, pop up changing room and more! All you need to do is arrive and have a great time out on the water.

2435 Venice Dr, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, SundayOpen 24 Hours
(530) 213-3373
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