For information call (608) 204-4581 or

Due to high water levels all Pontoon Programs are cancelled through Monday, July 24.

Due to the Dane County Locks construction, at this time there are no Lake Mendota trips planned. 


map of boat pierCruise the lakes with MSCR!

Have you ever looked at the beautiful lakes in Madison and wanted to get out on the water? The MSCR Pontoon Boat Program was created just for you! MSCR offers drop-in boat rides, boat rentals and specialty trips and events. The Pontoon Program begins in May and continues on until late September. Contact us if you have questions on dates and availability. Trained volunteers drive the boats. Most trips begin at Tenney Boat Pier (1615 Sherman Avenue).

Boat Rentals

Reserve a boat(s) for your group-reunions, team parties, church groups-for a fun get-together on the water! Rent up to three boats for larger groups. Each boat can carry up to 15 passengers. Please complete a Pontoon Rental Form.

Drop-In Rides - June 5 - September 29

Enjoy a 60 or 90-minute ride around Madison's beautiful lakes! Drop-in hours are available for groups of five or less. All members of the group need to be present. Larger groups should use boat rental process described above. No reservations necessary. First come, first serve. Arrive 45 minutes prior to trip to sign in. $6 per person. Call 608-204-3000 for Updates

2017 Schedule:

  • Mondays at Olbrich Park, Canoe/Kayak Launch Site, 3323 Atwood Ave, Lake Monona Only - 1:30-2:30 pm and 2:45-3:35 pm
    (At the corner Lakeland Ave. and Atwood Ave., directly across Atwood Ave, from the entrance to Olbrich Botanical Gardens - see map below)
  • Tuesdays at Tenney Boat Pier - 5:30-7 pm  & 7:15-8:45 pm Lake Monona Only (In September 5:30 pm is the only trip)
  • Wednesday at Olin Park, Boat Launch Area, 1156 Olin Turville Ct, 1:30-2:30 pm & 2:45-3:45 pm.  
  • Thursdays at Tenney Boat Pier - 5:30-7pm & 7:15-8:45pm Lake Monona Only (In September 5:30 pm is the only trip)
  • Fridays at Tenney Boat Pier & UW Goodspeed Family Pier, 650 N Lake St - 1:30-2:30 pm & 2:45-3:45 pm, and
  • Sundays at Tenney Boat Pier - 1-2:30 pm and 2:45-4:15 pm

The MSCR Pontoon Program received a generous, anonymous $10,000 donation to support free Drop-In Rides for low-income families. If your family can't afford the Drop In Ride fee, please contact to request free tickets.

picture of olbrich map


Free Drop-In Rides Open House ($1 Suggestion Donation) 

May 20, June 17, July 15, August 20 & September 19, 1-2:30 pm and 3-4:30 pm - Popular and likely to fill. Arrive early.

Specialty Trips

MSCR has a wide variety of Specialty Trips for you to enjoy Madison's lakes! Here's an example of some offerings:

  • Lunch Trips
  • Dinner Trips
  • Geology Trip
  • Indian Nations Trip
  • Fireworks Trip
  • Moon Festival Trip
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Pirate or Princess Days

    See the MSCR Program Guide for listings.  Register Now

Volunteer Pontoon Boat Drivers and First Mates: MSCR Pontoons are driven and organized by a great group of dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please call (608) 204-3020 or e-mail:  Or go to Volunteer Application.  Volunteers must complete a boating safety class.