Where to Rent Pontoon Boats, Sailboats, & Kayaks Around WNY

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Written by Samantha Janik

Published on July 23, 2018

Photo courtesy of Collins Marine

Updated June 2019

Here in Buffalo, we’re lucky to be surrounded by two Great Lakes and tons of finger lakes, which means pretty much guarantees that you’ll see an Insta story of someone on a boat every. single. weekend. The FOMO is real.

Don’t have a boat? You may be thinking you’re outta luck. Thankfully it’s just not true – there are plenty of places to rent all kinds of boats to satisfy your need for speed doing absolutely nothing but lounging in the hot sun with the ability to jump in the water whenever you please. Here are your boat rental options around WNY:

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Pontoon Boats

Collins Marine

4444 River Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150

What They Offer: Enjoy a day of fishing or relaxing on the beautiful Niagara River courtesy of Collins Marine. You can rent either a 24′ 60HP pontoon or 24′ 115HP pontoon. Prices range from $295 for five hours all the way up to $1,700 for an entire week. Their handy dandy chart makes it easy to select the perfect option for your outing.


Safe Harbor Marinas

1111 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY 14203

What They Offer: Safe Harbor Marinas offer rentals for a 30’ single level pontoon. Pricing depends on the day and duration:

  • Monday through Friday
    • $300 for four hours
    • $400 for eight hours
  • Saturday and Sunday
    • $425 for eight hours

Rental prices do not include tax and fuel fees. Each pontoon comes fully equipped with safety gear so you and your friends are hit the water and stay safe at the same time.


Waterbike and Boat Adventures

11 Young St. Tonawanda, NY 14150 / (716) 316-3905

What They Offer: Located in Gateway Harbor in Tonawanda, Waterbike and Boat Adventures provides rental of a 26 ft. Electric Pontoon Boat – $55. / hr.  2 hrs. minimum and 3 hrs. maximum.  Seats 12 adults

No refueling fees! Life jackets provided for all. Tax included in all above price.





Buffalo Cycleboats

301 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 14204

What They Offer: So this isn’t technically a pontoon but you can sail and get drunk so we obviously had to include it on this list. You can book by the seat ($40 per person) or boat the whole boat, which holds 15 people and costs $37.50 per person. This adventure is BYOB for beer and wine so head to your nearest Consumer Beverage and pick up some beer (in cans) or wine (bring plastic cups).


Chautauqua Marina

104 West Lake Road, Mayville, NY 14757

What they offer: These guys are located on Chautauqua Lake and offer a huge variety of rentals including power boats, pontoons, fishing boats, pedal boats, and kayaks. They rent power and pontoon boats by the hour, and the others by the day and are relatively affordable., plus you can rent skis and tubes here too. Into it.





Mark’s Leisure Time Marine

5364 E Lake Rd, Conesus, New York 14435

Looking to head out on a smaller lake for the day? This Conesus Lake Boat Rental has a few different sized pontoon boats available for daily rental as well as a 20′ Fiberglass Bow Rider Bayliner, and kayaks.



Seven Seas Sailing

284 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14203

What They Offer: In order to rent a boat from Seven Seas Sailing, you must complete one of their sailing courses. Once completed, there are several options to choose from, which really allow you to get the most out of your completed course and make the summer your own:

  • One (1) four-hour rental – $80
  • Four (4) half-day rentals – $240
  • Unlimited seasonal rental – $650

Make Sail Time

284 Fuhrmann Blvd., (RCR Yachts Boat Dock 49) Buffalo, NY 14203

What They Offer: Make Sail offers private charters with licensed captains and owners Rich and Mary Bennett. They offer a standard informational tour or a personalized sailing experience with no experience required. Call or email to book: 716-866-1964  /

Daily Sail:

  • Up to 2 Hours – $45 per person
  • Up to 3 Hours – $60 per person
  • Up to 4 Hours – $75 per person

Private Sail:

  • Up to 2 Hours – $250 per group
  • Up to 3 Hours – $350 per group
  • Up to 4 Hours – $450 per group


Youngstown Yacht Club

491 Water St, Youngstown, NY 14174

What they offer: They have 2 sailing options available for non-members of the YYC

Intro to Sailing – You will be taken out by a professional captain for a two hour sail. Ideal for someone who is interested in learning to sail but doesn’t know where to start. General public – $40 per person

Three hour charters – This is designed for anybody who would like to enjoy three hours of sailing out of the Youngstown Yacht Club with a professional captain. Each charter can accommodate up to 6 people. Great for a sunset cruise in Youngstown! General public – $250 per charter



Silo City Paddling Co.

105 Silo City Row, Buffalo, NY 14203

What They Offer: Head to Silo City for an incredible water adventure. Prices vary based on how long you plan on renting a single or tandem kayak. You can rent one for an hour ($20 single; $25 tandem) and then for every additional half hour, you’ll be charge $5. Or you can rent either for an entire day – $55 for a single kayak and $65 for a tandem.




BFLO Harbor Kayak

1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, New York 14202

What They Offer: BLFO Harbor Kayak is all about options. Choose from a single kayak, a tandem or a stand-up paddle board. Depending on which one you choose and the duration of your excursion, be prepared to spend between $20 – $75. You can also book a guided tour here.


Elevator Alley Kayak

65 Vandalia St., Buffalo, NY 14204

What They Offer: Head to the Mutual Riverfront Park at the Corner of South and Hamburg St. where either your single kayak ($25 for 2 hours) or tandem ($45 for 2 hours) will be waiting for you. If guided tours are your thing, Elevator Alley Kayak’s staff is ready to teach you about the historic Buffalo River.


Buffalo Riverworks

359 Ganson Street, Buffalo, NY

What They Offer: Riverworks has a fleet of single and tandem kayaks and paddleboards for rent (Independent Health members receive a discount). Pro tip: The Riverworks launch docks are part of the new Buffalo Blueway system and are free for any paddler to use whether you rent or bring your own kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Don’t forget there is a drive up boat drop off if you bring your own.


Waterbike and Boat Adventures

11 Young St. Tonawanda, NY 14150 / (716) 316-3905

What They Offer: Located in Gateway Harbor in Tonawanda, Waterbike and Boat Adventures provides rental of:

  • Kayaks –  $12. / hr. Can not reserve but seldom a long wait.
  • Double Kayaks – $18./hr. Can not reserve but seldom a long wait.

No refueling fees! Life jackets provided for all. Tax included in all above prices.


Blue Water Marina

330 East River Rd, Grand Island, NY 14072 / (716) 773-7884

What They Offer: Located on Grand Island, they offer individual or tandom sit-in or sit-on kayaks and stand up paddle boards for a minimum of 2 hour rentals.  Explore on your own the beauty of the Upper Niagara River.

  • Single kayak for 2 hours – $25
  • Tandem kayak for 2 hours  -$40

Longboards Paddle Co.


  • Hamburg Town Beach – 4420 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg, NY 14075
  • Woodlawn Beach and State Park – S-3580 Lakeshore Road Blasdell, NY 14219
  • Wilkeson Point on the Outer Harbor – 225 Fuhrmann Blvd, Buffalo, NY  14203
  • Buffalo River Launch (By reservation) – 301 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY 
  • Lake Erie Seaway Trail – 4968 Lake Shore Rd, Hamburg NY 14075
(716) 998- 0949

This company is posted up at several different locations from Hamburg to the Outer Harbor. Plus they have tons of rental options like single and tandem Kayak rentals, Stand Up Paddleboard Rentals, Hydro-bikes – single and tandem, and Turbo Paddle Boats for kids.

Single Kayaks- $20/hr. $35/3hrs. $55/all day

Tandem Kayaks- $25/hr. $45/3hrs. $65/all day

Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) – $20/hr. $38/3hrs. $60/all day

Hydro-bikes Single $18/hr.  / Tandem $36/hr.

Turbo Paddle Boats for the kids $6/20minutes  $12/hr

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Written by Samantha Janik

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