Frequently asked questions:

What do I need to bring with me to my rental?

Please bring a valid driver's license and a major credit card. You must be 21 years old to rent. 

Renters under 25 years old MUST have a boat license. 

You can obtain your boaters license online using the link below.


Who can drive the boat?

Any member of your group can drive the boat as long as they meet the requirements above. Please note that the main renter assumes responsibility for any and all persons they allow to drive the boat.

Why do you need a physical credit card?

A security deposit is required to rent a boat. We require that the credit card be present in order to complete the deposit process.

What type of credit cards do you accept?

All major credit cards with a 3.5% processing fee.

Can I pay cash?

Yes!  A 10% credit card deposit is required to hold your reservation. 

If you pay cash on the day of your rental you will avoid the credit card processing fee.

Does the rental price include gas?

Fuel is not included.

Rentals depart with a full tank of fuel and when returned a dock staff will refill your fuel tank and the total will be charged to you.

I booked a rental and want to cancel. Can I get a refund?

Sometimes. Here is our cancellation policy:

2+ Weeks prior to the rental: Full Refund

1-2 Weeks prior to the rental: 50% Refund

Less than 1 week prior to the rental: No Refund; We do allow rescheduling of rentals in lieu of canceling.

Cancellations must be done by calling us at (518) 644-9941

What if it rains? Do I lose my deposit/payment then?

The weather can change very rapidly on the lake, and in the summer it is not unusual to see a couple quick showers before noon, morphing into a bright and clear day by the end of the day. However if there are unsuitable weather conditions in the forecast and you do not wish to take the rental out, we will reschedule to a date more agreeable for you or issue a certificate valid for 3 seasons. We do not offer a refund for early returns. Furthermore, as outlined in our Terms & Conditions, you are responsible for making sure you are piloting the craft responsibly, safely and maintaining awareness of severe weather.

How early should we arrive for our rental?

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Where can I park my car?

We have a parking lot adjacent to our facility, parking is $15.00/ day per vehicle.

How far ahead do I need to reserve a boat?

It is recommended to schedule your rental 1-3 weeks from your desired date. Holidays and weekends sell out.**

How do I reserve a boat?

Visit our boat rental tab to schedule your day of fun on Lake George.

By using our online ordering system, you can book your reservation as far in advance as you need. If it is within 30 days of the rental, we`ll collect the full amount at the time of reserving. If it is more than 30 days from the date of the rental, we require a 10% deposit. An email with your reservation details is sent to you with the rental agreement.

Are there any boating geographical limits?

No, rentals are permitted anywhere on Lake George, as long as you are following the rules and regulations laid out in our rental contract.

Do I need to bring a cooler?

Rental boats are not equipped with coolers, it is suggested that you bring your own to keep food and drinks cold. We do have ice for purchase, so you do not need to worry about bringing ice.

Can I fish off the boat?

Absolutely! Lake George is a great lake for fishing. 

A NYS fishing license is required to fish on Lake George. 

We do not provide fishing poles or tackle.

Can we bring alcohol on the boat?

Yes, but Towboat Lake George has a zero tolerance for driving under the influence. 

Remember to always be safe when navigating the waters of Lake George.

Are rentals permitted after sundown?

No. Rentals are permitted on the lake from sunrise to sunset. 

Daily rentals are due back at 4:30 PM.

Do I get a map of the lake?

Yes, a chart will be included in your rental.

Are life jackets included?

Yes, life jackets for all members of your party are provided at no additional cost. 

Children 12 years old and younger must wear their life jackets at all times while the boat is underway.

Do you allow dogs?

Yes, we are pet friendly! Dog breeds are not restricted, but please be sure Fido is friendly! 

Please note pets are not permitted on New York State owned islands.

How long is the orientation?

It will take approximately 10 minutes to process paperwork and 20 minutes to complete the instructions with the dock staff.

What does the orientation cover?

We will be going over all safety equipment aboard, proper running procedure, tips and tricks, etc.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

What if there is already damage to my rental?

Our dock staff will go over the entire boat with you and mark down any and all previous damage. 

We encourage you to take photos of any existing damage to avoid possible disputes.

I am back with my rental, what should I do?

Be sure to return on time! Once you arrive please float in the bay in front of our fueling station until a dock staff member is able to assist you into the dock. After your rental is complete be sure to pay check out with the rental office and pay for your fuel before departing. Ensure to clean out any debris or personal items when leaving to avoid losing belongings. A late fee and cleaning fee may apply.

I came back and the dock attendant noticed damage, now what happens?

We will refer to the documents you signed prior to departure. In the event that the damage is not pre-existing a certified mechanic will assess the damage and write up a detailed invoice for your records. All damage will accompany a labor rate of $125.00/hour in addition to any parts purchased.

We are open daily for walk-ins!

8:00AM - 4:30PM

Our latest departure for hourly rentals is 2:30PM 

Please note reservations are only for full day rentals or longer.

Our hourly boat rentals are rented on a first come, first serve basis.

We do not take same day reservations.