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How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Boat? What to expect to spend for your on-water adventure.

a man sitting on a boat in the water

Lake St Clair, with its breathtaking views and pristine waters, is a paradise for water enthusiasts. But what if you do not own a boat? Are you left to stand on shore and watch others enjoy boating? No, RAW Watersports offers affordable access to the water with a fleet of new boats and watercraft that you can rent for 3 hours, 6 hours or longer!

Whether you’re an angler looking for a great fishing spot, a thrill-seeker looking for some pulse-racing fun on a jet ski, or a family seeking a leisurely day on the water, renting a boat or personal watercraft is an ideal way to explore the region. RAW Watersports is Ontario’s top-rated boat rental company, offering affordable options for those seeking unforgettable watersports adventures. In this post, we’ll delve into the details of renting a boat from RAW Watersports, including costs, security deposits, fuel responsibilities, and more.

Affordable Options:

RAW Watersports caters to a wide range of budgets and preferences. We offer jetskis, fishing boats and pontoon boats, with rental prices starting at just $99 for a three-hour excursion on a fishing boat and $199 for a three-hour trip on a pontoon boat. With these affordable rates, RAW Watersports ensures that everyone can experience the joys of boating without breaking the bank.

Online Availability features convenient online booking of rental boats with real-time availability. With just a few clicks, you can now access a plethora of rental options, check availability in real-time, and secure your booking instantly. This streamlined approach saves you time and effort by eliminating the need for phone calls or in-person visits to the company.

Refundable Security Deposit:

When renting a boat from RAW Watersports, a refundable security deposit is required. The purpose of this deposit is to ensure that the boat is returned in good condition. While specific amounts vary depending on the type of boat and rental duration, (amount shown to you on checkout is not due until the day of your rental) RAW Watersports maintains a fair and transparent deposit policy. The deposit is typically refunded promptly upon the safe return of the boat, provided there is no damage. Renters are responsible for any damage they cause.

Fuel Responsibility:

RAW Watersports operates on a policy of fuel responsibility similar to car rentals, meaning that renters are responsible for the fuel they consume during their rental period. This policy ensures that each renter can use the boat to their desired extent without any limitations. Before setting off on your adventure, RAW Watersports will ensure that the boat is fully fueled. At the end of the rental, you will be required to refill the fuel tank or the staff will gladly do this for you and deduct the pump price from your security deposit. Unlike car rental companies we do not “up-charge” for this service. All that you will pay is the pump price that all boaters pay. RAW Watersports has boat fuel operations on site making refuelling fast and convenient. By adhering to this policy, RAW Watersports ensures a fair and transparent approach to fuel consumption. For 3 hour rentals below is a chart of what some of our boats average. Keep in mind you could use more fuel if you operate at higher speeds consistently while many will use less as they may choose to stop and “float” or anchor to swim and fish. The chart below is based on average uses over the last year.

3 hour rental fuel consumption guidea person riding on the back of a boat in the water

Fishing Boat $10 – $20

Small Pontoon Boat – $30 – $60

Large Pontoon Boat – $40 – $90

Sea Doo Switch Jet Boat – $70 – $150

Jet Ski  (1 hour rate) – $30 – $70





Free Temporary Boaters Licenses:

For individuals who do not possess a boating license, RAW Watersports provides a convenient solution. The company offers free temporary boaters licenses, allowing customers to legally operate a boat without the need for a the Pleasure Craft Operators Card which generally costs $50 and can be obtained here. This Transport Canada initiative is aimed at promoting access to the water for all so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of Canadian waterways responsibly. If you plan to go boating more often, we highly recommend obtaining your Ontario Boaters License here. The course takes roughly 3 hours online and the license never requires renewal and you will have learned some great skills that you will have forever.


Exploring the stunning waters of Lake St Clair is an experience not to be missed, and RAW Watersports makes it accessible to everyone with affordable boat rental options. So, why wait? Book your boat rental now and embark on an unforgettable adventure in Lakeshore, Ontario today!