Oconomowoc City Beach Watercraft rentals May weekend guide mom and child on paddleboard on lake

Oconomowoc City Beach Offers Watercraft Rentals!

Are you itching to hop on the lake and get some healthy exercise or just be one with nature or just see the beautiful lake scape and lake homes? …but you don’t own a kayak, canoe, paddle boat, or a paddleboard? The City of Oconomowoc will be starting their Oconomowoc City Beach water craft rentals again for summer 2023!

Oconomowoc City Beach Offers Watercraft Rentals!

Yes, it’s true! The City of Oconomowoc will be offering watercraft rentals to use on Lac La Belle at Oconomowoc City Beach on Saturday, May 27, 2023 through the summer (aka Labor Da weekend)! If you’ve been following Lake Country Family Fun for awhile now, you know that I LOVE to paddleboard with my kids. Lac La Belle is a beautiful lake – in fact, it’s my favorite of all the lakes of Lake Country

*City Beach restrooms are open already even though the beach is not technically open. 

The above image from Facebook was taken at Bender Beach on Lac La Belle in summer 2020.

See more fun from the past HERE.

Find all the details, guidelines, and rules HERE about renting watercrafts on Lac La Belle. 

Rentals are available {in summer} during normal Oconomowoc City Beach hours which is 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.- weather permitting.

The last rental will go out no later than 5:30 p.m. Rental times will be adjusted in bad weather and when there are events at the beach. Rentals are available when a boat launch attendant is on duty. Hours are subject to change due to weather. To rent, go to the lifeguard house by the boat launch.

Watercraft available are:
4 double kayaks
6 single kayak
4 canoes
3 paddleboats
14 standup paddleboards

Boat Rental Rules & Guidelines
• All rentals must remain on Lac La Belle.
• Must be 16 years old with valid Driver’s License to rent a watercraft.
• Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult in the boat.
• Rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
• There is no fishing or swimming allowed from the boat.
• Boaters must remain in boat seat at all times
• Animals are not permitted in the boats.
• Staff has the right to refuse a rental.
• Lifeguard supervision is not provided

Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available on an hourly basis based on the following fee structure:
1 hour rental $10.00 Resident / $15.00 Non-resident
4 hour rental $30.00 Resident / $45.00 Non-resident
8 hour rental $60.00 Resident / $90.00 Non-resident

Paddle board rentals are available on an hourly basis.
$ 15 / hour Resident
$ 20 / hour Non-Resident

Mark your calendar for FREE Fridays at City Beach!

Oconomowoc City Beach Guidelines and Things to Know

*Please note that City Beach will open to the public on Friday, May 26. Until then it is swim at your own risk.

Let’s stay Healthy and Hygienic:

– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

– Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your friend or family circle. 

– Please don’t visit the beach or playground if you are actively sick.

City Beach is located on the southern shore of Lac La Belle and is accessible from West Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Oconomowoc with limited on-site parking available. Bender Beach is located north on Highway 67 on the eastern shore of Lac La Belle. Street parking is available. The beaches are staffed with lifeguards when the beach is open, weather permitting. The beach may also be closed due to other events such as concerts, drills and trainings, etc. The beach is currently closed.

When the beach is open, please note the beach swim area will be restricted to the small section during swim lessons, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Beaches are generally open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend weather permitting.  

  • City Beach – Swimming Hours 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Bender Beach – Swimming Hours 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm 
  • ***There are reduced hours during the week (Monday through Friday) until public school ends (in early June 2023).

Beach admissions can be purchased at each location. Credit cards are not accepted. 

  • Daily Bands $ 3.00 each Resident / $ 6.00 Non-resident
  • Season Bands $25.00 each Resident / $50.00 Non-resident
  • *Children under six are free with a paid adult. Adult must be within arms-reach of child at all times.
  • *Residents are those who reside in the City and pay City of Oconomowoc taxes. Non-residents are individuals who reside outside the City of Oconomowoc; this includes the Town of Oconomowoc and the Village of Lac La Belle.

Beach Rules

  • Beach bands are required at all city beaches and can be purchased at the guard house. Beach bands must be worn on the sand and in the water.
  • Children 5 and under are not allowed in the water unless a parent or adult over the age of 16 is at arm’s-length away from them.
  • Only strong swimmers are allowed at the piers. Floatation devices must remain in the shallow section.
  • No swimming under the piers, hanging on the ropes, buoys, or ladders. Only one person on the ladder at a time. No climbing down the ladder.
  • Horseplay, such as running, splashing, pushing/shoving, or dunking, is not permitted.
  • No backwards jumps, back dives or flips off of the piers.
  • No throwing sand/rocks, swearing, or sitting/standing on another person’s shoulders.
  • Swimming in long pants is prohibited.
  • Glass, grills, bikes, and pets are not allowed in the park. Alcohol is prohibited on the beach, but allowed in the park. No food or drink in the water.
  • Fishing in or near the swimming or boat launch area is not allowed.
  • No feeding the waterfowl (per city ordinance).

Nonresident card
Nonresident cards purchased at the Community Center can be used to pay for Beach Fees ONLY. If someone presents a nonresident card for beach fees, they will be charged resident rates for the person whose name is on the card ONLY. Refer to a waterfront supervisor if questioned about a nonresident card.


Find 12 Lake Country Beaches in Waukesha County HERE.

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