Most Virginia State Parks offer boat rentals for canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, Jon boats , various motorized boats or some mix of them all. The list below is sorted by region and the parks therein. Boat rental fees vary by park so contact the park for more details.
Hungry Mother State Park
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats are available for rent during the summer. Boat rentals for canoes, kayaks, paddleboats and electric powered Jonboats are available Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends through October, weather permitting.
New River Trail State Park
The park rents kayaks and canoes at the Foster Falls Boat and Bike Livery, 276-699-1034.
Bear Creek Lake State Park
Boat rentals are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Boat rentals are offered on weekends only during May and September. Parental supervision is required for all rentals, and pets are not allowed in rental boats. Rentals are sometimes cancelled during the shoulder season because of bad weather or staff shortages. Canoes, rowboats, trolling motors, paddleboats and kayaks are for rent.
Holliday Lake State Park
Rentals are available from the first weekend in April through last weekend in October, weather permitting. Guests should rent from the park office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests should rent boats at the boat house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Half and full-day rentals are available for rowboats, canoes, paddleboats and sit-on-top kayaks.
Pocahontas State Park
The park rents canoes, kayaks and rowboats from Memorial Day through Labor Day at Swift Creek Lake. Boats are not rented when the lake is frozen.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
Canoes, kayaks, hydrobikes, paddleboats, pontoon boats, ski boats and jet skis are available for rent at the park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The park concessionaire also rents boats offsite the rest of the year. Reservations are taken for those wishing to rent for more than six hours. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, call 540-297-3642 for information and reservations; call 540-721-1639 the rest of the year.
Twin Lakes State Park
Rowboats and canoes are available for rent year-round, and paddleboats are available for rent only during summer. Solo kayaks are rented May through September.
Belle Isle State Park
Guests may rent canoes, tandem kayaks and motorboats to explore the park's 7.5 miles of shoreline on the Rappahannock River, Deep and Mulberry Creeks, in addition to the seven varieties of wetlands and coastal agricultural fields.
Westmoreland State Park
Paddleboats and kayaks can be rented Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends from mid-April to Memorial Day and from Labor Day to Columbus Day weekend.
York River State Park
Guided canoe and kayak trips begin at the visitor center. Guests learn about salt-marsh ecology on the Taskinas Creek canoe trip and about the natural and cultural history of the York River on the kayak trip. Paddleboats, Jon boats, canoes and kayaks can be rented for use on the pond. The equipment can be rented for use on the creek and pond from April 1 through the Oct. 31.
Mason Neck State Park
From April through October, kayaks and canoes can be rented for an hour or all day to explore Belmont Bay or Kane's Creek. It's a great way to see eagles.
Douthat State Park
Boats can be rented from the first Saturday in April through the end of October. Canoes, kayaks, paddle-boats, hydro-bikes, and Jon boats with and without electric motors are available for rent during that time. When no one is at the boathouse, guests should go to the camp store for help.
Fairy Stone State Park
Rowboats, paddleboats, kayaks and canoes can be rented during summer. Boats may be rented on weekends, weather permitting, in April, May, September and October.
Occoneechee State Park
Pontoon and fishing boats, including safety equipment, can be rented at boat ramp #1 from Clarksville Marine Rentals Inc. It's open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Boats must be returned by 6 p.m. Thirty gallons of gas are included in the rental. Call 434-374-2525 or 434-374-2755 to make reservations.