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Boat Rental


Lake Benson Boathouse 

975 Buffaloe Road
Garner, NC 27529

The Boathouse is open to the public as of June 12. Please review all policies and guidelines before visiting. Note that personal watercraft (e.g. boats, canoes, kayaks, standup paddleboards) are not allowed in the lake at any time

The Lake Benson boathouse is located just down the road from Lake Benson Park. Jon boats (with or without trolling motor and battery), canoes and kayaks are available to rent. There is no charge to fish from the dock. The boathouse is open weekends mid-March through late October. All rentals are on a first come basis. For more information call 919.662.5703.


   Friday  Saturday  Sunday
 March-June  12-7pm  7am-7pm  12-7pm
 July-August  Closed  7am-7pm  12-7pm
 September-October  12-7pm  7am-7pm  12-7pm



   With Trolling Motor and Battery  Without Trolling Motor and Battery
Jon Boat Hourly  $8  $4
Jon Boat Daily  $40  $20

Canoes/Kayaks $5 per hour.

*Cash payments only accepted at this facility.

Senior Citizens (55 and better) are charged half price for FULL DAY boat rentals. 

City of Raleigh Lake Use Policies and Regulations

  • A person must be at least 16 years of age in order to rent a boat.
  • There is a maximum of 3 people per boat.
  • Boats will not be rented after 5pm
  • All boats must be returned to the dock at or before 6:30pm.
  • Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Persons consuming alcohol of any type will be denied use of the lake and adjoining city property.
  • No swimming or wading is permitted anywhere on the lake.
  • The possession or use of firearms is strictly prohibited.
  • Launching of private watercraft is prohibited.
  • Boats are to be operated at all times in a manner that will not infringe upon the rights of other boaters, or endanger lives and property of others.
  • No dock fishing or boat rentals during inclement or threatening weather.
  • N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regulations apply while using this facility

For the safety of our patrons, we observe the weight limits posted by manufacturers. Please note these include passengers and any equipment (e.g. batteries).  Jon Boats: 370 lbs        Canoes: 600 lbs        Tandem Kayaks: 250 lbs per seat        Solo Kayaks: 250 lbs

Animals are not allowed in the water, boats, kayaks or canoes.

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