Lake Whitney boat rentals are really not that complicated, but there are a few key points that are important regarding your rental choices.
- Where are you staying while at the lake? If you aren’t spending the night, what is your base of operations? This is important information to know before you make your rental choice. That’s because Lake Whitney is a BIG lake. In theory, you could choose a lodging facility that is at the far north end of the lake, and think that any boat rental company will work out for you. It might, as long as you don’t mind a bit of driving AND don’t have plans to take the boat on water all the way to the northern part of the lake, say to have lunch at your cabin or pick up the late sleepers. The goal should be to rent as close to your lodging or gathering spot as possible for the least hassle and the least amount of travel time either on the water or by land. The easiest choices is to stay at one of the full service resorts on the lake and trust their advice for the nearest boat rentals.
We also get calls from people who think that just because there is a dock in the cove near where they are staying they can use it for loading people on and off a rental boat. Other than public docks in the public parks, docks are private property and unless you have specific permission to use one, don’t do it. The point of this is that staying at a private rental house probably doesn’t include any kind of dock, so be prepared to rent from a company that offers a dock or public launch. That is the only place you should load or unload people and gear.
- What will you do on the boat? This is the number one question I ask people who want to know how much the fuel will cost. We have people who drive out to the middle of the lake and park the boat for fishing or swimming and then we have renters who drive at full speed the entire rental time frame. The fuel costs are very different for those two scenarios.
- Check the weather. It’s always best to have at least a general idea about the weather before you attempt to rent a boat. We never send our boats out in unsafe conditions, but cool temperatures or light precipitation without wind or lightening are still viable conditions. You will be responsible for your reserved time under those circumstances.
- Come prepared. It’s always best if you arrive for your boat rental with everything you need: fishing licenses and bait, sunscreen, towels, snacks, and plenty of drinks.