Fontana Lake offers a variety of boating excursions, from leisurely pontoon joyrides to scenic sunset cruises. While Bryson City is renowned for its hiking trails, it also provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Are you ready to discover a different side of Bryson City that can only be experienced on the water? Join us as we explore some of our favorite activities for fun in the sun!

Almond Boat Park Fontana Lake

Cruise on a Pontoon

Looking to play on the water or have a fun day of fishing on Fontana Lake? Almond Boat Park is the closest pontoon rental location to downtown Bryson City.  Pontoon rentals are offered for full day and half day excursions. Fishing licenses and bait are also available.

Or head to Prince Boat Deck, centrally located between Bryson City, North Carolina, and Fontana Dam. If you are looking for a Pontoon Boat Rental, look no further because Prince Boat Deck offers several pontoon options to cruise with your friends and family. Grab your loved ones and a cold drink, and set sail on the sparkling waters of Western North Carolina. Want to spend more time on the water? Stay in one of their floating cabins for a couple of nights, a week, or however long you would like your unique getaway to be. Please remember that houseboat rentals require a minimum stay of two nights or more. Don’t leave without securing a souvenir from the Dock store, where you will find gifts like T-shirts, sweatshirts, and more! The Dock store is open April through October and is where you can grab water and snacks for a midday pick me up and fuel for the rental boat.

prince Boat Dock

All Aboard Alarka Marina

Another fabulous Fontana Dam boat rental shop is the family-owned Alarka Marina. As one of the largest marinas on Fontana Lake, you can expect amazing customer care and a one-stop shop for everything you need. Get your rental boats, covered and uncovered boat slips, floating cabin mooring, gas, tubes, fuel, boating and fishing supplies, snacks, drinks, and anything else you might need to enjoy a day on the lake all in one place. Once you have rented your boat and have secured all of your snacks, it should be smooth sailing from here on out. It’s time for the fun part of you to enjoy incredible views and quality time with nature and your loved ones!

Alarka Marina

Take a Guided Boat Tour

Looking for more than just a boat rental, and more of a scenic cruise? Well, you are in luck! Lay back, relax, and set sail! Nothing beats not having to drive, dock, and do all the tiresome duties of when you rent. Hop aboard one of Fontana’s pontoon boats for a scenic cruise on Fontana Lake along the gorgeous Eagle and Hazel Creek waterways. You’ll get an up-close view of the trails, forests, and mountains near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and get to experience Bryson City from an entirely new point of view. Watch the sun fade on the mountains with a sunset cruise that will blow your mind. You’ll understand why visitors come back time and time again when you board one of these breathtaking cruises for the sunset and afternoon lake Cruises at the Fontana Village Resort & Marina. Make sure you check the seasonal cruise schedule and make reservations when you come for your next North Carolina mountain vacation.

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“Water” You Waiting For?

Whether you want to rent a boat or spend your time relaxing on a sunset cruise, Bryson City has it all! Escape into a North Carolina paradise, and experience Bryson City from a whole new perspective than you get on land. Views of trails, mountain peaks, wildlife, and more await you when you play on the water. What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip and make your boat reservations today!



Fontana Lake, the crown jewel of Bryson City, is your perfect under-the-radar destination for boating. Plan your perfect Fontana day and discover the beauty and serenity that only untouched wilderness can bring!