Midwest Living Review
Atwood Lake is one of the most popular sailing and pleasure-boating destinations in the region, and renting a pontoon boat is the perfect, stress-free way to explore the lake. Calm and relatively shallow, the lake seems made for pontoons, which are slow enough (max speed 12 mph) and easy enough to operate -- almost like boats with training wheels -- that novice boaters should feel confident taking a spin. Marina staff happily gives a quick boating lesson. Unless you have specific plans, a two-hour cruise is long enough to explore the lake and then spend time just drifting and relaxing. Atwood Lake Marina has two locations, east and west. Go to west (the main location) for a better selection of rentals and amenities. Pontoon boat rentals are available by the hour ($54), the day ($239) or longer blocks. Or rent fancier pontoons, a fishing boat, sport boat, kayak or water toys (tubs or skis). Sales and maintenance are available, too. On summer weekends, you can get onto the lake even without your own boat. The marina offers a 90-minute public cruise on the "Atwood Queen" at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Expect to pay $10 for adults (seniors and children get discounts).