Lake Norman is a North Carolina haven for watersports. It attracts people from all over the southeast who like to spend time on the water, be it for waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing, paddle boarding, canoeing or just kicking back and floating. If you want to try your hand at jet skis, here is your guide to Lake Norman jet ski rentals.
With more than 50 square miles of surface area and 520 miles of coastline, there is a lot to explore. Whether you like to rip around on a jet ski hitting all the waves and enjoying the occasional spill, or ride quietly enjoying the water’s serenity, you’ll love this mode of transportation on Lake Norman. Plan your fun getaway now, and book your stay!
North Carolina Requirements
To ensure you meet all the requirements here in North Carolina, here are a few guidelines you may encounter at rental venues:
- You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license to rent a jet ski.
- Up to a $500 security deposit may be required.
- You may be required to sign a boat/PWC renters agreement
- Anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, must have a valid Boater’s License to drive a jet ski. Learn more about the required online safety course.
Now the fun stuff! Here are a few places to find the best Lake Norman jet ski rentals.
Lake Norman CS Boat Rentals
Queens Landing, 1459 River Hwy, Mooresville NC
Open seven days a week, Lake Norman CS Boat Rentals is a convenient in-water launch rental service on the north end of the lake at Queens Landing. Walk-ins are welcome but since it is subject to availability, you may want to book online ahead of time. Rentals are available in two, four, and eight-hour increments. They have a 115 HP 4-stroke, with a maximum capacity of two people and a combined weight limit of 500 lbs. The minimum age requirement is 21. Gas is not included in the pricing.
Jet Ski Rentals at Lake Norman, LLC
Offering hourly, half-day, full-day, and weekly rates, Jet Ski Rentals requires an advanced reservation. Their jet skis are either Yamaha FX or Kawasaki STX160 which seat up to three people. The minimum age is 18 for jet skis.
What’s Up Watersports
Hours: 9am – 7pm daily
Location: 8400 Long Island Rd, Long Island Marina, Catawba NC
Phone: (704) 931-8787
What’s Up Watersports is located on the northwest part of Lake Norman, away from some of the congestion. Their jet skis are Seadoo GTX and GTI’s, which can reach a top speed of 55 mph. The minimum age of 18, and the minimum passenger age is 5 years old. The weight limit is 400 lbs for 2 people, with no switching of drivers or riders. Gas is not included in the rental price.
Lake Effect Boat Rentals
Hours: 9am – 6pm daily
Phone: (704) 360-5177
Location: Stutt’s Marina, 571 Stutts Rd, Mooresville NC
Lake Effect Boat Rentals has high-performance Yamaha Waverunners for daily or hourly rentals. Although they can seat 3 people, only 2 are allowed with a weight limit of 400 lbs. They will help with some instructions, and give you a full tank of gas when you leave; you pay for a fill-up when you return.
Your Stay at Davidson Village Inn
Davidson, North Carolina is lucky to be sitting on the shores of Lake Norman. If you love being on the water, this guide to Lake Norman jet ski rentals will help get you there! Fun in the sun on the water will bring you back year after year! The cool breeze attracts many visitors, especially in the warm summer months.
If you are planning a trip to the area this summer, be sure to check out this free Davidson Vacation Guide for even more ideas of fun things to do around Lake Norman. Summertime is busy, so make sure you book your room early!
Updated: June 2022