Boating & Marinas

Boat Rentals

Boat Rentals are available at most of the marinas listed above.

Try the Carefree Boat Club at Lakeshore Marina on Watauga Lake with an alternative to renting. They offer shared boat ownership that enables you to have access to a boat without buying it. There’s an initiation fee plus a monthly fee that provides access to a boat when you need it.

Boating Courtesy and Safety

  • Safety Equipment: You should carry this safety equipment in your boat: a wearable and properly-sized personal floatation device for each rider; a whistle or horn, a fire extinguisher, a flat throwable flotation cushion, your boat rental agreement (if applicable) and your boat registration certificate. Children under 14 should always wear a personal floatation device.
  • No Wake Zones: Within 50 feet of shore, another boat, a swimmer, a dock, or a no-wake zone (indicated by no-wake buoys) you are required by law to operate your boat at your boat’s lowest possible navigable forward speed.
  • Other Rules and Regulations: Please review TWRA’s online boating information (including regulations) carefully before you boat at Watauga! You can get a copy at any marina.


1700 Sink Valley Rd, Butler, TN. 37640

Tilawa Marina is a medium sized Marina and RV/Camping destination. As the new owners, we are dedicated to providing a safe and secure boating experience for families, with our 48 Boat Slips for pontoon, sail and power boats and camping enjoyment at our RV/Camping spaces. This quiet and beautiful location is on the site of the oldest marina on the lake and is destined to be known for providing excellence of accommodations and charm for our clients.

Tilawa – Which means Land of Wind and Rain, Mountain and Water to us, is on beautiful quiet Tilawa Cove with boat slips well out of the lake traffic, and view oriented RV and camp sites, situated along the Northern lakeside, just east of the State Road 67 Butler Bridge on 1700 Sink Valley Road, in Butler, TN. (Formerly known as Pappy’s Marina). Visit us this summer and enjoy the water and views at our special place on the lake. It’s a little piece of heaven on the Tennessee, North Carolina border. We provide a family-oriented lake destination, recreation, and vacation hide-away.

947 Piercetown Rd, Butler, TN

Cove Ridge Marina on Watauga Lake. Beautiful waters is the meaning of Watauga in the Native American language. At Cove Ridge Marina, you can enjoy Watauga Lake’s beautiful waters as well as its spectacular surroundings. In business for more than 10 years, Cove Ridge is a private, family-friendly marina with top-notch storage options for your ski-boat, pontoon, sailboat, cabin-cruiser or jet-ski.. Add to this its pristine location in a quiet cove, and you’ll easily see why customers keep returning to Cove Ridge Marina.

105 Cowan Town Rd, Butler, Tennessee 37640

Pioneer Landing is the easternmost marina on Watauga Lake. It is a special place for many visitors to the lake and its property is the site of significant local Cherokee Indian history.

Although the site was originally used primarily for tent camping, over the years the Livorsis have cleared and developed the property to house campers who stay through the summer or visit on weekends April through October.

It would be hard not to use the word family when describing the atmosphere of today’s Pioneer Landing. Many campers have been spending their summers here for over a decade and the late spring-early summer time has the feel of a reunion.

Contact Dan or Deanna at 423-768-3164 or

2285 US-321, Hampton, TN 37658

Lakeshore Resort on beautiful Watauga Lake in Northeast Tennessee offers a full service marina, boat rentals, cabin rentals, motel units and the Captain’s Table restaurant – ALL of which offer breathtaking views of one of the country’s most scenic lakes.

Lakeshore Marina is a full-service facility easily accessible from US Highway 321.

Enjoy fishing in the clean waters of Watauga Lake, or treat yourself to a memorable picturesque ride in one of our rental ski or pontoon boats. We also offer complete mooring service, live bait, dry docking and licenses can be purchased on site.

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Banner Elk NC 28604
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