Yes! We sell night crawlers on the Gas Island/rental boat dock.
The best place to park is at the far north end of the hotel parking lot. From there, you can follow the path down to our building on the docks, behind the hotel. You may check out a cart from our staff to help get your boating supplies down to the rental boat dock.
Yes. The fee for Indiana residents is $7.00/vehicle, or $9.00/vehicle for out-of-state residents. Parking at Fourwinds is limited, so we ask that our renters bring as few vehicles as possible.
We are located at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina in the Fairfax State Recreation Area. From Bloomington, you can take Fairfax Road south all the way to the SRA gate.
The water depth depends on the time of year as rainfall varies periodically effecting the lake level. All shallow areas are well marked and as a general rule if you maintain a 100ft distance from all markers and shoreline you will always be in deep enough water to safely operate the boat. One of our dock attendants will go over this information with you at the time of the rental and explain the shallow water markers.
Most insurance providers will cover rental cars but not rental boats. You would need to contact your provider for specific details. We do offer a damage waiver you can purchase that will give you coverage on the rental boat if it is involved in an accident with another boat, where the renter is not at fault.
We do not have live bait but we do sell a selection of artificial bait at some of our ship stores.
A fishing license is required if you plan on fishing. Fishing licenses are purchased directly from the Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) online. We do not sell fishing licenses at any of our facilities so please purchase one online from the DNR before you arrive.
You can take the boat anywhere on the lake where boats are allowed, unless otherwise restricted by Paradise Rental Boats. A rental attendant will explain any restrictions or prohibited areas during the rental presentation. Also be aware that some of the larger boats may not fit under certain bridges depending on the lake level. Please check with the Department of Natural Resources (“DNR”) for current lake levels and bridge clearances.
Only our 32′ Mega Cruisers, 35′ Destination Yachts, and 40′ Island Voyagers have restrooms.