- Ontario boat sales & storage
- Muskoka boat repairs and rentals
- Full service marinas at three Muskoka locations
- Marine accessories & equipment
- Huge selection of new & used boats
Woodland Marine Group offers three locations to serve you, Skeleton Lake Marina, Woodland Marine Service and Windermere Marina.
- Sales, service, parts, accessories, rentals and detailing
- Indoor/outdoor boat storage, winterizing and shrink-wrapping
- On-water service available at your cottage/boat house
- Pickup and delivery available
We Proudly Sell and Service:
- Larson Boats
- Starcraft Marine
- Mercury Marine
- ARGO Amphibious Vehicles
Our dedicated staff is committed to providing V.I.P. customer service to everyone we deal with. Whether you are in need of a major repair, parts, new or used boats, accessories, rentals and water taxi service. You can be assured that all of your recreational needs are met and expectations exceeded. We care!
Then And Now
Skeleton Lake Marina is now into its second half century of operation in the Muskoka region. Since 1957 when Jack Macpherson purchased and converted an old sawmill with boathouse into the marina this facility has had a sizable number of boat sales, performed a lot of boat repairs and pumped a huge volume of marine gas. Two other owners operated the Ontario marina before current owner Brian McComb purchased it and replaced the old structure in 2007 with the modern and sizeable boat and motor showroom, offices and retail facility now on the site. There were only a couple of boats with motors on the Muskoka lake 52 years ago and most gas sales in those days were to truckers. Skeleton Lake Road 3 did not even exist until some years later.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that in the late 1950s there were less than 250 cottages around Skeleton Lake, some of which were built in the 1920s and 1930s. Today there are approximately 500 cottages around the Muskoka lake and more are being constructed every year.
In 1968 David Ivey bought his first power boat from the Skeleton Lake marina. It was a 14' Chrysler, together with a 75 hp. Chrysler outboard motor and he recalls paying about $2400. all in ... since there was nothing like GST at the time. Direct comparisons with today's product offerings are nearly impossible, but it's fair to say that even a remotely similar boat and motor would likely cost about $12000. today ... and that’s before tax. The biggest difference, of course is in the cost of gas, which roughly 40 years ago was selling for less than $.50 per gallon.
We are resuming the Skeleton Lake Marina name at our property located on Skeleton Lake Road 3 just off Highway 141 West. Until now we’ve been operating this facility as the Woodland Marina. We chose that name when we purchased and re-built the marina site. We recognized that restoring the former name, which had been in use on this site for 50 years, demonstrates our commitment to maintaining a long tradition in serving our many friends and clients on Skeleton Lake and the surrounding Muskoka area.
Our logo for Skeleton Lake Marina has been revised to reflect the same style that is used both for our other Ontario marinas, the Windermere Marina and Woodland Marine, our dry land service, parts and storage facility. Each of these three units is a member of the Woodland Marine Group.
Relocating Our Parts and Services Counter
We’re committed to providing our Muskoka customers with a consistently high level of repair, maintenance, replacement parts and storage services for all boats and other marine products.
Jim Fanning's role within the Woodland Group was recently expanded. It now includes overall management responsibility of all activities with special emphasis on service, parts, and repair initiatives for our marinas on Skeleton Lake and Lake Rosseau as well as our dry land service and storage facility at Woodland Marine. With more than 35 years of marine engine and boat experience, Jim is well qualified to provide owners with guidance and reliable advice on all aspects of boating, repairs parts replacement and storage. Jim is an enthusiastic boater and is respected as a valuable resource by customers and peers in the Muskoka region. Jim will be relocating the service reception and parts ordering department to the group’s dry Woodland Marine site on Highway 141 West, just a short distance from the Skeleton Lake Marina where it has been situated. "The consolidated Woodland facility will allow us to better and more efficiently provide our customers with the expertise of Mercury, Evinrude, and Volvo trained and certified service technicians, a comprehensive parts inventory and a combination of covered and open storage facilities" says Jim.
New Gas Docks
We have re-positioned our fuel dock at Skeleton Lake, Ontario. The marina fuel dock will be located on the outside finger dock closest to the Skeleton Lake public boat launch area. Clients can easily tie up to the new dock to buy gas or visit our store even on the windiest day. We will also be building a kiosk for our helpful marine gas attendant at the end of our new gas dock. Payments can be made right at your boat, using our new wireless system. We will work very hard to maintain competitive fuel pricing. Please remember that store and gas charge accounts for families are available and we will remain open later on Fridays.
To improve your re-fuelling experience at Windermere Marina we have moved one of our gas pumps to the end of the first dock closest to Tobin’s. This will provide you with three fuel docks, allowing for easier and faster fill ups and will eliminate the usual congestions that happens directly in front of the Windermere Marina building on busy and windy summer days. Payment from your boat will be easy using either our new wireless system or customer charge accounts.
Fueling up your boat can be a hassle. The drive into town to fill jerry cans takes time out of your day on the water, and hoisting up the jerry cans to pour the gasoline into your boat can put extra strain on your back, tiring you out so you can't fully enjoy your boat. To avoid these problems in filling up your boat, bring it out to the on-water fuel pumps at one of our Muskoka Marinas. We have staff at the pumps to fill up your boat, taking all of the work out of it for you, giving you nothing but pleasure from your pleasure craft! Our staff are well trained, leading to fewer gasoline spills in the water, and proper clean ups if a spill does occur. By bringing your boat to the Woodland Marine fuel pumps you take all of the hassle of fueling your boat, and you help to ensure the safety of the environment by minimizing fuel spills. It's a win win scenario!
The Woodland Marine Group, a family of Ontario marinas located in the heart of Muskoka, is THE source for marine products, new boat sales, used boat sales, marine service, boat accessories, boat rentals and boat storage in Muskoka. With three convenient Muskoka marine locations to serve you, look to Woodland Marine Group for all your boating needs and step aboard some of the exciting new 2012 and 2013 models from boat manufacturers like Larson and Starcraft. You can check out the Larson and Starcraft line up at our Skeleton Lake location, a full service marina on the shores of Skeleton Lake. Just 15 minutes north of Bracebridge, on Highway 141, Skeleton Lake Marina's sales office and new boat and marine supply showroom are open all year long for your convenience. Skeleton Lake Marina, like our other "on the water" marina; Windermere on Lake Rosseau, also offers a wide selection of the newest and best boats for rent in Muskoka. Our watercraft rental fleet includes aluminum fishing boats, pontoon boats, luxury bowriders, water ski equipment, tubes and much more.
The Muskoka region is an incredibly popular vacation destination, not only for local cottagers, but for visiting tourists staying in rental cottages. Although there are many local attractions to enjoy, the best way to spend your holiday week or weekend in the Muskokas is out on the water in a rental boat or sea-doo. We offer watercraft rentals at all of our on the water marina locations across Muskoka. Boats available for rental include luxury boats, personal watercrafts, fishing boats and pontoon boats. If you are looking for a weekend boat rental, look no further than Woodland Marine.
The summer months are not the same without a boat to call your own. At Woodland Marine, we carry a large variety of new and used boats for sale, to cater to all of our clients. Boats can often be a pricey investment, so going for a used boat can be more economical for most people. All of our used boats for sale are certified by our in house licensed mechanics, and are guaranteed to bring your family hours of fun in the summer sun. So if you are looking for quality used boats for sale, look no further than Woodland Marine to meet your needs.
Windermere Marina, located at 2526 Windermere Road on Lake Rosseau, is a full service marina that is less than a minute's walk from Windermere House, a historic Muskoka hotel and landmark. Open May to October; this Muskoka marina on Lake Rosseau carries a wide range of new boats, used boats, and recreational products by quality manufacturers like Starcraft, Mercury Marine, Kavalk Boats, and ARGO Amphibious Vehicles. Windermere Marina also has a great selection of watercraft and boats for rent. We offer boat repairs, parts and service, seasonal dockage and water taxis. For your convenience, Windermere Marina also has a variety store, gift shop and Windy's Internet Cafe. Contact our Lake Rosseau marina to book individual water sport lessons with all equipment provided, available for waterskiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding.
Storing and winterizing your boat for the off season can be a hassle for boat owners. If winterization is not done correctly in the fall than the results can be disastrous on your boat. By letting professionals take care of the work, you avoid the headache and risks involved. You can rest easy knowing that your boat is in seasoned hands that know how to get the job done properly. We offer several different boat storage and winterization packages for our customers in order to meet all of their needs. All of our service technicians are fully licensed and have years of experience in marine service and maintenance.
Winterizing your boat properly is extremely important. When the temperature drops below the freezing point, any residual water that is left in your boat will freeze. The water then expands as it solidifies, and this causes an increase in pressure in the lines which can damage your boat. Every year, many people have to replace waterlines systems and bilge pumps because of improper winterization. When we provide winterization service, we ensure that all water it taken out of the boat's systems and that there will be no freezing in the lines causing damage.
When winter recedes and the warm weather rolls in, it comes time to take your boat out of marina storage. We know that your boat is your ticket to having a great summer season, and we strive to make sure that when you come to pick your boat up in the spring after its winter storage it will be ready to go. Our services like available heated boat storage and full boat cleaning help to ensure that when you come to grab your boat in the spring, it is in pristine condition and running perfectly. You depend on your boat to provide your family with a fun season, so you need dependable winter boat storage.
For our customers' convenience, Woodland Marine has two lakeside marine locations in Muskoka; our full service waterfront marina facilities on Lake Rosseau and on Skeleton Lake. At both of our on-water marinas we offer an extensive line up of marine products and services, including boat cleaning, storage, and new & used boat sales. In addition to Skeleton Lake Marina and Windermere Marina on Lake Rosseau, a third marina, Woodland Marina is located just off Hwy. 131. We strive to offer our clients top quality service, and complete customer satisfaction. With three different locations to serve you better, Woodland Marine is there to take care of all of your boating needs.
Because your boat sits in water, it can have hull osmosis water migration problems or galvanic attack of metal fittings.Your boat requires specialized mechanical service and maintenance that only a certified marine mechanic can provide. Servicing and repairing marine engines takes a different skill set than what is required to work on other types of motors and engines. By example, only marine engines have zincs for galvanic attack protection. When your boat needs service, it is important to trust it to a marina with licensed certified boat mechanics, who have had years of experience in building and repairing boats and motors. If your boat or motor is under warranty, it is important that you use a mechanic trained and certified for your brand.The last thing that you want to have happen when you are out boating is for your engine to break down, leaving you stranded. At Woodland Marine we have onsite licensed mechanics who will maintain your boat or fix any issue you may be having.