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Houseboating - Frequently Asked Questions

How much gas and oil will the houseboat consume?

The engine consumption of gas may range from 6-8 gallons per hour, depending on size of houseboat, traveling speed, weight and weather conditions. The 2 cycle houseboat engine consumes 3 to 4 gallons of oil for each 200 gallons of gasoline used. The generator consumption of gas can range more or less 2 gallons per hour depending on the size of houseboat, plug ins, air conditioning and heater usage.

How difficult is driving a houseboat?

Driving a houseboat is different than driving a car, but is not that difficult. When you pick up your houseboat, the marina staff will give you an orientation and walk you through driving and maneuvering the houseboat. Most people get the hang of it within a few minutes.

How do I check availability or reserve a houseboat?

Give us a call at 888-454-8825, and one of our reservation agents will be happy to check availability for you. It's helpful if you already have an idea of when you want to go and what boat you're most interested in when you call, although we're happy to help you pick the right boat for your needs.

Alternatively, you can contact us online with your availability request, and one of our agents will get in touch with you with the information you need.

How early do I need to reserve?

Earlier is better. If you're planning a trip during a holiday weekend like Memorial Day, it's best to get a reservation six months  in advance. Mid-week trips or off-season dates are often available as little as a few weeks beforehand, and having a little flexibility in your schedule will help us find you a trip that suits your needs.

How much does a houseboat vacation cost?

The cost of the rental varies greatly based on the size of the boat and the popularity of the lake. Prices range from as low as $750 for a 3-day rental to high four figures for week-long luxury trips. When you consider that you're essentially renting a hotel room, rental car, and scenic tour all in one, however, the pricing makes a little more sense.

Check out our site-wide pricing charts for a quick summary of pricing on the lakes we cover.

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