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Kentucky Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Kentucky Lake. If you need additional assistance, please contact us toll-free at 888-454-8825 or click here to submit a request for more guidance. Our friendly and knowledgeable Houseboat Rental Agents are always happy to help.

It’s always a good time to go houseboating! Summer (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) is the most popular and is the busiest season. However, fall offers Indian Summer days with cooler nights. View a month-by-month list of temperatures here: Average Temperatures.

The maximum capacity is a regulation set by the Coast Guard. The maximum capacity of any houseboat is the maximum allowed at all times.

58’ Lakeview Yacht: maximum 10 people

80’ Luxury Cruiser: maximum 14 people

The renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on any houseboats on Kentucky Lake.

There is no special licensing or prior experience required to operate these houseboat rentals; just a valid drivers' license. The marina staff will go over operations and regulations in an orientation upon your arrival.

The cost of a houseboat vacation is based on a few variables: what time of year you plan to visit, what size of houseboat, how long of a trip, etc. See our Pricing Page for more details

Generally, people reserve about 6-9 months in advance. But it's always a good idea to make a reservation as soon as you're ready, especially if you have specific dates in mind or if you're planning a trip over a holiday weekend or on a special promotion.

Give us a call at 888-454-8825. Our reservation agents are happy to check availability or confirm your vacation.

Alternatively, you may Contact Us Online with your availability request, and one of our agents will get back to you with the information you need.

To reserve:

  • A refundable damage deposit ($600 on the 58’ Lakeview Yacht, $1000 on the 80’ Luxury Cruiser)is due at the time of booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is above your total and is refundable at the end of your trip
  • The full rental cost is due upon your arrival, except Holidays which will be due 30 days prior


  • Up to 8 days prior to arrival: forfeit 25% deposit
  • 7 days or less: forfeit full deposit

Basics such as cookware and serve-ware (pots, plans, plates, glasses, utensils, etc.) come equipped on the houseboat. You are responsible for bringing all of your food, beverages, and spices down to salt and pepper.

Fuel is not included in the houseboat rental. Like a rental car, you'll pick up the houseboat full and you'll be responsible for the final refueling at the end of your trip to pay for what you've used.

Typically, we recommend that you budget about $100 per day for fuel. Of course, it may be more or less based on how much you drive the houseboat each day and how much you run the generator.

Linens are included on all houseboat rentals. This includes:

  • a fitted sheet
  • top sheet
  • blanket
  • pillow and case
  • bath towels, hand towels, wash towels and dish towels

You will need to provide your own beach towels.

You may pick up the 58’ Lakeview Yacht houseboat as early as 2pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 9am on your final day.

You may pick up the 80’ Luxury Cruiser houseboat as early as 4pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 11am on your final day.

Kentucky Dam Marina operates on a set schedule:

  • 3 night weekend: Friday-Monday
  • 4 night midweek: Monday-Friday
  • 7 night week: Monday-Monday or Friday-Friday

No, the houseboats are kept locked at the marina, so there is no way to board the houseboat after the marina office has closed.

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are going to be arriving late.

Kentucky Lake is located in southwest area of Kentucky. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Kentucky Lake area.

Kentucky Dam Marina
466 Marina Dr, Gilbertsville KY 42044
*The above address is for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to this address

There are grocery stores nearby in Gilbertsville, KY, about a 10 minute drive from the marina.

Each marina has a marina store stocked with limited convenience items and ice.

You will want to come fully prepared with all groceries as there are no grocery or restaurant opportunities along the lake.

Yes! There is fishing at Kentucky Lake!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Sauger and Stripers.

Known as the “Crappie Capital of the world,” two pound Crappie are an easy find in these waters.

A Kentucky state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Kentucky Lake. Be sure to purchase a license online before you arrive at the marina.

Seasickness is very uncommon on fresh water because the lake is mostly calm and houseboats are wider and more stable than smaller boats. However, if you get sick easily we recommend that you take necessary precautions.