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Lake Billy Chinook - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Billy Chinook. 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 on any houseboat is what the houseboat sleeps, no exceptions. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

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

Dogs are allowed for a $150 fee per pet, per trip (maximum 2 dogs)

*Cove or Palisades houseboats allow dogs weighing 20 lbs or less

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 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 deposit of ½ of the rental fee includeing tax is due at the time of booking by credit card over the phone
  • The remaining rental amount is due 45 days prior to your arrival
  • An additional $400 security deposit ($700 for the Cove and Palisades houseboats) is due upon your arrival, which is refundable at the end of your trip


  • More than 120 days notice: forfeit $750
  • Less than 120 days notice: non-refundable

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 not provided, you will need to bring your own bed linens as well as bath and swim towels.

The pick up and drop off times vary by what day of the week you begin, and the length of your trip.

For 3 day/3 night reservations:

  • Mon, Tues, or Wed arrivals:
    • Pick up as early as 12 noon on your first day, and it is not due back until 12 noon on your final day
  • Thurs, Fri, or Sat arrivals:
    • Pick up as early as 6pm on your first day, and it is not due back until 6pm on your final day

For 7 day/7 night reservations:

  • Mon, Tues, or Wed arrivals:
    • Pick up as early as noon on your first day, and it’s not due back until 6pm on your final day
  • Thurs, Fri, or Sat arrivals:
    • Pick up as early as 6pm on your first day, and it’s not due back until 10am on your final day

Please make arrangements with the marina directly if you will not be able to check in at your appointed time.

You can load the houseboat and sleep on it that night in the marina, then go through the check in and orientation process the next morning before you go out on the water.

Lake Billy Chinook is located about an hour north of Bend, OR. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Billy Chinook area.

Cove Palisades Resort & Marina
5700 SW Marina Dr, Culver OR 97734

Lake Billy Chinook Marina is 12 “lake miles” from Cove Palisades State Park, within the Three Rivers Gated Community

3 Rivers Gate Address
12468 SW Graham Rd, Culver OR 97735

Lake Billy Chinook Houseboats Marina
12334 Southwest Lakeview Dr, Culver OR 97734

*The above addresses are for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to these addresses

There are a few grocery stores located in Redmond or Madras, OR, each about a 20 minute drive from the marina.

The 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 Lake Billy Chinook!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Bull Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Small and Largemouth Bass, as well as Brown and Rainbow Trout.

An Oregon state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Lake Billy Chinook. Be sure to purchase a license online ahead of time, or you may purchase one 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.