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Lake Vermilion - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Vermilion. 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.

Houseboating season is typically from mid-May through September. Summer (between Memorial Day and Labor Day) is the most popular and is the busiest season. View a month-by-month list of temperatures here: Average Temperatures


The maximum capacity on any houseboat is the number the houseboat sleeps at all times. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.


To rent from Pike Bay Marina, the renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers' license.


Pets are allowed on certain houseboat models for a non-refundable pet fee of $100+tax:


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 the 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 $300-1000 (depending on houseboat model) is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is above your rental cost, and is refundable at the end of your trip.
  • The full rental amount is due upon your arrival *Except the 55' Cruiser, 60' Cruiser and 60' Executive houseboats: full payment is due 60 days prior to your arrival

Cancellations:

  • Any monies paid is non-refundable
  • *Change Policy: if you'd rather change your reservation dates, your deposit would apply toward the new reservation dates.

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 included with the houseboat rental. Feel free to bring your own bed linens and bath towels.

*Linen packages available at the marina for $25 (includes a set of sheets, blanket, a pillow with case, 2 bath towels and 2 hand towels.)


You may pick up the houseboat as early as 3pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 9am on your final day.


Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than 6pm. The marina staff will expect your arrival so 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.


Yes, a small watercraft is required with all houseboat rentals as a safety precaution. You may rent a fishing boat from the marina for an extra cost or you are welcome to bring your own.

See our rental options: Watercraft Rentals


Lake Vermilion is located in northern Minnesota, a short 5 miles from the town of Tower, MN. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Vermilion area.

Pike Bay Marina
9482 Angus Rd, Tower MN 55790

*The above address is for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to this address


The nearest grocery stores are located in Virginia, MN about 20 miles away 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! Fishing is great at Lake Vermilion! There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Walleye, Crappie, Muskie, Northern Pike, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, among many others.

A Minnesota state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Lake Vermilion. 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.