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Shasta Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Shasta 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 unless otherwise specified.

Houseboats from Jones Valley Marina:

  • Corinthian: maximum 14 people
  • Escapade and Odyssey: maximum 19 people
  • Voyager: maximum 22 people
  • Royal Star: maximum 16 people
  • Titan: maximum 26 people

Houseboats from Silverthorn Marina:

  • Executive: maximum 10 people
  • Presidential, Senator, and Queen II: maximum 16 people
  • Queen and Queen I: maximum 20 people

Houseboats from Bridge Bay Marina:

  • Grand Sierra EX and Grand Sierra: maximum of 16 people while in motion
  • Summit: maximum of 12 people while in motion
  • Cascade: maximum 8 people while in motion

To rent from Jones Valley Marina, the Captain/Renter and Co-Captain must be at least 25 years of age with a valid drivers’ license. – may, 23, (except titan)

To rent from Silverthorn Marina, the Captain/Renter and Co-Captain must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

To rent from Bridge Bay Marina, the Captain/Renter and Co-Captain must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.


For houseboats from Jones Valley Marina:

  • Allowed for no additional fee, except
  • NOT allowed on Corinthian and Titan

For houseboats from Silverthorn Marina:

  • One pet allowed for no additional fee.
  • More than one pet will be a $35 non-refundable pet fee

For houseboats from Bridge Bay Marina:

  • Allowed for no additional fee

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.


For houseboats from the Jones Valley Marina

To reserve:

  • A down payment of $700 ($1000 for the Titan) is due at the time of booking. A security deposit fo the same amount is due on arrival (excluding 3 / 4 night trips in May). This amount is above your total and is refundable at the end of your trip.
  • Your full rental cost is due 75 days prior to your arrival

*For weekend trips taking place during the month of May, an additional CASH deposit (no credit cards or checks) of $3000 ($5000 for the Titan) will be due upon arrival for your houseboat vacation.

Cancellations:

  • Up to 75 days prior to arrival: forfeit half of the deposit
  • 75-46 days notice: forfeit full deposit
  • Less than 45 days notice: forfeit full rental fee.

For Houseboats from the Silverthorn Resort

To reserve:

  • A down payment of $500 for the Executive, Senator and Presidential, and $1000 for the Queen, Queen I and Queen II is due at the time of booking. A security deposit fo the same amount is due on arrival (excluding 3 / 4 night trips in May). This amount is above your total and is refundable at the end of your trip.
  • Your full rental cost is due 75 days prior to your arrival

**May Weekends have Cash deposit due upon arrival ($3000 Executive, Senator, Presidential and $5000 Queen, Queen I, Queen II)      

Cancellations:

  • Up to 75 days prior to arrival: forfeit half of the deposit
  • 75-46 days notice: forfeit full deposit
  • Less than 45 days notice: forfeit full rental fee.

 

For houseboats from the Bridge Bay Marina

To reserve:

  • A $300 down payment is required at the time of booking by credit card over the phone. This amount applies toward your total.
  • Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. A $500 refundable deposit is due on arrival (see May weekend exceptions below).

Shasta Lake May Weekend Pricing Notes: *Damage Deposit increases to $1000 for all trips taking place over May weekends on Shasta Lake. If your weekend trip overlaps during the week the holiday rate will apply.

Cancellations:

  • Up to 45 days prior to arrival: forfeit $50
  • Less than 45 days notice: forfeit full rental fee

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 linens, 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 on any houseboats at Shasta Lake. You will need to provide your own bed linens as well as bath and swim towels.

Linen packages may be available from Jones Valley marina for an additional cost. Call for details.


For houseboats departing from Jones Valley Marina:

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

For houseboats departing from Silverthorn Marina:

  • You may pick up the houseboat as early as 3-5pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 9am on your final day

For houseboats departing from Bridge Bay Marina:

  • You may pick up the houseboat as early as 8am, and it is not due back until 4pm on your final day.
  • Early Boarding after 7pm the evening before may be an option for $200 based on availability.

If you arrive at the marina after hours, the marina staff will leave your name and houseboat number on the office door with information about where it’s docked.

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.

For an additional cost, Early Boarding the evening prior to your trip may be an option based on availability.Give us a call at 888-454-8825 for details. *For houseboats departing from Bridge Bay Marina only


Shasta Lake is located in northern California, within a 15 minute drive north of Redding. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Shasta Lake area.

Jones Valley Marina
22300 Jones Valley Marina Dr, Redding, CA 96003

Silverthorn Marina
16250 Silverthorn Rd, Redding, CA 96007

Bridge Bay Marina
10300 Bridge Bay Rd, Redding, CA 96003

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


The closest grocery stores are in Redding, CA, about a 15 minute drive from any marina.

The marinas have 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 Shasta Lake!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Bass, Salmon, Crappie, Trout, Catfish, and even Sturgeon!

A California state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Shasta Lake. Be sure to purchase a license online ahead of time.


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.