What to Do on a Houseboat Vacation

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Heather, Stacy
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Things to Do

What to Do on a Houseboat Vacation

A question we are asked often is: "What is there to do once we're out on the lake?"  One of our favorite things about a houseboat vacation, is that you can be as lazy or as crazy as you like! Be inventive. Try something new, or do something you haven't done in a while. After all, it's your vacation!

For some, a great way to spend a houseboat vacation is out on the top deck of your houseboat reading a good book. For others, waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing and tubing are high on the "to do" list, but some prefer a slower pace exploring the area in a kayak, canoe or on a paddle board. Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

Some lakes, such as Voyageurs National Park, Norris Lake and the Illinois River Valley require you to have a runabout with your houseboat rental as a safety precaution. Most of these marinas provide them either free or for a minimal fee.  

Perhaps you're a fool for fishing. Bring your gear along with you, because fishing is great! Types of fish will differ with each location, but anglers of all ages and experience levels are sure to bring home stories of triumph over legendary giants or "the one that got away." Generally, bait can be purchased at or nearby most marinas, and some marinas sell fishing licenses. As some lakes or rivers cross over a couple states or countries, you will want to be aware if you need multiple fishing licenses.

These thrill seekers tapped into their wild side on a Lake Powell Houseboat along with "The Blob," an inflatable giant with the power to send its subjects flying over 50 feet in the air!

*Bring your own Blob.

For other ideas on what else to do on your houseboat vacation, visit our Travel Tips page. It has lots of information for some of our most popular lakes. Or you can find more information for a particular location by visiting our Destinations Page, and in the "more stuff" column from your desired location's main page under "other things to do".

These are but mere suggestions, but there is a whole world of possibilities out there! What are your favorite things to do while enjoying your houseboat vacation?  Share your ideas below.

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