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Birch Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

The max capacity on each houseboat is how many people it sleeps.

4 people (2 adults / 2 small children) on the 33-foot Houseboat

6 people on the 36-foot Houseboat

8 people on the 42-foot Houseboat and the 50-foot Houseboat

We require you to be at least 21 years of age to rent our houseboats.

We allow pets at no extra charge, we just ask that you clean up after them. We reserve the right to charge a cleanup fee if the boat rental is excessively dirty.

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

To reserve:

  • A down payment of $400 - 500 (depending on houseboat model) is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. 
  • The remaining rental cost and optional damage insurance is due on arrival


  • Any cancellation results in a $50 cancellation fee
  • Rescheduling of dates is allowed

The 50' Houseboat provides sheets, blankets and pillows. Towels can be rented for $10 per package

On all other houseboats just the blankets and pillows are provided. You will need to bring linens (or sleeping bags) and towels. Linen packages and towel packages can be rented from the marina for $10 per package.

  • You may pick up the houseboat at 2 p.m. If you require earlier check-in, please request and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • All houseboats are due back by 9 a.m.


Birch Lake is located in Northern Minnesota. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Birch Lake area.

Kinsey Houseboats
2178 Birch River Rd, Babbitt, MN  55706
*The above address is for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to this address

Yes! You may fish off the houseboat as long as you have the proper fishing license.

Birch Lake is known for some of the best Walleye and Northern Pike fishing in the state of Minnesota. You can also find Black Crappie, Bluegill, Rock Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Sucker and Yellow Perch.

A MN fishing license is required. More info can be found here. Bait is not available from the marina so you will want to stop at one of the many bait shops near the lake before heading to the marina.