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Lake Cumberland - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Cumberland. 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 typically runs April through October. 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, with the exception of the 60’ Freedom, which sleeps 8, but you may have up to 10 people on board. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from any marina, the renter must be at least 18 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

Pets are allowed for a $100 non-refundable pet fee (per pet.)

There is no special licensing or prior experience required to operate the 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 6-9 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.

To reserve:

  • A $500 deposit is due at the time of booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is applied toward your total like a down payment.
  • The remaining balance is due 45 days prior to your arrival.


  • More than 45 days notice: forfeit $250
  • Less than 45 days notice: forfeit full rental

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 included on all houseboat rentals. This includes:

  • a fitted sheet
  • top sheet
  • blanket
  • pillow and case

*You will need to provide your own bath and swim towels.

  • 60’ Freedom Houseboat: may be picked up at 3pm and is due back by 10 am
  • 64’ Explorer Houseboat: may be picked up at 2pm and is due back by 9am
  • 64’ Tranquility Houseboat: may be picked up at 3pm and is due back by 10am
  • 77’ Star Gazer and 80’ Mystic Houseboats: may be picked up at 4pm and are due back at 11am
  • 77’ Presidential, 80’ First Lady, and 84’ Executive Houseboats: may be picked up at 3pm and are due back by 10 am

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than 4pm.

Lake Cumberland is located about 2 hours southeast of Louisville, KY, and about 2.5 hours northeast of Nashville, TN. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Cumberland area.

Jamestown Marina
3677 S Highway 92 E, Jamestown KY 42629

Beaver Creek Resort
8929 W Highway 92, Monticello KY 42633

Burnside Marina
680 West Lakeshore Dr, Burnside KY 42519

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

There are grocery stores nearby towns of Jamestown, Monticello, and Burnside, KY about a 15 minute drive from each marina.

Each 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 Cumberland!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Largemouth, Smallmouth, White and Kentucky Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish, Walleye and Striper.

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