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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

Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina

The maximum capacity on any houseboat is the number the houseboat sleeps at all times

Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina

  • The renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina

Dogs are allowed for a $250 non-refundable pet fee (per dog).


Lee's Ford Marina and Lake Cumberland Marina 

Pets are not allowed

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:

Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina

Based on total with tax, mandatory damage waiver, and fuel deposit

  • 10% is due at time of booking
  • 40% is due 60 days out
  • 50% is due 30 days out


All money is non-refundable once paid

Beaver Creek and Jamestown Resorts:

  • A $500 deposit is due at the time of booking
  • Balance is due 45 days prior to departure.


  • From time of booking until 46 days prior to arrival - forfeit $250
  • 45 days or less prior to arrival - forfeit full rental fee plus tax
  • Cancellation Fees are subject to the local sales tax
  • Full forfeiture of all deposits and rentals fees for reservations made for holiday vacations, including Memorial Day, Thunder Run, the Fourth of July, Raft up, Labor Day, and Poker Run if canceled at any time
  • Transfer of dates or pre-payments may be made up to 46 day prior to the original date in the same calendar year for $100
  • Rental may be moved to the next calendar year for $250 if changed up to 46 days prior to departure.

Lee's Ford Marina / Lake Cumberland Marina

  • A 40% deposit of the total cost is required at the time reservations are made.
  • Balance is due on arrival
  • A mandatory 4.6% Corps of Engineer fee is required on all houseboat reservations


  • Refund of payments will not be given for early departure, late arrivals, or no-shows.
  • All cancellations must be given in writing.
  • If the reservation is cancelled (in writing) a minimum of 60 days prior to the scheduled check-in date, and the unit is re-rented for the entire original length of stay, a 75% refund will be provided. If the unit is not re-rented for the entire original length of stay, there will not be a refund.

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 provided on all houseboats including:

  • Sheets
  • Pillows
  • Pillow Cases
  • Blankets
  • Towels

Toilet paper is not provided. Please bring your own 1-ply paper. (2-ply can not be flushed).

Houseboats departing from the Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina

  • Houseboats generally depart between 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 pm. although they are assigned by houseboat
  • Return time is between 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Houseboats departing from the Lee's Ford Marina

  • Check in time is 3pm (during peak season your unit may not be ready at 3pm. Best to call the marina on your check in day)
  • Return time is 11 a.m.

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.

Lake Cumberland State Dock Marina
6365 State Park Road Jamestown, KY 42629

Lee's Ford Marina
2108 Hwy 183 Russell Springs, KY 42642


*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.