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Lake Lanier - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Lanier. 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 on the houseboats is up to 16 persons. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from Port Royale marina, the renter must be at least 25 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on these houseboats.

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.

However, all drivers must complete a required Boaters Safety Test and must have a completion certificate upon check in. This information will be included in your confirmation.

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.

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 deposit equivalent to 25% of the total rental is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is applied toward your total like a down payment.
  • The remaining rental amount plus a $1000 refundable security deposit is due upon arrival


  • More than 14 days notice: forfeit 10% of rental
  • Less than 14 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
  • bath towels

You will need to provide your own beach towels.

Pick up time must be scheduled with the marina. Appointments are scheduled for 10am, 12 noon, 2pm or 4pm based on availability.

Return time on your final day is the same time as when you schedule to pick it up.

You must be at the marina 45 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time to ensure you have enough time for your orientation and to get out on the water.

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

Lake Lanier is conveniently located just an hour northeast of Atlanta in Gainesville, GA. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Lanier area.

Port Royale Marina
8800 Port Royale Dr, Gainesville GA 30506

*The above address is for driving directions only. Do not mail payments to this address

There are a few grocery stores located in nearby Gainesville, GA about 7 miles away from the marina.

The 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! There is fishing at Lake Lanier!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Striped and Spotted Bass, as well as White and Largemouth Bass.

A Georgia state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Lake Lanier. Be sure to purchase a license 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.