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Lake Ouachita - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Ouachita. 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 is a regulation set by the Coast Guard. The maximum capacity of any houseboat is the maximum allowed at all times unless otherwise specified.

Houseboats from North Shores Marina:

  • Maximum 14 people at all times

To rent from North Shores marina, the renter must be at least 25 years of age with a valid driver’s license.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on any houseboats on Lake Ouachita.

For houseboats departing from the Northshore Marina:

A member of the marina staff will pilot your houseboat to one of the Premium Islands that are prime spots for houseboats and return you to the marina at the end of your vacation. The marina offers 1 complimentary move for a 7 night vacation. 

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 our 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.

For houseboats from North Shores marina:

To reserve:

  • A $500 refundable security deposit is due at the time of booking by credit card over the phone. 
  • Full rental t is due 45 days prior to your arrival


  • More than 45 days notice: forfeit $125
  • 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 $150 per day for fuel. Of course, it may be more or less based on how much the houseboat is driven during your trip and how much you run the generator.

Included with North Shores Marina houseboats:

  • Comforters
  • Pillows
  • Blankets

*You will need to provide pillow cases and sheets, or you can rent packages from the marina for $15 per bed with advanced notice
*You will also need to provide your own bath towels

For houseboats departing from North Shores Marina:

  • You may pick up the houseboat as early as 3pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 10am on your final day.
  • All houseboats operate on a set schedule:
    • 3 night weekend: Friday-Monday
    • 4 night midweek: Monday-Friday
    • 7 night week: Monday-Monday or Friday-Friday

Lake Ouachita is located about 15 minutes away from Hot Springs, AR, about an hour and a half’s drive southwest of Little Rock. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Ouachita area.

North Shores Resort & Marina

190 Shore View Loop, Jessieville AR 71949

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

There are grocery stores nearby in Hot Springs, AR, about a 15 minute drive from either 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! There is fishing at Lake Ouachita!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Bass, Bream, Crappie, Catfish, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, and even Striper. Largemouth bass are an especially good catch here.

An Arkansas state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Lake Ouachita. 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.