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Lake Roosevelt - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Roosevelt. 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 mid-October. 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 Seven Bays and Keller Ferry Marinas:

  • Nova and Galaxy: maximum 14 people while in motion
  • Luna: maximum 10 people while in motion
  • Explorer: maximum 6 people at all times

Houseboats from Kettle Falls Marina:

  • Maximum 13 people at all times

You must be at least 25 years or older to rent a houseboat at Lake Roosevelt.

For houseboats from Seven Bays:

  • Seven Bays Marina is a pet friendly resort and will accommodate one pet at no charge.

  • Each additional pet will require a non-refundable charge of $100.00 to be paid prior to occupancy/boarding. Up to 3 pets maximum.

  • Any excessive cleaning required upon departure of pet hair, urine, etc. will be charged to the credit card on file at the rate of $35.00 per hour. Any damages will be charged at replacement cost.

For houseboats from Kettle Falls Marina:

  • Pets are allowed based on approval. If approved, a $6/day pet fee will apply.

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.

Marina staff will also pilot you in and out of the marina itself; you'll take over on open water.

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 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 Seven Bays Marina:

To reserve:

  • $1000 down payment due at booking
  • The balance is due 8 weeks prior to departure (60 days).


  • Any monies paid is non-refundable


For houseboats from Kettle Falls Marina:

To reserve:

  • A $500 refundable security deposit is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is above your total and is refundable at the end of your trip.
  • The full rental cost is collected in four equal monthly payments of 25% beginning four months prior to your arrival and each much thereafter until paid in full. Check payment is preferred for rental cost; credit card transactions will be subject to a 5% processing fee.


  • More than 120 days notice: forfeit deposit
  • Less than 120 days notice: forfeit any monies paid

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 linens, 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 not included on any houseboats at Lake Roosevelt. You will need to provide your own bed linens, bath towels, dish rags, hand towels, etc.

Linen packages may be available from Kettle Falls marina for an additional cost. Call for details.

For houseboats departing from Seven Bays Marinas:

  • You may pick up the houseboat at 2pm, and it is due back at the marina at 10am on your final day

For houseboats departing from Kettle Falls Marina:

  • You may pick up the houseboat as early as 8am, and it is not due back at the marina until 2pm on your final day

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than your appointed time.

For an additional cost, *Early Boarding the evening prior to your trip may be an option based on availability. Give us a call at 888-454-8825 for details. *For houseboats departing from Kettle Falls Marina only

We rent an 18' Sea Ray as well as other water toys at Kettle Falls Marina: Watercraft and Toy Rentals

Lake Roosevelt is located in northern Washington, about an hour and a half's drive northwest of Spokane. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Roosevelt area.

Seven Bays & Keller Ferry Marinas
1250 Marina Dr, Davenport WA 99122

Kettle Falls Marina
1390 Williams St, Kettle Falls WA 99141

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

The closest grocery store to Seven Bays and Keller Ferry Marinas is Safeway in Davenport, WA, about 23 miles from the marina.

The closest grocery store to Kettle Falls Marina is Harvest Foods, about 4 miles away from the marina, or larger chain grocery options are located about 9 miles south on Hwy 395.

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 Roosevelt!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, and White Sturgeon, among others.

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