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Lake Travis - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Lake Travis. 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 from mid March through December. 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 for overnight stay on the For Play and Sure Thing houseboats is 15 people, 18 max on the Carpe Diem allowed for overnight stay. During the day up you can have no more than 40 people in your group.

To rent from Harborside Rentals Marina, the renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver's license.

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

A member of the marina staff will pilot your houseboat to your location. You may move to another location during your trip for a $40 fee, which allows you to move to a location within a 5 mile radius.

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.

To reserve:

  • Half of your rental cost is due upon booking by credit card over the phone.
  • The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival
  • A $1000 refundable security deposit will be held, and then released at the end of your trip.


  • More than 60 days notice: forfeit $100
  • 60-30 days notice: forfeit $500
  • Less than 30 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.

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 swim towels

Pick up time must be scheduled with the marina. Appointments are scheduled for 8am, 10am, or 12 noon based on availability.

Return time on your final day is anytime before sunset.

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

Lake Travis is conveniently located about 25 miles northeast of Austin, TX. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Ouachita area.

Paradise Cove Marina
17141 Rocky Ridge Rd, Austin TX 78734

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

There are grocery stores nearby in Lakeway, TX, about 10 miles away from the 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 Travis!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Largemouth Bass, Guadalupe Bass, White and Striped Bass, Catfish and Sunfish.

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