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Norris Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Norris Lake. 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 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.

The maximum capacity on any houseboat is the number the houseboat sleeps. However, children under 3 years old do not count toward maximum. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from Flat Hollow marina, the renter must be at least 21 years of age with a valid drivers’ license.

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed.

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.

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 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 of $800 is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is above your rental cost and is refundable at the end of your trip.
  • The full rental fee is due upon your arrival


  • More than 60 days notice: forfeit 25% of deposit
  • Less than 60 days notice: forfeit full deposit

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

*You will need to provide your own bath and swim towels.

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.

Flat Hollow Marina operates on a set schedule:

  • 3 night weekend: Friday-Monday
  • 4 night midweek: Monday-Friday
  • 7 night week: Monday-Monday or Friday-Friday

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than 5pm.

Yes, a small watercraft is required with all houseboat rentals as a safety precaution. See our rental options: Watercraft Rentals

Norris Lake is located an hour north of Knoxville, TN, only about 15 miles away from LaFollette. See our Map & Directions page to view a map and directions to the Norris Lake area.

Flat Hollow Marina & Resort
185 Flat Hollow Marina Rd, Speedwell TN 37870

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

The nearest grocery store, Food Lion, is located in nearby LaFollette, TN, about 10 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 Norris Lake!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, Crappie, and Walleye.

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