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Sutton Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Sutton 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 from May 1 - October 15. 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 the houseboat is 10 people at all times. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from Sutton Lake Marina, the renter must be at least 21 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.

The cost of a houseboat vacation is based on a few variables: what time of year you plan to visit, 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:

  • 1/3 of your total rental is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount applies toward your total like a down payment.
  • The remaining rental amount as well as a $300 refundable security deposit is due upon your arrival. The $300 security deposit is refundable at the end of your trip.


  • More than 30 days notice: forfeit $50
  • Less than 30 days notice: forfeit 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.

Bed linens and kitchen towels are provided, but you will need to bring your own bath and swim towels.


You may pick up the houseboat between 8am-12 noon, and it must be returned to the no wake zone no later than 3pm on the final day.

Sutton Lake Marina operates on a set schedule:

  • 3 day (2 night) weekend: Friday-Sunday
  • 4 day (3 night) midweek: Monday-Thursday
  • 7 day (6 night) week: Monday-Sunday or Friday-Thursday

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

For an additional cost, Early Boarding the evening prior to your trip may be an option based on availability. This option allows you to board your boat the night before your scheduled departure, load all your gear in a leisurely fashion, and spend the night at the dock.  Pre-boarding is available at 6:00 p.m. the night before departure.  Rate is $195 + 6% tax. Give us a call at 888-454-8825 to check early boarding availability.

Sutton Lake Marina has a variety of daily watercraft rentals available. Call 888-454-8825 for details

Sutton Lake is located about an hour northeast from Charleston, WV, and only about 8 miles away from Gassaway. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Sutton Lake area.

Sutton Lake Marina
1734 Bee Run Rd, Sutton WV 26601

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

The nearest grocery store is Wal-mart, open 24-hours, located approximately 3 miles from the marina, just off exit 67 on Interstate 79. There are also grocery stores located 8 miles away in Gassaway, WV.

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! Fishing is great at Sutton Lake!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Spotted Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, as well as Crappie are plentiful.

A West Virginia state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on Sutton Lake.  The marina does not sell fishing licenses. Fishing licenses may be obtained online.  Also, most Wal-marts will assist with fishing licenses.  

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.