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Suwannee River - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Suwannee River. 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. View a month-by-month list of temperatures here: Average Temperatures

The maximum capacity on this houseboat is 8 people.

To rent from Gateway Marina, the renter must be at least 25 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, 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:

  • A $200 refundable security deposit is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount is above the rental cost, and is refundable at the end of your trip.
  • The full rental amount is due upon your arrival.


  • More than 30 days notice: forfeit 50% of deposit
  • 30-15 days notice: forfeit deposit
  • Less than 15 days notice: forfeit deposit + 50% of rental cost

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
  • pillow and case

*Blankets and bath towels are not provided. You will need to supply your own.

Pick up time must be scheduled with the marina. Appointments are scheduled for 10am, 12 noon, 2pm or 4pm based on availability.

Return time on your final day is the same time as when you schedule to pick it up.

Please contact the marina if you are to arrive later than your scheduled arrival 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.

No, the houseboats must be picked up and returned at Gateway Marina.

Gateway Marina does not offer motorized crafts, but they do offer canoe rentals.

The Gateway Marina (formerly Miller's Marina) is located about 65 miles southwest of Gainesville, FL. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Suwannee River area.

Gateway Marina
90 SE 910th Ave, Suwannee FL 32692

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

The nearest grocery store is Hitchcock's Markets in Old Town, FL, about 25 miles from the marina. Other grocery stores in Chiefland, FL, about 40 miles away from the marina.

The marina has a marina store stocked with limited convenience items and ice.

See the following article for more information on where to go and what to do along the river:

Top Attractions on the Suwannee River

Yes! Fishing is great on the Suwannee River!

There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout, Largemouth Bass, and Bream.

A Florida state fishing license is required and will allow you to fish anywhere on the Suwannee River. Be sure to purchase a license Online ahead of time.

It is safe to swim at the state parks along the river, like the Blue Springs Park. You cannot access these areas by houseboat; you would need to take a smaller boat such as a canoe from the houseboat to the state park shore.

Seasickness is very uncommon as houseboats are wider and more stable than smaller boats. However, if you get sick easily we recommend that you take necessary precautions.