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Voyageurs National Park - Frequently Asked Questions

Presented below are frequently asked questions about houseboat rentals and houseboating on Voyageurs National Park. 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 September. 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 at all times. This is a regulation set by the Coast Guard.

To rent from Ebels Marina, the renter must be at least 18 years of age with a valid drivers' license.

Pets are allowed for no additional cost.

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.

Voyageurs National Park / Rainy Lake requires overnight permits for each night of your houseboat vacation. You Must purchase a National Park - Overnight Houseboat Permit for $10 per night ONLINE prior to arrival: Prices are subject to change and will be noted when you purchase your permit.

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 $500-2000 (depending on houseboat model) is due upon booking by credit card over the phone. This amount applies toward your total like a down payment.
  • Vista class houseboats require 1/3rd of the rental due upon booking by credit card over the phone.
  • The remaining rental cost is due 45 days prior to your arrival.


  • More than 45 days notice: deposit is non-refundable
  • Less than 45 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 $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 provided with the 65' Series and all Vista Class houseboats. Feel free to bring your own bed linens and bath towels.

*Linen packages available at the marina for $15 (includes a set of sheets, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and wash cloths.)

You may pick up the houseboat as early as 1pm, and it is not due back at the marina until 9-10am on your final day.

Please make prior arrangements with the marina if you are to arrive later than 5pm. The marina staff will expect your arrival so you can load the houseboat and sleep on it that night in the marina, then go through the check in and orientation process the next morning before you go out on the water.

Yes, a small watercraft is required with all houseboat rentals as a safety precaution. The marina includes a fishing boat (no motor) with your houseboat rental. You may rent a motor from the marina for an extra cost or you are welcome to bring your own.

See our rental options: Watercraft Rentals

The Voyageur series houseboats do not have generators.

If you're planning to bring something that requires electricity (laptop, hairdryer, etc.), you would need a generator, available for rent from the marina.

Voyageurs National Park is located in northern Minnesota near the Ontario border, a short 5 miles from the town of Tower, MN. See our Map/Directions page to view a map and directions to the Lake Vermilion area.

Ebels Marina
10326 Ash River Trail, Orr MN 55771

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

The nearest major grocery stores are located in Virginia, MN about 80 miles away from the marina, or International Falls, MN (if you're coming from the north) about 37 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 opportunities along the lake.

Yes! Fishing is great at Voyageurs National Park! There are a variety of fish found in these waters including: Walleye, Crappie, Muskie, Northern Pike, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, among many others.

A Minnesota fishing license is required to fish on Voyageurs National Park. Purchase a Minnesota license online here: Minnesota Fishing License . If you are traveling to and fishing in Canadian waters, you will also need an Ontario fishing license as well as a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit (obtained through Canadian Customs.) Purchase an Ontario license online here: Ontario Fishing License

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.