Rental Policies

The charterer must be 21 years of age and must abide by all Minnesota boating regulations.

A fishing boat and motor must accompany each houseboat; you may either bring your own or rent a fishing boat and motor from us. Personal watercraft and/or jet skis may not be substituted for a boat and motor.

There is a THREE NIGHT MINIMUM for all houseboat rentals.

Arrival and Departure

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.
Check-out time is 9:00 a.m.

We are unable to guarantee early check-in times unless an earlier time is arranged in advance. To ensure that incoming guests will be able to board their boat on time, we assess a fee equal to 1/2 of the standard daily rate for late check-outs.

Standard Equipment

As you might imagine, it is impossible to predict with certainty the likelihood of emergencies and mechanical breakdowns, but they do occassionally happen. We carefully inspect each houseboat before it leaves our docks and again upon its return. We reserve the right to replace equipment at any time, for any reason, within our best judgment concerning weather, safety, etc. Should a mechanical breakdown occur, you may radio the base, call the base by phone or cell phone, give boaters a message to relay to us, or use the small boat to go for help. We have a service boat with parts and motors that will allow us to get to you as quickly as possible to rectify the problem.

We also reserve the right to refuse the use of equipment, facilities, etc., if the customer, in our judgment, is ill or otherwise in a situation that might affect his or her own safety or the safety of others. Additionally, we reserve the right to instruct renters to return to base if rental boats are improperly or unsafely handled or if the renters are causing a public nuisance.

All boats have sundecks and swim slides for your outdoor enjoyment. Dishes, basic cooking utensils, deck chairs, pillows and pillowcases, kitchen towels, potholders, kitchen washcloths, garbage bags, toilet paper, flotation devices, fire extinguishers, compasses, marine band radios, and detailed maps of the lake are included with each houseboat. All boats come equipped with refrigeration systems, stoves, ovens, hot and cold running water, heaters, lights, showers, sinks, and approved monomatic chemical toilets with holding tanks. Boats are powered by electric start Mercury outboard motors with easy-to-operate controls. All motors are replaced on a routine basis with the newest models.

Taxes

Minnesota state sales tax and lodging taxes will be added as legally designated.

Payments, Deposits and Cancellations

A deposit is required at the time of your reservation. The amount required to reserve your houseboat of choice is listed on the rate page. The deposit may be made with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, check, or cash. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

If you must cancel your vacation, we will attempt to work with you to reschedule your vacation for the same size houseboat during the same calendar season. However, we cannot guarantee the ability to reschedule.

The trip balance must be paid in full prior to the departure of your group. Payment-in-full must be made 60 days prior to your reservation on the 55' Cruiser, 60' Cruiser and Executive. If you cancel after that payment, it will also be non-refundable. If you elect to pay by check, we must receive the payment 30 days prior to the date of your group’s arrival. Deposits are refunded at the end of the houseboat trip, after all equipment has been assessed to be in the same condition as it was upon issuance.

Gasoline and oil are not included in the rates listed. All tanks are full upon departure and are re-filled at the time of your return. You pay only for the amount of fuel used. On average, houseboats utilize about 10 gallons of gas per day.

Propane (LP) gas is included in the rental of the boat.

There is a $25 Waste Fee per vacation.

Provisions Available at Base

Bait, pop, tackle, ice, and souvenir items, such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, and hats, are among the items available at base.

Fortune Bay Resort and Casino, and The Wilderness Golf Course now have docking available for our houseboats.

Food Packages

Food packages are available for guests preferring to arrive to a pre-stocked boat.

Meals Included in the 7-day Food Package Plan:

  • Dinner for 7 days
  • Lunch for 6 days; and
  • Breakfast for 7 days

Not Included in Food Packages:
Paper products (other than toilet paper), soaps, snacks, beer or alcohol, and soda.

Food Package Details
Food Package Plans vary with group size; please contact us for further details. Food Packages must be secured with a $100.00 deposit and require a 2-week period of notice.

For your convenience, shopping facilities are available 20 miles southwest of base, in the city of Virginia, and just 4 miles away in the city of Tower.

Rental Equipment

 

Nightly

Weekly

14' Fishing Boat with 10hp Motor

$60

$300

16' Fishing Boat with 15hp Motor 

$70

$350

16' Fishing Boat with 25hp Motor

$90

$450

16' Fish and Ski Boat

$150

$750

19' Fish and Ski Boat

$200

$1000

1000 Watt Generator

$30

$150

2000 Watt Generator

$40

$200

3000 Watt Generator

$50

$250

Hot Tub

$100

$500

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