Do you give tours?
Yes, we have special rates for captained day tours. Please call us to at 218-753-3548 to hammer out the details.
How can I join your Loyalty Program?
To become a part of our Loyalty Program, you must stay with us on an annual basis. Returning guests will qualify for 10% off when they make consecutive reservations with us. For our very loyal guests that have had 10 years of patronage, they will qualify for an additional discount. Yes, you read that right. We love our guests! *Program does have a cap discount amount*
What are your rental packages?
To get the best bang for your buck we've put together these rental packages:
Weekend package runs Friday to Monday
Midweek Monday to Friday
Weekly can be either Monday to Monday or Friday to Friday
With these several options, pick the one that best suits you! Our check in time is 3pm the day of your reservation and check out is at 9am the day of departure. We do our absolute best to you accommodate any requests. Just ask, we're happy to help!
Operating the Houseboat
Do we need a special license?
No special boating license is necessary, and we have seen a number of first-time boaters captain the boat like a pro. You will go through an orientation prior to your departure, covering the houseboat operation and maps. Please let us know if you do not have any boating experience when you arrive!
Can we hire a driver for the houseboat during our stay?
YES YOU CAN! Please let us know well in advance so that we may plan our staffing for your stay. Call or email us for further questions!
Navigating the Lake
Can we go from one end of the lake to the other?
Yes, all 40,000 acres of Lake Vermilion are navigable, from East to West. BRAND NEW in 2018, Hummingbird GPS units on ALL houseboats to make your vacation even more worry-free! We provide maps with routes highlighted for your convenience. With over 1200 miles of shoreline on Lake Vermilion, it's an explorer's dream!
Are fishing boats or smaller boats for shore access included with the houseboat rental?
No, but they are required. You can either bring your own boat, or rent one from us. Click here to see our rental fleet.
How many boats can the houseboat tow?
Houseboats can tow up to 4 boats; however, remember, you are personally responsible for the tie-up, arrangement, and/or potential damages incurred.
How is the kitchen equipped?
Each kitchen has a refrigerator, freezer, stove, oven, sink, and a gas grill on the deck. All houseboats have enough dishes, glassware, silverware, and steak knives for the number they accommodate. There are also pots, pans, utensils, cutting board, and grill utensils—plenty of standard kitchen items to create a feast for your crew! We provide kitchen dish soap, new dish scrubber, kitchen dish towels, potholders and garbage bags for all garbage containers on the boat. NO PAPER TOWELS ARE PROVIDED. (See suggested supply list below)
How big is the refrigerator?
The refrigerators on the 40', 42', 44', 50' and 54' houseboats have an 8 cu. ft. capacity with 2 cu. ft. freezers. The 55' and 60' Cruisers have side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, with approximate 9 cu. ft. refrigerator. The 65' Executive has two 8 cu. ft. refrigerators with freezers. All houseboats also have a 100 qt. cooler on the deck, perfect to store your soda and other beverages for quick access.
Does the houseboat we are renting have a TV or microwave?
The 42', 54', 55' and 60' and 65' houseboats come equipped with TVs, DVD players, and microwaves.
Does the houseboat have a slide?
Yes, all houseboats have a slide, so don’t forget your towels.
Does the houseboat have a grill?
Yes, all houseboats have a gas grill, so bring on the burgers, kabobs, and brats!
What linens are provided?
We provide pillows, pillow cases, sheets and blankets with each houseboat for the number of beds on each houseboat. If bringing extra guests, we recommend they bring their own bedding. Kitchen dish towels and pot holders will be provided, although you will need to bring your own bath and/or sun deck towels.
Are there deck chairs on board?
Yes, all houseboats have deck chairs and a table. They do not have lounge chairs, but you may bring them for sunbathing.
How do we make coffee?
The 42', 54', 55' and 60' houseboats have electric coffee makers, along with toasters. The 40', 44' and 50' houseboats have stovetop percolators. You will need to bring coffee filters.
Do we need to bring our own toilet paper?
NO! In fact, PLEASE do not bring toilet paper! The houseboat septic system is just like a camper/RV. We supply the much loved, "special" toilet tissue during your stay. If you ever need more during your stay, we will gladly provide more at no charge. Our septic holding tanks are pumped after every stay. We also provide holding tank deodorant/waste digester packets if you find your tank odoriferous!
Do we need to bring our own lifejackets?
No. Each houseboat will have the appropriate number of lifejackets onboard for each guest. If you prefer to bring your own favorite lifejacket, by all means please feel free to do so.
What do you sell at the base?
We sell leeches (when in season), crawlers, block ice, cube ice and souvenir clothing.
Are there resorts or marinas on the lake that sell bait, ice or groceries?
Yes, there are resorts and marinas that sell bait, ice, and light groceries. You may go to their docks with a small boat; no houseboats allowed into any other resorts or marinas. Fortune Bay Casino has two dock-slips for our houseboats. First come-first serve. Call ahead!
Do you have a hospitality boat?
ABSOLUTELY! Running short on supplies? Forgot the marshmallows? No worries! Our crew is more than happy to visit you with our hospitality boat to deliver requested supplies or pick up extra garbage during those long stays. *Service charge may apply to some requests*
What are some suggested supplies that we should bring?
- paper towels
- ziploc bags or small tupperware containers (for leftover shore lunch)
- aluminum foil
- bath towels/beach towels
- hand towel and soap for bathroom (or just a bottle of hand sanitizer)
- fan (for hot days/nights)
- extension cord (for generator if you need extra juice)
- rain gear
- deet/bug spray
- deck of cards/games/books (rainy day activity and unplug yourself from technology)
Where do we dock at night?
There are roughly between 35-40 designated campsites along Lake Vermilion's shorelines to dock the houseboat each night. You are not allowed to throw anchor in any part of the lake due to buried cables from island to island.
Is there a charge for the campsites?
There are no charges for staying overnight at any campsite. We do request that our houseboats are tied up at a designated campsite 90 minutes before sunset for safety purposes. There are maps of the lake marked with the campsites on each houseboat along with the brand new GPS units. Campsites are a first come-first serve basis and you can stay at one for as long as you like. There are 8 specific campsites that are for DAY-USE only and their docks are NOT strong enough for our houseboats to be tied up to them. You can tie off to a couple of trees nearby if you choose to use those campsites during the day only! We will have a map of those specific campsites on each boat for your info.
Can we have a campfire at the campsite?
You may have a campfire at DNR campsites designated with a campfire ring and posted, as allowed by current conditions. Please make sure all evidence of any fire is completely out before leaving your campsite. Also be kind and leave the campsite better than when you arrived for the next campers. If you are traveling within MN state lines, you may bring your own firewood or you can purchase bundles from us at the base.
Do you allow pets?
We love pets; however, we no longer allow pets on select boats. There is a $150 per pet fee. When making your reservation, please inform us how many pets you intend to bring. Also our very own dogs live here at the landing; upon arrival please keep Fido in your vehicle until your party has been checked in. Please keep your pet on a leash at all times for others safety and pick up your pet's poo!
How does insurance work for houseboat rentals?
You are responsible for up to $5,000 in damages. We do offer an optional damage protection for $35 per night, $50 per night for the 55' Cruiser, 60' Cruiser and Executive, which reduces your responsibility to $250. This covers accidental damage to the houseboat and its motor(s). It does not cover damage to any fishing boats, motors, portable generators, or hot tubs. You may check to see if your homeowner’s policy covers any damage.
Is fuel for the houseboat included?
No, fuel is not included in the houseboat rental fees. You are responsible for paying fuel that is used during your stay. We will settle up with your fuel usage at checkout time.
How much fuel will we use?
The average fuel consumption for the majority of the houseboats is 15 gallons or less a day. Fuel tanks range from 120-250 gallons, more than enough for a week so feel free to cruise all you want! We will settle up with the fuel upon check out.
Do we have to pay for propane?
Not on our houseboats! Propane is included.
What do we do if someone in our party is sick or injured while on the lake?
For true emergencies always call 911 first. For any minor urgency call, text or call the base. Lake Vermilion has rescue boats on both ends of the lake.
Can our family members contact us while we are on the houseboat with questions or emergency situations?
They can contact the base at 218-753-3548. We will then contact you by phone (call or text) to relay a message. There is cell phone reception across most of the lake; mobile phone use and wireless access to the web is usually available. Marine band radios are also on each houseboat if there is no cellular coverage in your area.
Fortune Bay Casino
Does Fortune Bay Casino and golf course have slips available for the houseboat?
Yes, they have docks created specifically for our houseboats, available at no charge. During our busiest months of July and August, we highly recommend you call their marina prior to arrival to double check slip availability.