Houseboating

Houseboat Rentals


Vacation rental houseboats are available on lakes and tributaries throughout California. Lake Shasta and Lake Havasu are two of the most popular houseboating lakes but Lake Berryessa in Napa Valley, Don Pedro in Gold Country and the California Delta out of Stockton have just as much beauty and attraction. Houseboats are large pontoon boats that include many modern conveniences like a full kitchen, full bathrooms, separate bedrooms, living spaces, central heat & air, gas barbecue, sun deck, water slide, hot tub and much more. Most houseboat rentals can accommodate from 10 to 20 persons. All training and safety equipment is provided at time of rental. Claim your own secluded cove for daytime play or overnight stay. Catch some rays on the sun deck or spot shooting stars at night. Cast a line and troll for dinner while exploring a lake. Consider renting a jet ski or ski boat to tow behind the houseboat for fun on the lake. Fire up the barbecue and enjoy quality time with friends and family.

San Francisco

Lake Berryessa is located off Highway 128 north of Napa Valley. Choose from 59 to 70-foot houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. Houseboat rentals have a hot tub, satellite television and can sleep up to 12. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Lake Berryessa with 165 miles of shoreline. Lake Berryessa is popular for fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Lake Berryessa boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats and jet ski rentals. Fish species at Lake Berryessa include rainbow trout, bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at Pleasure Cove Marina on the south end of the lake.

Pleasure Cove Resort & Marina
Forever Resorts
6100 Highway 128
Napa, California 94558
(800) 255-5561

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Desert

Lake Havasu is located off Interstate 40 at the California / Arizona border. Choose from 56 to 85-foot houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. Houseboat rentals have a hot tub and air conditioning. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Lake Havasu with over 45 miles of lake and 450 miles of shoreline. Lake Havasu is popular for fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, sunbathing and people watching. Other Lake Havasu boat rentals include ski boats, pontoon boats, paddleboards and jet ski rentals. Fish species at Lake Havasu include rainbow trout, bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. This is a very popular destination for college students and partiers during the spring and summer breaks. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at Nautical Sports Center near the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City.

Nautical Sports Center
1000 McCulloch Boulevard
Lake Havasu, Arizona 86404
(800) 843-9218

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Central Coast

Lake San Antonio is located off Highway 101 north of Paso Robles. Boat rentals include one 59-foot houseboat that sleeps 10 comfortably. Houseboat amenities include private bedrooms, multiple baths, wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck, central heat & air and more. There's plenty of room for houseboating on Lake San Antonio with over 17 miles of lake and 65 miles of shoreline. Lake San Antonio is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Lake San Antonio boat rentals include ski boats, pontoon boats and more. Fish species at Lake San Antonio include bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and more. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Lake San Antonio Marina on the south end of the lake.

Lake San Antonio
74255 San Antonio Road
Bradley, CA 93426
(800) 310-2313

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Shasta Cascade

Lake Shasta - photo courtesy of Seven Crown Resorts

Lake Shasta is located off Interstate 5 north of Redding. This is the mother-lode of houseboating in California with a total of 8 marinas that all offer Shasta houseboat rentals. Houseboat amenities include private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck, central heat & air and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Lake Shasta with over 35 miles of lake 365 miles of shoreline. Popular activities on Lake Shasta include camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Lake Shasta boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, deck cruisers, pontoon boats and jet ski rentals. It's not uncommon to see a deer or black bear emerging from the forest to drink from the shoreline, or a bald eagle drop from the sky and surface with a trout in its talons. Fish species at Lake Shasta include bass, trout, salmon, sturgeon, catfish and more. Vacation rental houseboats on Shasta are offered at multiple marinas surrounding the lake.

  • Shasta Marina Resort @ Packers Bay
    16814 Packers Bay Road
    Lakehead, CA 96051
    (800) 959-3359
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  • Holiday Harbor Resort
    20061 Shasta Caverns Road
    O'Brien, CA 96070
    (800) 776-2628
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  • Silverthorn Resort
    16250 Silverthorn Road
    Redding, California 96003
    (800) 332-3044
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  • Bridge Bay Resort
    10300 Bridge Bay Road
    Redding, CA 96003
    (800) 752-9669
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  • Jones Valley Resort
    22300 Jones Valley Marina Drive
    Redding, CA 96003
    (877) 468-7326
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  • Antlers Resort
    Antlers Road
    Lakehead, CA 96051
    (800) 238-3924
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  • Digger Bay Marina
    15090 Digger Bay Road
    Toyon, CA 96019
    (800) 752-9669
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Trinity Lake is located off Highway 299 northwest of Redding and Interstate 5. Choose from 50 to 65-foot houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Trinity Lake with over 17 miles of lake and 147 miles of shoreline. Trinity Lake is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Trinity Lake boat rentals include fishing boats, deck cruisers, ski boats, pontoon boats and jet ski rentals. Fish species at Trinity Lake include bass, trout, salmon and catfish. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Trinity Lake Marina on the southwest side of the lake.

Trinity Lake Resorts
45810 State Highway 3
Trinity Center, California 96091
(800) 255-5561

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Lake Oroville is located off Highway 70 north of Yuba City. Choose from 50 to 70-foot houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Lake Oroville with over 15 miles of lake and 167-miles of shoreline. Lake Oroville is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Lake Oroville boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, deck cruisers, pontoon boats and jet ski rentals. Fish species at Lake Oroville include bass, trout, salmon, crappie, sturgeon, catfish and more. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Lake Oroville Marina on the northwest side of the lake.

Lake Oroville Marina
Lime Saddle Road
Oroville, CA 95965
(800) 255-5561

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Gold Country

Bullards Bar is located off Highway 49 north of Grass Valley & Nevada City. Several houseboats are available complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, a hot tub, full kitchen, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Bullards Bar with over 16 miles of lake and 56 miles of shoreline. Bullards Bar is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, sunbathing and hiking. Other Bullards Bar boat rentals include ski boats, pontoon boats, party boats and jet ski rentals. Fish species at Bullards Bar include kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, small-mouth bass and spotted bass. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Emerald Cove Marina on the southwest side of the lake.

Bullards Bar
Emerald Cove Marina
12571 Marysville Road
Dobbins, CA 95935
(877) 692-3201

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New Melones Lake

New Melones Lake is located off Highway 49 north of Jamestown. Choose from 3 houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on New Melones Lake with over 15 miles of lake and 167 miles of shoreline. New Melones Lake is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other New Melones Lake boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats and jet ski rentals. Fish species at New Melones Lake include bass, trout, salmon, crappie, catfish and bluegill. Luxury houseboat rentals are offered at the New Melones Lake Marina at Glory Hole Recreation Area on the northwest side of the lake.

New Melones Lake Marina
6503 Glory Hole Road
Angels Camp, CA 95222
(877) 468-7326

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Don Pedro Lake is located off Highway 49 south of Jamestown. Choose from 50 to 70-foot houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Don Pedro Lake with over 15 miles of lake and 150 miles of shoreline. Don Pedro Lake is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Don Pedro Lake boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats and jet ski rentals. Fish species at Don Pedro Lake include bass, trout, salmon, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Don Pedro Marina at the south side of the lake.

Lake Don Pedro Marina
Bonds Flat Road
La Grange, CA 95329
(800) 255-5561

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Lake McClure is located west of Coulterville and Mariposa off Highway 49. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Lake McClure with 26 miles of lake and 80 miles of shoreline. Popular activities at Lake McClure include boating, water skiing, swimming, picnicking, fishing and camping. The Barrett Cove Marina offers a general store and boat rentals including houseboats, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Fish species at Lake McClure include rainbow trout, black bass, spotted bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, salmon and shad. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Lake McClure Marina on the southwest side of the lake.

Lake McClure
Lake McClure Road
Coulterville, CA 95311
(209) 378-2441

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Englebright Lake is located off Highway 20 east of Yuba City/Marysville. Choose from several 44' and 33' two-story, floating vacation homes or a 30' houseboat. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Englebright Lake with over 10 miles of lake at nearly a quarter-mile wide. Englebright Lake is popular for camping, fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming and sunbathing. Other Englebright Lake boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boats. Fish species at Englebright Lake include bass, trout, salmon, crappie, sturgeon, catfish and more. Houseboat vacations rentals are offered at the Skippers Cove Marina on the southeast side of the lake.

Englebright Lake
Skippers Cove Marina
13104 Marina
Smartsville ,CA 95977
(530) 432-6302

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Central Valley

California Delta - photo courtesy of Seven Crown Resorts

The California Delta is located off Interstate 5 north of downtown Stockton. Choose from 43 to 56-foot houseboats complete with private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on the Delta with its network of waterways connecting three major rivers to the San Francisco Bay, Sacramento and Stockton. Activities on the Delta include boating, water skiing and fishing. Other California Delta boat rentals include fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats, paddle boats, Waverunners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and jet ski rentals. Wildlife is abundant in the Delta estuaries, which includes everything from waterfowl and migrating birds to beaver, muskrat, river otter and turtle. Fish species on the California Delta include striped bass, salmon, bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, shad and more. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Paradise Point Marina on the west side of the Delta.

Paradise Point Marina
8095 Rio Blanco
Stockton, CA 95219
(800) 752-9669

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Pine Flat Lake is located off Highway 180 east of Fresno. One 56 foot houseboat is available complete with 2 private bedrooms, multiple baths, a wet bar, full kitchen, hot tub, sun deck and more. There's plenty of room for houseboats on Pine Flat Lake with over 30-miles of lake. Popular activities include fishing, boating, houseboating, swimming, water-skiing and camping. Other Pine Flat Lake boat rentals include fishing boats and pontoon boats. Fish species on Pine Flat Lake include small-mouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, rainbow trout and wild trout. Vacation rental houseboats are offered at the Pine Flat Lake Marina on the southwest side of the lake.

Pine Flat Lake Marina
30801 E. Sunnyslope Road
Piedra, CA 93649
(559) 787-2506

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