Above all else, Lake Powell is known for houseboating. One reason is that we make it easy. Whether you're a seasoned houseboater or a first-timer, we provide everything you need to have the vacation of a lifetime in perfect weather conditions - from instruction and advice to sheets and towels. Houseboaters often say that if you can drive a car or ride a bike, you can drive a houseboat. So let's get started! First, let's go over the details - and then we'll get to the fun part where you get to choose your houseboat.
Choosing the Perfect Houseboat
At Lake Powell, we have many different types and sizes of houseboats for you to choose from to accommodate groups and budgets of all sizes:
- Luxury Houseboats - for guests who want the latest in amenities and lots of onboard space. Learn more about our Luxury fleet of houseboats.
- Deluxe Houseboats - for guests who want many of the luxury amenities but don't require as much onboard space. Learn more about our Deluxe fleet of houseboats.
- Economy - for guests on a budget who don't require a lot of amenities or space. Learn more about our Economy fleet of houseboats.
Enhancing Your Houseboat Experience
Because houseboats are slow moving, most guests use their houseboat as "home base" and choose the thrill of exploring the lake and its coves on a powerboat or personal watercraft. Don't have one? No problem. We have all kinds of water toys to rent - so you can tow them right behind your houseboat.
Operating a Houseboat
Imagine driving a golf cart around the world's biggest parking lot - that's how easy it is to operate a houseboat! In fact, you don't need any boating experience or a captain's license. Houseboats generally move at seven to ten miles per hour, letting you cruise along at a relaxing pace that's perfect for soaking up the sun and taking in the gorgeous scenery and perfect weather. Our experienced staff will teach you everything you need to know and answer all of your questions, so you'll feel like a pro before you even leave the dock. We make houseboating easy and fun!
All of our houseboats have carbon monoxide monitoring devices to monitor the exhaust from the engines and the generator. We work hard to make sure our houseboats are safe, with superb maintenance and regular safety inspections Here are additional safety items for you to know:
- All houseboats are equipped with Coast Guard approved life jackets
- Each houseboat includes a VHF radio for communication with the marinas
- Fire extinguishers and first aid kits can be found aboard all houseboats
With normal precautions and reasonable care, it's easy to make your Lake Powell houseboating vacation safe and memorable. Remember, you're on the water so life jackets are important - especially for little ones (children under 12 must wear their life jackets at all times if on a boat or the exterior of a houseboat). Cliff jumping and cliff diving are prohibited within the boundaries of Lake Powell and its tributaries. Of course, we always ask that our guests protect and preserve this remarkable place for future generations to enjoy!
Reserving Your Houseboat
We encourage you to book your houseboat well in advance to ensure you get the boat with the space and amenities you desire especially if you are choosing to visit in summer months when the weather is perfect for houseboating. However, short-notice reservations can often be accommodated. Also, houseboats rent by the day - much like car rentals. Most houseboats have a minimum rental period of 3 days. A few houseboats require longer for the best deal, you should consider renting for at least 6 days because the 7th day is free.
Now the Fun Begins!
Let's get to the fun part - choosing your houseboat!
Park Entrance Fees
There is a $20 entrance fee that admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers and is valid for 7 consecutive days. The funds collected from entrance fees stay within the park and are used to enhance the experience of visiting the lake. National Park Service fee information is available online at http://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/entrance-fee.htm.