The Vacation of a Lifetime — In a Place Unlike any Other.
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 with planning your perfect houseboat vacation!
Deciding which marina to depart from is typically location driven.
- Wahweap Marina in Page, AZ is the most convenient location if you’re coming from California, Arizona, Nevada or Southern Utah.
- Bullfrog Marina in Bullfrog, UT is the most convenient location if you’re coming from Colorado, New Mexico, or Northern Utah.
Not all houseboats are available at both marinas, so the marina decision could also be made based on the type of houseboat you want to rent.
Special Note: Park Entrance Fees There’s a $20 entrance fee collected at the park gates for both marinas. The fee admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers and is valid for seven consecutive days. The funds are used to enhance the experience of visiting the lake. National Park Service fee information is available at http://www.nps.gov/glca/planyourvisit/entrance-fee.htm.
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.
- Deluxe Houseboats for guests who want many of the luxury amenities but don't require as much onboard space.
- Economy Houseboats for guests on a budget who don't require a lot of amenities or space.
Be sure to check out our Houseboat Comparison tool, which will make selecting the right houseboat easy and fun.
We encourage you to book your houseboat well in advance of your desired vacation dates to ensure you get the boat with the space and amenities you want – especially if you are choosing to visit in summer months when the weather is ideal 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 three days. A few houseboats require longer rentals for the best deal. You should consider renting for at least six days because the seventh day is free.
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 powerboats and water toys to rent – and you can tow them right behind your houseboat.
All of our houseboats have carbon monoxide monitoring devices to monitor the exhaust from the engines and 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 years of age must wear a life jacket at all times when on a powerboat, towable water toy 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.
The best way to make sure you enjoy every moment of your visit to Lake Powell is to plan ahead. We've put together some fantastic sample itineraries to make your houseboat experience diverse and rewarding, so you can pack it in and do it all.
We are pleased to offer you three suggestions to help you with meal planning:
- "Do-It-Yourself" Meals
When you plan all your meals in advance and create one complete grocery-shopping list, it’ll ensure you have everything you need once aboard your houseboat. If anything’s forgotten, it’ll mean returning to the marina for supplies.
- Grocery Delivery Program - Wahweap Marina Only
Captains & Crews Lake Powell Houseboat Delivery provides our houseboat customers with a large selection of products and produce conveniently delivered to your houseboat on the day of departure.
- "Chef on Board" Program - Wahweap Marina Only
Hire one of our professional chefs to come out on your houseboat with you and he/she will take care of all of your meals.
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.
One of the most enjoyable parts of houseboating on Lake Powell is the unbeatable feeling of getting away from it all. But getting away from it all also means getting away from the convenience of having a store right down the street. That’s why it’s important to pack carefully—so you’ll have everything you need and can focus on having fun!
The following items are suggestions provided by our houseboat planning experts. We’re sure you’ll think of many more things you’ll want to bring on your houseboating trip—but this is a good starting point:
|Reservations confirmation paperwork and photo ID-Contract holder only|
Food Preparation Items:
|Firewood for evening fires on the beach & s'mores (available for purchase at marina store)|
|Ice (available for purchase at houseboat dock)|
|5 gallon water jugs (available for purchase at houseboat dock)|
|Favorite playlists downloaded to your phone or iPod|
Fishing license, tackle & poles - to help catch your dinner:
|Small ice chest - to store all the fish you catch|
|Disposable aluminum pie plates (we'll teach you how to use them on your anchor line when anchored to the shore to prevent land critters from boarding your houseboat)|
|Musical instruments, playing cards and games for evening entertainment|
|Lounge chairs - two are provided, and we also provide deck chairs|
|Water skis, tube & kneeboards (available for rent at boat rentals)|
|Tent or canopy with poles (set up shade on beach area)|
|Battery-powered lamp, flashlight and headlamp (for extra light on the beach)|
|Binoculars (to help find the perfect beach)|
|Extra camera storage so you can take pictures back home to brag about your ultimate vacation|
|A book, e-reader or tablet to catch up on some reading|