Please read these Rules and Regulations carefully so you'll know what to bring, what is provided, and what to expect on your vacation. The staff at Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats would like to make your trip as pleasant and memorable as possible.
With your reservation confirmation, you will receive a detailed list of what you should bring with you and what is supplied with your houseboat.
Departure and Return
A three-day minimum rental is required for a reservation. Boarding time is between 1 pm and 3 p.m. and return time on your final day is 9 a.m.
A deposit is required to secure a reservation. Deposits/payments are non-refundable.
Mooring at Night
Houseboats are required to be beached overnight. Voyageurs National Park has a multitude of well-spaced, secluded beaches to secure your houseboat for the night, they are marked on your navigational charts. All houseboats are equipped with mooring lines, and beaching procedures are part of your check-out instructions before leaving the dock.
Boats, Motors and Guides
A fishing boat and motor are required with each houseboat. You may either bring your own boat and/or motor or rent them at the Lodge. We are a Yamaha dealer and all of our outboards are replaced with new 4 stroke Yamaha motors every year and are maintained by our well-trained staff of mechanics. Fishing, hunting, and tour guides are independent contractors and are hired directly by you. Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats will be happy to help make arrangements for you. Please call ahead of time so one will be available to meet your needs.
There is a convenience store nearby where you can purchase a MN fishing license and basic grocery items. Once you depart on your houseboat, there are no stores or gas stations within 25 miles. Voyagaire Lodge & Houseboats operates a daily hospitality service that can deliver gas, bait, ice, food or most anything you may need while on your vacation.
You are responsible for any service, damage or loss of equipment other than mechanical problems. You will be required to sign a bare-boat charter. The boat will be checked prior to departure and upon return.
Voyageurs National Park requires all houseboats to have and display an overnight permit. The permits are not site specific and all sites are first come first served. Please visit http://recreation.gov to purchase your permit. Please be sure to print your permit before you arrive.
Payment is due 90 days prior to arrival. Gas tanks are filled prior to departure and refilled on your return. You only pay for the gas you use. Payment can be made by bank cashier's check, personal check, cash, or credit card.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover
March 2020 Update:
At this time, our deposit policy has not changed. In the unlikely event that Voyageurs National Park is closed during your planned vacation, then we will offer full refunds. A houseboat vacation will be a great choice if we are still in a time of recommended social distancing. Our houseboats are always disinfected after each trip, and family/friends will truly enjoy and appreciate the peaceful, solitary beauty of Voyageurs National Park, especially after this difficult time.