Do we have to start our vacation on a certain day?
No. We do not require you to begin your houseboat vacation on any specific day of the week. Midweek trips are 10% off the daily rate and begin on a Monday or Tuesday and end on Friday or Saturday morning. Midweek trips are either three or four nights in length.
Are pets allowed?
Yes. We ask that you keep your dog(s) leashed while on the property and while you are on land in the park. Bring along a bed/kennel for them to sleep on/in. There is a $50.00 pet fee for your trip.
Is the houseboat easy to drive?
Yes. Our houseboats are simplified down to basic instrumentation so our guests have an easy skippering task. All navigational charts are supplied, and a short course on operating the houseboat is provided when you arrive. The lake is marked with color-coded and numbered buoys which are reflected in your charts making navigation simple.
What is the maximum number of people I can have on a houseboat?
It is a Coast Guard regulation that you can have a maximum of 12 people on a houseboat.
Where can I purchase groceries for our trip?
International Falls has 2 grocery stores:
Super One Foods on Highway 71 | 218.283.8440
County Market 1901 Valley Pine Circle | 218.283.4475
How do we get supplies when we are out on the lake?
If you notice you are getting low on something, please radio the office for supplies. Typically, if you call us on the marine radio the day before with your order, we will have your supplies delivered the following afternoon. If you need something immediately, there is a $65.00 delivery fee.
Do I need a Canadian Fishing License?
Most of our guests stay on the MN side of Rainy Lake, needing only the MN fishing license. If you plan on fishing in Canada, you will need an RABC and a Canadian fishing license. Below are the links for a RABC (Remote Area Border Crossing Permit) and nonresident Ontario Fishing license and Outdoors Card. You need a valid Outdoors Card to purchase a fishing license. If you do not have an Outdoors Card purchase it first before trying to purchase the fishing license. 95% of our guests purchasing a non resident Ontario fishing license get the 8 day conservation license. The sport fishing license does not allow you to keep more than one walleye per day, Conservation is one walleye per day two in possession.
Outdoors card and Ontario nonresident fishing license: https://www.ontario.ca/page/fishing-licence-fees-non-canadian-residents
Here is a link for the form for your personal information if you choose to have Rainy Lake Houseboats get you Ontario fishing licenses.
If you intend on mooring in Ontario you need CROWN LAND CAMPING TAGS for each person 18 years of age or older. These permits are sold on a person per night basis. They can be ordered on the Rainy Lake Houseboat form with your Ontario Fishing licenses personal information. Camping tags cannot be ordered with your online license.
What can I expect when hiring a fishing guide?
A fishing guide meets you at your houseboat at 8 am and fishes with you until 4 pm. Two to three people can fish in the guide's boat, and one follow boat is allowed. Our guides are excellent multi-specie anglers, giving you the choice of what to fish for. He will also go over charts and give you suggestions on where to fish for the rest of your vacation.
What does a spot guide do?
A spot guide will travel along with your group to help you become more comfortable operating the houseboat. You will do the driving, but will be assisted with reading the charts, locating the buoys, and finding a good mooring spot.
How are mechanical problems handled?
Should your houseboat or rental boat/motor need service during your trip, our service boats will be dispatched as soon as possible after receiving your call. We have highly trained mechanical staff that will get you on your way quickly.
How are medical emergencies handled?
All of our houseboats are equipped with a marine band radio. We will respond with either our service boat or by calling the National Park Rangers.
May 9 - Labor Day: Channel 06 | 7:00am - 7:00pm
Labor Day - October 1: Channel 06 | 8:00am - 6:00pm
After office hours, the Koochiching County Sheriffs Department monitors Channel 16 for emergencies.
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What is included in the linen pack?
Sheets for the beds and a bath towel, hand towel and washcloth. Double beds include towels for 2 people.
What if my family needs to contact me?
There is limited cell phone service on Rainy Lake. Verizon works in some areas, ATT in other areas. You can always give your family our office number - 218.286.5391 - if they need to contact you. We will be happy to pass along a message via marine radio to you.
I use a CPAP machine at night. Can I use it on the houseboat?
Yes, you can use CPAP machine. You will need to bring an inverter, and we will supply you with a battery.
What Should I Bring?
Firewood bundles can be purchased at base
IPod with jack to plug into stereo system
Fillet Knife+ Board
Games and Cards Books
Lounge Chairs for top of houseboat and on-shore
Hiking boots/tennis shoes for exploring the islands
Personal Life Vest
First Aid Kit
Camp saw for firewood (Chainsaws are not
permitted in the park.)