Information for Booked Guests
Arriving at Rainy Lake Houseboats, you will be greeted by friendly staff who will assist you in any way possible. A quick stop in the office to go through paperwork including the optional hull insurance, and you will be ready to board your floating home. Our knowledgeable dock staff will acquaint you with your houseboat explaining the “ins and outs” of houseboat operation. You will be shown the mechanics as well as how to use the marine radio, read charts, locate buoys and find the routes of the “Voyageur.”
After your thorough briefing, our staff will assist you in driving your houseboat out into the bay making sure you are comfortable navigating. Take over the helm and your adventure begins!
Houseboat Pre-Boarding Checklist
Second deposit paid, due 1 month before arrival date.
Order optional houseboat items via email:
Nearest groceries can be obtained at:
View our list of recommended items to bring with you on your houseboat trip!
To fish on Rainy Lake on the American side, you must obtain your Minnesota Fishing License (required for those 16 and older). These can be purchased in the Rainy Lake Houseboats office or at a Minnesota outdoors outfitter location. Here are the license types available.
Mooring (attach/anchor to shore) on Rainy Lake is required from sundown to sunup. There are many sites on Rainy Lake at which to moor your houseboat. We will provide you with navigational charts to these sites. Park permits required, and will be issued upon arrival.
95% of our guests do not land on Canadian shoreline, anchor or hover with another boat in Canadian water. The information below is for the 5% that plan on landing on Canadian shoreline.
Beginning September 5, 2018, SVRS will no longer be in service and float plans will no longer be accepted. Boaters looking for a new, faster way to report their arrival and/or apply for a registered boater program may use the CBP ROAM app, available for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Boaters may also continue to report their arrival via designated telephone reporting numbers if desired.
As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) comprehensive effort to improve the security of our nation’s borders while enhancing legitimate travel, CBP has launched the CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (ROAM) app. The only time you ever need to use the app or report to U.S. Customs Border Protection is if you have landed, anchored (does not include spot locking with an electric motor) or hovered with another vessel in Canadian water.
There is no need to report if you cruise, fish, etc. without touching Canada soil.
For those of you who land or camp on Canada shore can report back in to the United States on Rainy Lake Houseboats CBP Roam I Pad located in the Rainy Lake Houseboat office or download the CBP Roam app from Google Play for Android phones or the APP store for iPhones before you come to Rainy Lake Houseboats. People landing in Canada do need a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit. The information for applying is found below under the Remote Area Border Crossing Permit header.
To cross into Canadian waters, you must obtain your Remote Area Border Crossing Permit. To obtain this, you may do so by mail (recommended) or by visiting the Canadian Border Crossing Check-In building in Fort Frances. Here is the website to begin the mail application.
To purchase a Canadian fishing license, you must purchase an Outdoors Card. This can be done by visiting this website. We can also pick these up for you if you contact us at least 2 weeks before your arrival. Should you choose to do so, you can use this form to email or mail in to us for ordering these cards.
Obtain a Canadian fishing license. The recommended license to purchase is an 8-Day Conservation License. This can be done by visiting this website. We can also pick these up for you if you contact us at least 2 weeks before your arrival. Should you choose to do so, you can use this form to email or mail in to us for ordering these cards.
Crown Land Camping Tags
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.
We have wonderful fishing guides available to show you a wonderful time on Rainy Lake. Their costs are $365.00 per day. We recommend booking them as early as possible if you would like the guide experience.
All houseboats are required to be moored to shore from sundown to daylight. There are numerous National Park designated sites throughout the park. Additionally, there are about 150 traditional sites on Rainy Lake. All of the sites are clearly marked on the navigational charts supplied with your houseboat. If you are looking for a specific type of site, for example, a sandy beach, your briefer can provide additional suggestions.
Navionics has a downloadable app for your smartphones or tablets
Search for Navionics Boating in apps store on your device. Scroll down until you find the Navionics logo with Boating US & Canada. The cost is $9.99. Download the app to your phone and you are ready to go.
The plotter map shows your houseboat in real time on the chart on your phone screen. You do not have to have cell service to use the app. Take your phone fishing and use it to zoom in on fishing structure, it is amazing.
Directions to Rainy Lake Houseboats from International Falls
From the corner of US Hwy 53 and Fourth Street in International Falls turn proceed 9.8 miles on Highway 11 East. Turn left on County Road 138 (Gold Shores Drive). Proceed 3/10 mile to County Road 102, turn Right travel 8/10 mile to our houseboat office.
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How much fuel will the houseboat use?
The gallons listed by length of stay and model of the houseboat is the average customer usage in three-day, four-day, and seven-day stays.