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!



Due to a change on, Rainy Lake Houseboats can no longer obtain Voyageurs National Park (VNP) Houseboat permits for our guests. Guests can, and must, get their own VNP Houseboat permit. To obtain your VNP Houseboat Permit, follow the directions near the bottom of this page.

Rainy Lake Houseboats apologizes for any inconveniences. Guests will not see any VNP Houseboat Permit charges on their houseboat bill, as they will have paid the $10/night fee prior to arrival at Rainy Lake.

Houseboat Pre-Boarding Checklist

» One

Obtain your Voyageurs National Park Houseboat Permit for your trip dates at
Directions can be found toward the bottom of this page.

» Two

Make your second deposit payment.
Due one month before arrival date.

» Three

Order optional houseboat items via email.
Items include boats, motors, linens.

» Four

Purchase groceries for your houseboat trip.
Groceries can be obtained in International Falls at:
• Super One Foods | Highway 71 West | 218-283-8440
• County Market Foods | 1901 Valley Pine Circle | 218-283-4475

» Five

Verify your arrival time with Rainy Lake Houseboats
To confirm, call 218-286-5391 or email us.

» Six

Complete your houseboat manifest and send via email or mail.
*Required for insurance purposes

» Seven

View our list of recommended items to bring on your houseboat trip!



» Eight

Print your Voyageurs National Park Houseboat permit from
Directions can be found below.

  • Voyageurs National Park Houseboat Permits (NEW!)

  • Minnesota Requirements

  • Canada Requirements

Fishing Guides

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 guided experience.

Mooring Sites

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.

Navigation Apps

Navionics has a downloadable app for your smartphone or tablet.

Download the Navionics app for your smartphone and use the plotter map which shows your houseboat in real time. Cellular service is not needed.

Easy to download, with a 15-day free trial. Take your phone fishing with you and use it to zoom in on fishing structure—it is amazing!

Directions to Rainy Lake Houseboats

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.

GPS Coordinates
N 48 36.023’
W 093 11.294’

How much fuel will the houseboat use?

The gallons listed by length of stay and model of the houseboat is the average customer usage stays.

3 Day
4 Day
5 Day
3 Day35
4 Day43
5 Day50
3 Day47
4 Day58
5 Day67
3 Day55
4 Day73
5 Day82
3 Day70
4 Day93
5 Day105
Gold Rush
3 Day90
4 Day111
5 Day118
Lady of the Lake
3 Day105
4 Day127
5 Day142