How to Plan a Houseboat Vacation When the Lake is Frozen

The pace of life moves a little slower during winter, but at Rainy Lake we’re already looking forward to the next houseboating season. 2018 is sure to be a year of great fishing, hiking and boating adventures, and there will be no better place to experience it all than Voyageurs National Park. There’s no better time to set up your Rainy Lake trip than now, so if you’re wondering how to plan a houseboat vacation when the weather outside is frightful, we’re here to help.

Do It Your Way

While nearly everyone enjoys their time on Rainy Lake, some people are disappointed to learn the specific houseboat they wanted is booked on the only dates that work for their schedule. This mostly comes down to the fact that our booking process is first come, first served, and you risk missing out on your desired vessel if you wait too long. Check out our houseboat fleet page and get the boat with the amenities you’re looking for.

Start Making an Itinerary

If the cold weather is going to keep you cooped up most of the time, you might as well start daydreaming about warm, sunny days on the water. While you don’t have to plan all the details for your next houseboat vacation, you can take a look at our navionics map to start making a mental map of all the pit stops you’d like to make. The map is also useful for scouting potential fishing spots — something our guides will help with once you arrive.

Learn More About the Park

Voyageurs National Park is a marvel to behold, and it’s the only National Park in the state. While pictures don’t do it justice, take some time to look through the gallery on the park’s official website. From there, you can learn more about the ecology of the region, and what makes it so unique. Understanding nature’s balance in this pristine environment is sure to make your next vacation at Voyageurs much more rewarding.

Think About What to Bring

No, you don’t have to know exactly how many paper plates to bring at this point, but you can start thinking about the essential items you’ll want to take on your trip. If you think you’ll be spending a good amount of time swimming, now is a great time to get big savings on summer items. You may also want to consider larger purchases, like a new camera to capture the incredible surroundings before summer sneaks up on you.

Make a Resolution

As we approach the new year, don’t wait to do what you want. Make a resolution to have fun in 2018, and follow through by booking a houseboat on Rainy Lake. We’ll answer any questions you have and set you up with an experience that is truly one of a kind. Reach out to us today!

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