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Houseboat Vacations

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A houseboat Vacation has been penciled into my bucket list, so does anyone have any experience with such a vacation? Lake Vermillion in late August/September is what I am thinking of..

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I have done a couple of trips with Rainy Lake Houseboats.  Once in the spring for shallow eyes and once in the fall to fish the reefs, both were a good time even if the weather was not ideal.

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2 hours ago, hoppe56307 said:

I have done a couple of trips with Rainy Lake Houseboats.  Once in the spring for shallow eyes and once in the fall to fish the reefs, both were a good time even if the weather was not ideal.

can you tell me anything about price, size of boat? Thanks

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A friend has done the Vermilion houseboat thing and loved it.

 

I think Vermilion is better marked with respect to hazards if that matters to you.

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http://www.rainylakehouseboats.com/houseboats/voyageur/

 

I think this was the one we were on, I was part of a group so it was fairly reasonably priced with 6 guys early in the year.  They will even drive you to a spot for a small fee, which is worth it cause they will also help you secure the boat once you get there, but driving them is not all that hard.

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I think about how to plan my housboat vacation. Do you have amazing ideas? 

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We did a bachelor party trip a couple years back out of Crane Lake.  This is the only one I have experience with, so it may be apples/oranges when comparing to Vermillion.  We can't control the weather and all that - so I won't comment on that.

 

We had 5 guys and rented one of their fishing boats to pull behind us as well.  We also did their meal plan, so they supplied all the groceries and that was all part of the price.

 

The trip itself was a lot of fun.  It's a unique vacation, and fun.  I liked being on the water all day, docking in a different spot each night, having a bonfire and all that.  We went all the way to the Kettle Falls Inn, had a beer there etc.  It definitely lived up to my expectations.

 

We didn't slay the fish, but then I was really the only angler in the group. I hit it hard one day with some success.

 

When it was all said and done - with the houseboat, fishing boat, food, gas etc., etc....it came out to be about $700 per guy...for a 4 day/3 night trip. Not cheap, but not outrageous considering everything we got.

 

In hindsight, I would have done our own menu and purchased our own groceries.  I would also bring my own fishing boat.

 

That's an overview - I can share more if you have other questions.

 

 

 

 

 

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