Many families have stayed in hotels, vacation cottages, RVs, or even in rugged campsites during their past vacations, but what about a houseboat?
A houseboating vacation is traditionally a new experience for many Shasta Lake visitors, but this picturesque corner of northern California is an ideal spot to get your feet wet!
Shasta Lake is renowned as the “Houseboating Capital of the World,” and with endless waters to explore, it’s a safe and scenic destination to launch an inaugural houseboating vacation.
But if you’ve never stayed on a houseboat before, and are curious about this kind of accommodations, what do you need to know?
It starts with these FAQs that will map out the highlights and considerations for your houseboating stay, from the moment you depart the docks.
1. How many people can a houseboat accommodate?
You can bring up to 12 people onboard your family vacation with our larger vessels, such as the Grand Sierra Ex.
2. Are houseboats safe for children?
Houseboats are very safe for kids and feature some safety features from sturdy railings to lockable sliding doors. Our more exclusive houseboats even feature a waterslide that was designed with kids in mind.
3. Will you get motion sickness on a houseboat?
Houseboats naturally have very little motion involved, and when combined with the flat and calm nature of Shasta Lake, it is virtually impossible to get motion sickness while on a houseboating vacation.
4. Can I bring pets?
Pets are always welcome onboard our Bridge Bay houseboats! Just be sure and bring along all essential pet supplies, including food, medicines, leash, and lots of water toys.
5. Where do you sleep on a houseboat?
Because our houseboats can accommodate up to 12 people, you’ll find ample sleeping arrangement options for large parties which range from private bedrooms to penthouse bedrooms, to pull out but comfortable sleeper sofas.
6. Is there running water and power on a houseboat?
Not only does a houseboat have water and power, but they can also offer:
- Full kitchens with a stove/oven and refrigerators
- Music system for upper decks
- Indoor and outdoor lighting
- A myriad of other everyday conveniences that make your houseboat feel like a home in no time at all
7. Is it hard to drive and dock a houseboat?
Not at all. Most newcomers pick up all the information they’ll need at our orientation, which occurs right when you arrive.
This 1-2 hour session will explain everything you need to know, (with ample time to answer any questions you may have), and after a little time on the water, you’ll feel comfortable cruising and enjoying adventures throughout your vacation.
8. How long should my vacation be?
The length of your stay is entirely up to you! Come and escape for a long weekend if you want to take a houseboating vacation out for a test drive, or spend a week or two to explore everything that Shasta lake and its myriad of attractions has to offer.
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A houseboat is a phenomenal type of accommodation that will have you hooked in no time at all!
- Ample room for everyone in the crew
- Plenty of amenities
- Gorgeous waterfront views in every direction