If you’re new to Shasta Lake, new to renting a houseboat, or new to all the above, then chances are that you have a lot of questions before you board.
A distinct and wholly unique way to vacation, relaxing on a houseboat may seem a little off-the-beaten-path at first, but you’ll soon discover that it’s one of the best ways to enjoy a truly relaxing getaway.
On a houseboat, you’ll have ample time with the family, waterfront views in all directions, and endless opportunities to have fun while exploring one of northern California’s favorite natural destinations.
So, before you move forward and make your reservation for the vacation of a lifetime, start by reviewing the Shasta Lake FAQs below that are commonly asked by first-timers.
Once you’re here and in vacation mode, (and all your questions are answered), we have a feeling that – like so many of our Bridge Bay vacationers – you’ll end up being a repeat guest for years to come.
1. How Do I Book?
New guests are often delighted to find that booking a Bridge Bay houseboat vacation is a simple venture.
Reservations can be easily made online with just a few clicks, and our knowledgeable Reservation Agents are always happy to answer any questions you have about your upcoming getaway.
2. How Many Folks Can Come?
The great thing about our houseboats is that they are large, roomy, and can accommodate plenty of loved ones!
Our largest houseboats can sleep up to 13 guests and feature two bathrooms, a kitchen, quiet decks and sleeping areas, and even a waterslide!
Smaller parties of 8-10 people can also be easily and comfortably accommodated in some of our slightly smaller vessels, like the Summit or the Cascade. Click here for more info on boats available!
3. Will You Provide Instructions and Safety Info?
Yes! When you first arrive, you’ll have a detailed but comprehensive 1-2-hour orientation, which is dependent on your specific questions, as well as your houseboat experience.
This initial session will ensure that you have all the info you need and will provide plenty of peace of mind for a vacation that’s smooth sailing from start to finish.
4. Is There a Quiet Place to Anchor at Night?
An enticing aspect of 300-mile Shasta Lake is that there are plenty of private and secretive coves where you can enjoy miles of peace, and a good night’s sleep.
Remember, we are happy to provide tips on where to go, and what to see, during your easy-going vacation travels on the water.
5. Do I Need a CA Boater Card?
Maybe. Beginning in 2019, everyone under the age of 25 must have a CA boater card to drive a vessel on Shasta Lake.
6. Can I Bring a Pet?
Yes! Pets are family members too, after all, and are welcome aboard your houseboat.
7. How Much Gas Will I Need?
Though it varies, expect to use about 6-8 gallons of gas per hour, depending on the size of your vessel, your traveling speed and distance, the weight of your vessel, and the weather conditions.
There are ample marinas with fuel throughout the Shasta Lake region.
8. Why is a Houseboat a Great Way to Vacation?
The answers to this question are endless! On a houseboat, you have miles of on-the-water fun at your fingertips, as well as a brilliant setting, ample family time, and continual opportunities to relax and enjoy the view.
From your first launch into Shasta Lake to your last night under the stars, a houseboat supplies a simply unforgettable vacation experience.