Houseboat with sunset hitting the side of it
Enjoy the solitude of Voyageurs National Park with the conveniences you would find in a home.

Houseboating is one of many ways to get out to explore the solitude of Voyageurs National Park but have the amenities of home at your finger tips. All houseboat rentals are commercially operated by companies located just outside the park boundaries. For more information on those companies and houseboating opportunities view the Local Accommodations section in our park newspaper.


2017 Overnight Regulations for Houseboats, Sailboats, and Cabin Cruisers

  • Houseboats include commercial and private Houseboats, cabin cruisers, and sailboats. They are required to get a “Houseboat Permit” for overnight stays from or the call center at (877) 444-6777
  • Vessels with the following must get a “Houseboat Permit”:
    • on-board sleeping facilities
    • cooking and food storage facilities
    • a no-discharge toilet.
  • If the vessel does not include all of these on-board facilities then visitors must get an Overnight FrontCountry “Camping Permit”
  • Reservations will be available November 15th annually for the following season (May 1- October 31).
  • Each Houseboat must have their own Permit displayed on the back of the vessel
  • Houseboat Reservations will not be site specific -- rather for overnight stays
  • Designated Houseboat sites may be used by Houseboats, on first-come, first-served basis
  • Houseboats may stay at an undesignated site as long as they are at least 200-yards away from any developed site or structure, or another overnight visitor.
  • There is no limit to the number of houseboats allowed in the park at one time
  • There will be a $10 fee per night, for each night in the park, (ex: 5 nights = $50)
  • If you cancel a reservation before you print the permit, you will forfeit the first nights fee -- $10
  • Once you print your permit there will be no refunds
  • There is a limit of two houseboats per each designated houseboat site
  • Houseboats wishing to pitch a tent must reserve a tent site for those in the party who want to do this. However, a Houseboat may not moor at a tent site.
  • Houseboats are allowed to stay overnight in the two group campsites, R-74 on Rainy Lake and K-54 on Kabetogama Lake. The group campsite limit is at least 14 and no more than 30 people.
  • No discount passes (Senior Passes or Access Passes) are accepted for overnight houseboat or camping fees at this time

Last updated: June 21, 2017

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