Adventures on the Everglades

Located at the southernmost tip of the Florida peninsula within the Everglades National Park, your houseboat adventure at Flamingo marina awaits you!

Everglades National Park is a 1.5 million acre wetland preserve on the southern coast of Florida where freshwater meets salt water and whose tropical and subtropical habitat offers one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Often referred to as a “slow moving river”, the Everglades are a network of wetlands and forests originating in Lake Okeechobee, fed by the Kissimmee River, and flows .025 miles per day into Florida Bay.

Your group of 6 or less will choose to stay dockside aboard your 42’ houseboat or captain it yourselves while exploring the exotic scenery and wildlife such as the West Indian manatee, the endangered Leatherback turtle and Florida panther, Blue herring, White tailed deer, Bobcat, Gray fox, American alligator and crocodile (the only region in the world where the two species coexist) and hundreds of species of birds, fish, reptiles and mammals.


Your charming houseboat will make you feel right at home offering queen and full size beds (models vary) a complete galley, air conditioning and your linens and towels (generator can be rented for additional fee). Anchoring is done in open water before nightfall, and suggested areas for safe anchoring will be given. Weather is warm year round making it a perfect getaway if you are ready to get out of your colder winter surroundings.  



A staff member will pilot you from the marina through Buttonwood Canal, as this is a narrow stretch difficult for some that will lead to open water. Just over 3 miles from the marina,…

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Why You Should Spend Labor Day at Lake Powell

If you didn’t spend enough time by the water this summer, it’s not too late to have a little fun in the sun this Labor Day. In fact, we believe that Lake Powell is the best place to celebrate your last weekend of the season. From relaxing on the beach to wakeboarding behind a speedboat, Lake Powell has just what you need to wrap up the perfect summer.

Still need a little more coaxing? At Forever Houseboats, we’ve come up with 3 reasons why you should spend Labor Day at Lake Powell.

Reason #1: You can make lots of new friends!

Because holiday weekends are generally busier on the lake, you’ll likely have plenty of company to mingle with on Labor Day weekend. Luckily, that means many opportunities for you and your family to make new friends and enjoy group activities on the water. 

Reason #2: The views are spectacular, especially at sunset.

Due to the unique, spectacular geography of Lake Powell, much of the landscape and scenery can only be seen from the water. Prepare to be awe-struck by the vast canyons and red glistening walls as you cruise for miles under the warm sun. But the gorgeous scenery doesn’t end there. Once the sun sets, a beautiful display of pink and purple skies reflect off the water consuming your sight. Then at night, of course, you have a sky full of stars to gaze at as you enjoy a peaceful evening on deck. 

Reason #3: It’s the perfect excuse to get away from the day-to-day grind.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s far too easy to forget to slow down and simply enjoy life. When you step aboard one of our Forever Houseboats on Lake Powell, you can leave conference calls and deadlines on the shore behind you. But…

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Which Southwestern Lakes are Best for Fishing from your Houseboat

Look no further than the Southwest for some of the best fishing in the states. Lake Powell, Lake Mead and Lake Mohave each have their own unique qualities that attract anglers near and far. Find out why you should pack your tackle box and rent a houseboat on one of the lakes below.

Lake Powell 

Recognized as one of the top bass fisheries in America, Lake Powell is a prime fishing location. If you’re planning a boating trip to Lake Powell soon, we’ve narrowed down the top places to cast your reel:

  • Good Hope Bay: You’ll find smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as walleye and striped bass here. The bay is large so you’ll have no trouble finding a spot in your Lake Powell boat rental.
  • ​Halls Creek/Bullfrog Creek: This is another great location for largemouth and smallmouth bass because of the heavy plankton growth thanks to the two creeks running into the lake. Some say this area has the biggest bass population in Lake Powell.
  • Upper San Juan River: If smallmouth bass is what you’re after, this is the place for you. In 1984, the Upper San Juan Arm of Lake Powell was one of the first places stocked with smallmouth bass. Still to this does, it’s a wealthy fishing ground for anglers.

Pro tip: The best times to fish on Lake Powell are from late June to mid-October. Within that period, July and August are considered the best months. 

Lake Mead

Another great lake to go bass fishing, Lake Mead stretches over 290 square miles – giving fishermen plenty of space to find their hot spot. You can seek out your own favorite spot too when you cruise to different parts of the lake on your houseboat.

Fish that call Lake Mead their home include: Largemouth and striped bass, catfish, crappie, and…

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Welcome, Rideau Canal!

We’d like to welcome Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada, to the family!

Deemed one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, the Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, and the only canal from its era that is still operational. In 2007, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognizing it as a work of “human creative genius.”

The name Rideau — French for “curtain” — is derived from the curtain-like appearance of the Rideau River’s twin waterfalls where they join the Ottawa River. The canal system uses sections of two rivers, the Rideau and the Cataraqui, as well as several lakes. Winding 202km (that’s 125 miles, for those of us who struggle with the metric system) from Ottawa to Kingston, the Rideau Canal is filled with new experiences waiting to be explored.

Along the canal, there are 24 lockstations and 47 locks. A lock in a canal is essentially a dam, and it keeps the water at the top and bottom from flowing too fast. Each lock on the Rideau Canal has 3 to 4 staff members ready to help out in any way they can as you pass through.

Your group will cruise in comfort as you enjoy Le Boat’s fleet of Horizon houseboats. Each model has a slightly different cabin layout to accommodate up to 12 people, but all boats offer a spacious sundeck with a BBQ grill and sunbathing area. The light and open salon and fully equipped kitchen have large, oversized windows and opens up to a rear seating area through sliding glass doors.

The houseboats depart from Smiths Falls, a central location…

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Do you Need a License to Drive a Boat?

Most people experience a slight degree of nervousness before getting behind the wheel of a houseboat for the first time. However, if you’re familiar with driving a car, then you will have no problem maneuvering a houseboat.

Rest assured that our knowledgeable team at Forever Houseboats will train and answer any questions you may have before you leave the dock.

One of the most common questions we get asked is if a license is needed to drive a boat. We will discuss this as well as answer other frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your first houseboating vacation.

Q: Do you need a license to drive a boat?

A: Yes, you will need to provide a valid driver’s license to drive a houseboat. Additionally, some states require a boating license or safety certification. You can check your state’s boating license rules and requirements here.

Q: Is there a minimum age requirement to drive a Forever Houseboat?

A: Yes, you must be at least 21 years of age.

Q: Are there any safety courses I can take?

A: Yes, in fact if you complete a state approved, NASBLA certified boating safety course, we will offer you a $50 discount on any Forever Resorts houseboat rental! Learn more here.

Q: How can I prepare for my trip?

A: We’ve created a few short video clips to help you prepare for your first houseboating trip. Also, there are several pages on our website with useful information. You’ll learn about safety, the boat’s water system, and how to anchor properly.

Q: Will there be in-person training when I get there? 

A: Absolutely. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you rent a Forever Houseboat for the first time. One of our friendly team members will instruct you on everything you need to know about safely…

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Quiz: What’s the Best Small Houseboat for me?

For first-time houseboaters, or small families looking to spend a few days on the lake, renting a small houseboat is the way to go. They’re easier to maneuver, park, and control in windy conditions. Not to mention they are also the most budget-friendly option.   

If you’re looking to rent a small houseboat on Lake Powell, Lake Mead, or Lake Mohave, take the short quiz below to figure out which is right for you.


#1. When looking at prices…

a. I tend to stick to the cheapest option. 

b. I don’t mind spending a little extra for additional amenities.

c. I’m not too concerned.


#2. I need at least ____ bedrooms.

a. 2 total

b. 4 total

c. 4 private


#3. Width of the houseboat is important to me.

a. Disagree 

b. Somewhat agree

c. Agree! Give me extra space, please


#4. Additional amenities are a must.

a. Disagree

b. I’m fine with a little something extra 

c. Yes! DirecTV access and a wet bar would be a nice addition to my stay.


#5. Are you planning on having a party?

a. No, wasn’t planning on inviting anyone else.

b. Yes, I’m inviting a few friends to join (up to 12 allowed while the boat is in motion)

c. Yes, I’m inviting a whole bunch of people! (Although only up to 12 people are allowed while the boat is in motion)



If you answered mostly a’s you should rent: The 50’ Forever or 50’ XT

If you answered mostly b’s you should rent: The 56’ Getaway or 59’ Deluxe

If you answered mostly c’s you should rent: The 60’ Eagle

To see a full list of houseboats we offer by marina, visit this webpage. Before you book, make sure to check out our special offers page, too! To start your small houseboat reservation, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-255-5561. Our friendly staff will be…

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Just an hour’s drive north of Laughlin, NV sits a 67 mile stretch of the Colorado River called Lake Mohave. A family friendly destination with some of the best recreational opportunities around.

Three of America’s four desert ecosystems converge here: the Mohave, Great Basin, and Sonoran Deserts meet in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. As a result, the seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals. Big horn sheep and wild mules can be seen roaming the shoreline; hawks and owls can be spotted soaring above. Explore the upper part of the lake where you might be able to spot nesting sites of Bald Eagles.

Park your houseboat on one of the countless white sandy beaches that you’ll call home during your stay. Lake Mohave is a year round destination. The water will get up to 80 degrees in the summertime, great for any water sports you can imagine: boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, jetskiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, and swimming. Windsurfing and kite boarding are also popular in this area.

We recommend bringing or renting a smaller boat such as a powerboat to be able to explore narrower areas of the lake. Black Canyon on the northern end of the lake is not to be missed and a prime location for kayaking.



The bass are plentiful, with Largemouth, Smallmouth and Stripers. Prime time for catching Stripers is in April/May and again in September-November. They average at about 8-9 lbs, but can reach up to a record 60 lbs! Rainbow Trout, Crappie, and Catfish can also be found in cooler waters at the northern end of the lake. Rainbow Trout are released…

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The Allure of the PNW

Lake Roosevelt is a 130 mile stretch of the Columbia River that sits nestled between the Okanogan Forest and the Selkirk Mountains in Washington state. Surrounded by pine forested mountains and dozens of trails for hiking, biking and exploring, it’s no wonder it’s a favorite for houseboating and recreation enthusiasts.

Seven Bays Marina is only about an hour’s drive from Spokane, WA. The draw to Lake Roosevelt is that it’s a fairly undiscovered lake. It’s not overly crowded, it’s easy to find solitude in one of the hundreds of coves or sandy beaches.

The best way to experience the lake is by boat. Park your houseboat on a secluded beach and make it your home during your stay. Slide off the top deck and splash into the refreshing aquamarine water, or take a couple of kayaks to explore your surroundings.


With diverse terrain, the northern part of the lake will offer densely forrested shoreline, and the south will have more cliffs. A popular attraction about halfway between Seven Bays and Keller Ferry Marinas is “Jumping Rock,” a rock with different levels to jump from.

There are several waterfalls to explore. Running Bare Falls has a private cove for houseboats, and Hot Creek waterfall (about 15 minutes from Seven Bays) has a protected bay and room for several houseboats. 

The wildlife in this area is spectacular; wild horses can be spotted on the reservation side north of Seven Bays, black bears roam the shoreline in September in search of chokecherries, and if you look close enough to the treetops you might spy an eagle.


Be sure to bring your fishing…

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4 Best Winter Houseboating Destinations

If you’re looking for a winter getaway that doesn’t include packing heaps of snow gear, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are four of the best winter houseboating destinations for those looking to enjoy sunshine and good times.

1. Lake Powell

With over 2 million annual visitors, Lake Powell tops our list of best winter houseboating destinations. The simple reason is because once the weather cools down, certain activities become more enjoyable. Take hiking for instance. Would you rather hike in 100-degree weather or in cooler temps? We suggest the latter. While visiting the area, make sure to plan a visit to Antelope Canyon and Rainbow Bridge, two of the most popular attractions in southern Utah.

2. Lake Mead

Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the world, spans over 247 square miles and contains over 26 million acres of water. That’s a lot of room for a houseboat excursion. Enjoy tranquil waters and large open spaces to satisfy your need for an escape from everyday life.

Can you think of anything that pairs well with a peaceful day on the lake? You guessed it: fishing. Lake Mead is a prime location for anglers, specifically those who are looking to catch their fair share of striped bass. It doesn’t matter what season you visit Lake Mead because the fish are always biting. 

3. Lake Oroville 

North of Sacramento, Lake Oroville consists of 167 miles of forested shoreline, which is a nice change of scenery for the desert dwellers. Wintertime temps aren’t too bad either, with an average high of 59 degrees and sunny skies, you won’t freeze your tail off at this houseboating destination. Like others, Lake Oroville is another leading spot for bass fishing. Several fishing tournaments are held here every year.

4. Lake Mohave 

One of the smaller lakes on this list,…

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Good times Below the Surface; Your Intro to Scuba Diving on Bull Shoals Lake

When you think of Bull Shoals lake I am sure you think about its unsurpassed beauty, crystal clear waters, serene and quiet coves and houseboating! Perhaps you think about fishing or water sports, laying out or catching up on a good book. But have you ever considered going outside of the box and taking it to the next level? Have you ever thought about exploring not only “the Caribean of the Midwest’s” surface and outskirts but its underwater beauty as well? If so… scuba diving may be the missing link in making your houseboat vacation everything and more.

No certification? No equipment? No problem! Bull Shoals lake boat dock will offer diving Instruction, Certification (P.A.D.I), sales, rentals and repairs. Night dives are also offered if you are feeling frisky.

Water temps are never freezing ranging from the 50’s in the winter to the 80’s in the summer and visibility is a minimum of 15-30 feet, making this a prime destination for scuba or snorkeling. The top 15 dive spots below will awaken your adventurous side and give you a glimpse into what possibilities await you.

1. Wreck of the S.S Minnow- 20 feet deep. Off the south side of Gilligan’s Island, swim south from the 2 willow trees to a depth of 20 feet. Turn east to the line and follow it to the wreck.

2. Destroyer Escort- 30 feet deep. East of Gilligan’s Island, near the clump of the willow trees, swim east to a depth of 20 feet. Turn north to the line to the wreck (careful of the live torpedo).

3. Iowa Farm- 35 feet deep. North side of Gilligan’s Island. About the center of island find the line…

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