How to Maximize Your Houseboat Rental Experience


Have you ever been on a vacation where it’s the end of the day and you don’t want the fun to end? Having to stop your activities to go back to the hotel is a great way to kill the mood. What if you could continue the fun non-stop? Renting a houseboat while on a lake vacation can achieve ongoing fun like you are seeking. If you have never rented a houseboat, you may not know the tips and tricks to fully optimize your houseboat rental. Even if you have rented a houseboat before, we make have some hacks to make your vacation time that much better. The marina in Calaveras County is a great place to take advantage of for your lake vacation.

Plan Ahead

Really any vacation you take, you need to make sure you plan ahead. However, when on a houseboat, you may not want to make the effort to try and obtain any items you may have forgotten. Lucky for you though, New Melones Lake Marina in Calaveras County not only has a land-based convenience store, there is also a floating store right on the lake! This floating convenience store allows you the ease of access to a fully stocked store of items you may have forgotten or not even thought of. You can find the following along with much more at the full-service convenience stores:

  • Beverages (Beer too!)
  • Snacks
  • Hot and Cold Foods
  • Ice
  • Souvenirs
  • Apparel (Hats, Swimwear, Sandals and More!)
  • Fresh Bait
  • Tackle and Fishing Accessories
  • And More!

*Please take note, the floating store is closed during the Winter months but opens again in April.

Think ahead of how many days you’ll be staying in your houseboat rental on the lake, and plan meals accordingly. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and all the ingredients you may need for your chosen meals. Life jackets are required in the state of California for anyone under the age of 13. We provide life jackets with your boat rental to help us all be compliant with this law. You can bring your own life jackets as well if you prefer. Depending on your houseboat rental, certain amenities are included. Call ahead of time to get a list of what’s already on the houseboat so you don’t have to worry about packing it yourself.

Be sure to bring plenty of activities as well! Bring along plenty of water toys such as inflatables and pool noodles. While on the boat and during the evenings, bring cards, board games, books and music. The houseboat rentals come with either an AM/FM CD stereo or Bluetooth capabilities. Either way, be prepared with your vacation playlist! You can also bring along your furry friend as well. Dogs are allowed on the boat for a $35 fee per dog. 

Water Toy Rentals

Along with your houseboat rental, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of our water toy rentals. We offer the following water toys to rent:girl on wake board

  • Wake Board
  • WakeSurf Board
  • Tube 
  • Kneeboard
  • Water Skis
  • Jet Skis

Try your hand at one, or more of these fun water toys to add to your vacation experience. There are a few things to take note of concerning water toy rentals at New Melones Lake such as walk-in rentals are on a first come first serve basis. So if you want to ensure you have a certain water toy for the day, it’s best to call in and reserve it ahead of time. Your reserved rental will be held for you all day of your reserved day. No matter the time you show up to pick it up, we will have it waiting for you. Just keep in mind there is a 2 hour minimum on all water toy rentals.

Fishing at the Marina in Calaveras County

sunrise fishing viewWhile out on the lake in your houseboat rental, what other great activity is there than fishing? Fishing at New Melones Lake Marina in Calaveras County is an experience to be had that you don’t want to miss out on. The most common fish in the lake are large and small mouth bass and trout amongst many other species. For a detailed fishing report check out Glory Hole Sports. You are also able to purchase a fishing license at Glory Hole Sports which is the closest place to the marina to obtain one. If you’d like to take some time away from the houseboat, you can rent a fishing boat from us and dedicate an escapade on the lake just for fishing. Don’t worry if it is a spontaneous fishing adventure, you can pick up everything you could possibly need for fishing at our convenience store.

What Your Houseboat Includes

Save yourself some packing room and don’t bring the following items since your houseboat rental already has it stocked and ready for your use!

  • Dishes for 16 people
  • Pots and Pans
  • BBQ Utensils
  • Gas Powered BBQ Grill (Propane Provided)

All houseboats have a kitchen with a sink, fridge, and a stove/oven. Onboard is also 1 ½ bathroom with included amenities. All houseboat rentals also have a slide attached for easy and quick access straight into the water.

Being able to spend your entire vacation on the water is a sure way to fill up your memory book. Don’t let the hassle and disruption of a hotel get in the way of your vacation experience. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a houseboat or water toy give us a call at (209) 785-3300 or reach out to us online.

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