What’s it like to drive a houseboat? Do guests need prior experience before renting from Voyagaire?
Driving a houseboat is somewhat similar to driving a console boat, just on a bigger scale. To be honest, most of our guests have zero experience driving a boat this size before renting with us. Before you head on the water, our knowledgeable staff with walkthrough everything with you. Their job is to help you understand how to drive and navigate the boat and they won’t leave you until you’re comfortable. We will help you get the boat away from the dock when you depart, as well as moor the boat for you when you get back.
Always remember when you’re on the water, we are just a radio call away.
What advice do you have for a first time houseboater?
The best piece of advice is simply ‘don’t overthink it.’ If you’re apprehensive, just know we won’t let you venture out until you’re entirely comfortable. From the time you walk in to the time you walk out, our goal is help you achieve some of the best memories of your life.
How are emergencies handled?
If you ever need to get a hold of us, the radio is the best way. Throughout most of the Park, cell coverage is pretty limited. We do have someone that stays on Namakan Lake throughout the houseboat season, so they are much closer if something does go awry.
In the event that a medical emergency did occur, we are fortunate to have a number of EMTs available within just minutes of the resort.
What licenses or permits are required to use a houseboat in the area? What if guests want to venture into Canada?