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Living in a houseboat for a few days is an unusual way to get away from it all.  It is possible to dive off the boat for a refreshing swim, fish for dinner while sunbathing, and dock in a sheltered, quiet cove for the night.

Houseboats are equipped with kitchens and flush toilets.  Most rental agencies require that renters bring their own bedding, linens, and groceries, but almost everything else is provided on the floating hotel, including life jackets. 

Rates vary quite dramatically depending on the time of year, the size and quality of the boat, and how many people are in the party.  Summer rentals are most expensive, and a group of six to ten people gets the best rates.  Weekly rates begin at around $1,120 for a small boat in off season and go up.  Fuel is additional.  Most facilities offer midweek specials and 3-day weekends; some offer a Thanksgiving special that includes the turkey and pumpkin pie.  During the off-season, rates drop by approximately one-third, and some facilities will rent their boats for just a day.  Contact rental facilities directly for current stock and rates.

Paradise Point Marina  8095 Rio Blanco Rd., in Stockton.

Bidwell Canyon Marina  801 Bidwell Canyon Rd., in Oroville.

Lake Oroville Marina  In Oroville.

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area  In Oroville.  Floating campsites have fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, and sleeping space for up to 15 people.

more information on this area

Bridge Bay Resort  10300 Bridge Bay Rd., off Hwy. 5 below Pit River Bridge, in Redding.  This resort also has motel rooms, housekeeping units, and the Tail O’ the Whale restaurant.

Holiday Harbor  20061 Shasta Caverns Rd., in O’Brien.

Packers Bay Marina  16814 Packers Bay Rd., in Lakehead.

Trinity Lake Resorts & Marinas



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