Plan Your Trip

Getting started

Reservation Deposit
For vacations priced less than $5,000.00, the deposit will be $500.00. For vacations priced $5,000.00 or more, the deposit will be $1,000.00. Your deposit will be applied towards your first payment which is typically due 6-months prior to your vacation date. Final payment is due 4-months prior to arrival.

What forms of payment are accepted?
If you’ve got money and want to spend it on a great vacation, you’ve found the right place!  We accept all major credit cards and cash.  Personal checks are not accepted.

What if I need to cancel my vacation?
Reservations may be cancelled within five (5) days of booking.  Cancelling your reservation beyond five (5) days after signing your agreement will result in forfeiture of your Reservation Deposit and other applicable charges.

PACK LIGHT:

The MANDATORIES:

  • Bedding (or sleeping bags) and pillows for each bed (light blankets may be useful for cool nights)
  • PACK LIGHT – Swim suits, flip flops, sneakers, coverups, shorts and t-shirts, a little something for cool nights….it’s literally all you will need
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand and Dish Soap
  • Towels – beach towels, bath and hand towels, and paper towels
  • Games/Cards/Water Toys & Equipment/Binoculars/MUSIC
  • A camera – you’re going to want to document this!

The MUSTS:

  • FOOD and Ziploc bags
  • Safety First – life jackets for kids and infants
  • Sunscreen (waterproof is best!)
  • Ice (you can purchase this in the Marina Store upon arrival)
  • Matches
  • First Aid/Insect Repellant
  • Water
  • Chargers for all those electrical devices
  • A sharpie – mark your name on a disposable cup and cut down on waste

Other items to consider based on your planned activities:

  • Beach chairs
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Ski equipment
  • Fishing gear – including a license which is NOT sold at either marina store
  • Beach games – horseshoes, whiffle ball & bat, ladder golf, etc.

WHAT THE HOUSEBOAT WILL PROVIDE IN THE KITCHEN

  • Flatware for 14 (Nova, Galaxy) & 6 (Explorer)
  • Glassware (for every purpose imaginable!)
  • Silverware
  • Knives (Cooking, Steak, etc.)
  • Pots & Pans
  • Bakeware (Cookie sheets, Oven Safe Pans/Dishes, Mixing Bowls)
  • Kitchen Utensils (Measuring Cups, Spatula, Spoons, Cheese Grater, Garlic Press, Pizza Wheel, Church Key, Wine Opener, Mixer, BBQ Tools, Oven Mits, Hot Plates, Meat Scissors, Whisks, Tongs, Can Opener, and much much more!)
  • Electric Skillet (Nova & Galaxy Only)
  • Coffee Maker & Filters (Nova & Galaxy Only)
  • Toaster
  • Blender (yeah margaritas!)
  • Tupperware Set

CHECK-IN AND CHECKOUT

CHECK-IN begins at 3pm. Boat Return is promptly at 10am on the day of your CHECKOUT.

Prior to departure, you will be given:

  • Houseboat orientation tour
  • Systems briefing
  • Safety briefing

After your orientation, you will be driven out of the marina and given a short lesson on beaching and the rules of the lake. All boats must be beached every night…otherwise you will be called to the National Park Service principal’s office.

WHILE YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT

Start & Return Time
Houseboat boarding begins at 3pm on the trip’s start date and houseboats are due back by 10am on date of return. Be timely…$250.00 per hour will be charged for late returns.

We don’t offer early boarding. A friendly neighbor is enjoying the lake on the very same boat that you are itching to take out. Trust us – you’ll enjoy every extra minute at the end of your vacation too!

Pets
For the health and safety of all guests to Lake Roosevelt Adventures, pets are not permitted on or around the houseboats. Service animals are however welcome to accompany their owners.

Fuel
The houseboat has one 140 hp Volvo Penta inboard/outboard engine that burns 4-5 gallons per hour. The larger boats include a generator to recharge the boat’s battery system. Typically, you will need to run the generator 3-4 hours per day to keep the system charged and engine normally burns one gallon per hour. Because these boats have a single motor, they are very economical to operate. The price of fuel is controlled by the National Park Service. And no, we can’t tell you how much fuel cost to consider, because that’s totally dependent upon your escapades on the Lake!

Generators
During your orientation, you will be instructed when to turn the generator on. The power meter is color coded (Green-Good, Yellow-Getting Depleted, Red-Charge Now).

Follow the placarded generator operating instructions STEP BY STEP. Many systems can be run for hours on battery power, while certain systems, like the hot tub jets, dishwasher, and air conditioner require the generator to function.

DO NOT EVER SWIM NEAR THE BACK OF THE HOUSEBOAT WHILE THE GENERATOR IS RUNNING.

Is there fresh water on board?
Yes, 105 gallons for the Nova & Galaxy Class, and 30 for the Explorer Class for consumption. All other water running in the houseboat (shower, dishwashing, etc.) is filtered lake water.

EMERGENCY VHF COMMUNICATION
For Nova & Galaxy Class guests, your houseboat is equipped with VHF Marine Radio. This radio is monitored during the day. Use channel 16 for emergencies and initiating contact only. Channel 2 (not 02) is available for weather forecasts.

BACK TO REAL LIFE

Departure
On the last day of your vacation, your houseboat should be floating outside the log boom at 10:00am. (You will not be allowed to drive the houseboat inside a marina boundary line.) For your safety and ours, we kindly ask that everyone is packed and ready for offload at this time.

When you arrive at the log boom , please call “Lake Roosevelt Adventures Operations” on VHF Channel 16 (Nova/Galaxy) or 509-725-7229, which is the Seven Bays Marina. Our staff will come out and drive you to the dock.
(Please note, the marina does not open until 9:00am, so don’t be alarmed if no one answers prior to that hour.)

Fueling Up
Once at the fuel dock, we recommend sending people to the parking lot to retrieve cars and take them over to the houseboat dock – it’s easiest this way.

THINGS TO DO:

  • Take all trash off the boat and to the dumpster located by the boat launch)
  • Pay our friendly team members for fuel
  • Finish unloading