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    Default House boats on Roosevelt

    Anybody here ever rent one?
    Who did you use and any tips?
    We are thinking of going in July to celebrate a couple graduations.

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    We've gone over there a couple times with the jets. Stayed at the River Rue campgrounds at night and played on the river during the day. We saw the house boats there at the docks and thought about it... till we heard how much they cost. Don't remember the number, but it was pretty high.
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    I went about 4 years ago. The place moved since, it was up by a bridge I think it was called Ferry something? THAT WAS THE BEST VACATION OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!! And thats concidering a trip to Disney World. It is expensive and that is why I havent gotten back, but every time someone mentions it I allways think I need to go back. The boats were awesome, hot tub, slide, lots of beds, gas pump on board! You just head out and find your own private spot and hang out!

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    Yeah, The price is about the same as the airfare for 4 to Maui.
    Going to split it with another family.
    Now I need to finish the Rayson craft to drag behind,

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    Check with Keller's Ferry, bring a couple more family's with ya to share the expense!
    I don't know why but you need a reservation, every time I go to Rosy there seems to be more house boats on the trailers than on the water. Most will bring a smaller boat tied to the back of the house boat with jet skies behind that, just like a marine train!.........................

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    Thanks for the input guys

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    Well crap. Time for Plan B.
    I just spoke with RRE Houseboats on Lake Roosevelt.
    It seem they are closing. The National Park serivce is not renewing the concession contracts on Lake Roosevelt.
    Seems there maybe NO houseboats on the lake.

    So has anyone ever rented a houseboat on Trinity Lake??

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    Good those damn barges just ruin the water for us flatbottom guys!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayson Kid View Post
    Well crap. Time for Plan B.
    I just spoke with RRE Houseboats on Lake Roosevelt.
    It seem they are closing. The National Park serivce is not renewing the concession contracts on Lake Roosevelt.
    Seems there maybe NO houseboats on the lake.

    So has anyone ever rented a houseboat on Trinity Lake??
    RRE is one of a couple of rental agencies, and I think they were the cheapest. We rented from them almost 15 years ago. It was awsome, and Id love to do it again. We towed two ski boats behind our houseboat no problem, and slept in a different cove every night.

    The way they worded their letter on the website made it sound like they couldnt come to an agreement with the national parks service over money, and not that the NPS is getting rid of houseboats. I believe you have to purchase the right to operate a business on the lake, and because of the economy, they couldnt justify paying the NPS for the operating rights, and still make money at the prices they charge.

    If you check out the other houseboat places on the lake, I think they get close to 6 grand for a week on the water during prime season, but it drops to like 4 grand off peak, and really, the best time to go is the week after labor day. Still hot weather, but all the kids are back in school!

    Oh, and pay attention to the "Do Not Camp Here" markers on the houseboat camping map. Those markers show KNOWN coves and beaches that get hammered by the wind and have wrecked more than a couple houseboats.
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