How do I check boat and houseboat availability?
Checking availability via e-mail is nearly impossible. The inventory fluctuates from minute to minute. Your best bet is to select a vacation date and fill out the on-line request form. You will NOT be required to pay a deposit at that time. Please note, we submit your request as soon as it is received. We must wait for a hard copy of your reservation before we are able to send you a confirmation. Generally this takes a few days, however, unless you hear from us that your request is not available, a reservation was most likely secured for you and is being processed. Upon receipt of your request, you will receive an e-mail message acknowledging our receipt of your reservation.
If the boat is indeed available, we will reserve it for you. You will then have approximately 10 days to provide a credit card to
secure the reservation. If you do not respond, the reservation will be cancelled. Please note that all correspondence is generally handled via e-mail so we recommend you check
your messages at least once a day.
Boats from Callville Bay require deposit up front.
Can you please explain the check-out/check-in procedures?
At Callville Bay Marina, stop by the boat rental office at the docks
any time after 8 a.m. and prior to 10 a.m. Be sure to have all your paperwork and the full names of everyone in your party.
Upon arrival, you will see a large, brick circular drive in front of a store/cafe, lounge, restaurant and administrative offices. The boat
rental docks (where you check in) are located to the left of this building where you will see a large number of houseboats lined up in a row. To the right are private docks and launch
ramp -- you do not want to go there unless you are launching your own boat.
After finalizing your paperwork at the boat rental office, you will be escorted to your boat. The Captain and Co-Captain will remain behind
to attend a brief instruction course. During this time, the rest of the crew should load the houseboat. Once the Captains have completed their course, a marina employee will give final
instructions on returning the boat.
Your boat must be unloaded, cleaned and fueled by 2 p.m. (and there is a charge for every 15 minutes beyond this time, so start early). Upon
your return, and after your houseboat has been fueled, your boat should be unloaded and cleaned by your crew. A responsible member of your party should again check the inventory. Once a
marina employee has checked your boat, you will be free to leave.
As a side note, small gratuities (a few dollar tip) go a long way.
What about early boarding?
At Callville Bay,
you may sleep board your houseboat the evening before your departure. Rates vary from $250 to $550 (plus tax) depending on the model of the houseboat. You MAY NOT
leave the marina. If this is an option you are interested in taking advantage of, you should book this as soon as possible.
Upon arrival, check in and complete your initial paperwork. At 8 a.m. the following morning, you will follow the standard check-out
A limited amount of early boards are available on a first come, first served basis and reservations must be made in advance. We
recommend you reserve this option before you pay your deposit.
Can anyone pilot a houseboat and is there a special license required?
All rental boats are designed for ease of operation and durability. You must be 21 years of age and present a valid driver's
license. A foreign or International driver's license acceptable, but a passport alone is not enough. No special boating licenses or skills are required. The captain must understand
English well enough to receive instruction.
Upon checkout of your boat or houseboat, an experienced instructor will be assigned to you for an orientation session. This individual
will show you how to operate all equipment on your vessel. Also, you will be shown how to pilot the boat.
How long will our orientation be?
Orientations range form 1-2 hours, depending on how many questions you have and how much houseboating experience you have. Orientations
for your trip are on a first come/first serve basis starting at 7 am during summer season and 8 am during value season.
What amenities and equipment are provided on the houseboats?
All Lake Mead houseboats are fully stocked with all eating utensils provided for the maximum capacity allowed on the boats, e.g. if you
have a houseboat with the capacity for eight passengers, you would be provided with all necessary eating utensils required for eight people. We strongly urge you to
bring disposable utensils, plates and napkins.
Cooking utensils provided include bowls, pots, pans, cheese grater, cutting board, cutlery, pitcher, coffee makers and filters,
toaster, microwave, can opener, blender, hot pads, ice pick, ice chests and wine opener. We recommend you bring your own plastic storage containers.
Also included on each boat is a broom, dustpan, mop, bucket, fly swatter, garbage cans, garbage bags, toilet paper, toilet bowl brush,
soap, dish drainer and mat, dish rags and pot scrubbers.
At Callville Bay, you will find paper towels, hammer, anchor stakes and ice chests.
Outdoor equipment and supplies include two anchors and lines, deck chairs, captain's chair, ash trays, 2 built in ice chests,
hammer, anchor stakes, personal floatation devices (life vests), and gas grill.
All houseboats have a stove and range, shower and bathroom, window coverings, air conditioner, dining room table, interior and exterior
lights, as well as stairs to the roof of the houseboat which is fully accessible by you. Please note, you cannot ride on the upper deck while the boat is underway.
Callville Bay 59' and 65' houseboats have one propane refrigerator and one electric refrigerator. The 70' Millennium offers two baths;
the 59' houseboats have 1 1/2 baths and the 50's houseboats offer one bath.
Are linens and bedding provided?
At Callville Bay, linens are provided for each bed on board the houseboat, but not for the boat maximum capacity.
If the houseboat's capacity is 12, what do we do with the extra passengers in our group? Do infants
count toward the number of passengers?
Infants, toddlers and small children all "count" toward the number of people on the boat. Toddler life vests are provided, but
infant life vests are limited to availability. You should bring an Coast Guard approved personal flotation device for your infant. Please request toddler life vests when checking out your
At Callville Bay, you may not exceed the houseboat capacity.
If you have "extra" bodies that you would like to bring along, we recommend renting a ski boat or personal watercraft. The
extra people will have to ride in this while you are moving on the Lake (the ski boat and/or personal watercraft cannot be towed behind with the riders in it). The advantages are many.
You 'll have an extra vessel for exploring, and making trips to one of the many marinas on Lake Mead. This allows you to establish a base camp with the houseboat and to
explore the lake in vessels that travel faster than houseboats and are much more maneuverable.
Can we ride on top of the boat? Can we tow personal watercraft? Can we transport our personal watercraft on
the deck of the houseboat? Can we tow our rental boat?
You cannot ride on the upper deck while the boat is underway.
You may NOT tow rental
personal watercraft behind your houseboat. You MAY tow rental powerboats and an instructor will show you the proper method for towing. Personal watercraft are not permitted on the houseboats as they damage the houseboat deck. Any damage caused by putting a personal watercraft on the deck will be charged against the damage deposit. You MAY tow your own personal watercraft and your own boat as well, however, you will need to provide your own tow ropes.
How much fuel will we use on our trip? How much does it cost? Can we bring extra fuel for watercraft?
You MAY NOT
store extra fuel on your rental houseboat or rental powerboat. Fuel prices at Lake Mead fluctuate throughout the season. All rental houseboats discussed here use unleaded gas and not pre-mix.
Houseboats use approximately 6 to 8 gallons per hour depending on size of houseboat, traveling speed, weight and weather conditions. The
two-cycle boat holds 200 gallons of fuel which a cruising speed of approximately 8 to 10 mph, consuming 3 to 4 gallons of oil. Every boat has a generator (110 AC plugs/9-12.5
kilowatt) which will use approximately another 2 to 5 gallons of gas per hour, depending on use. Your generator powers your air conditioner, most lights, some electrical appliances and
May I take my boat or houseboat anywhere on Lake Mead and what destinations should I plan on visiting?
You may take your houseboat anywhere that is accessible on Lake Mead and any closed areas will be shown to you at the time of check out.
Generally, areas are closed due to submerged hazards. Marina employees can inform you of great fishing spots as well as more secluded areas of the lake.
Where do we dock at night? Can we anchor in the middle of the Lake? Are there beaches to camp on?
Lake Mead has many large sandy beaches which are perfect for overnighting.
Dropping anchor in the middle of the lake is impossible as it is several hundred feet deep. You may drop anchor in the shallow areas of
the canyons, however, a beach is more desirable.
If you wish to swim in the middle of Lake Mead, turn off your engines, wait till the boat stops moving and jump in. One person should
remain on board. NEVER operate the engines while people are in the water or using the slide. Please note, you should be out of the main traffic areas (main channel) before
enjoying a dip in the lake.
Are slips available for overnight?
Slips are available based on the number of nights. Please e-mail for additional information.
Can we bring our household pets?
At Callville Bay, pets are not allowed.
What kind of refrigerators are on the houseboat?
At Callville Bay,
the 70' Millennium features a full-size refrigerator; the 59' and 65' houseboats have one electric and one propane, the 50' houseboats offer propane refrigerators. At Echo Bay
, all are propane. Unlike the one in your home, the 8 cubic foot refrigerator on board must be lightweight and operate on propane, not electricity. Because of this, the
manufactuer uses less insulation; therefore, the refrigerators don't run as cold as your home unit.
When temperatures reach 95 F or higher, we recommend using ice chests with regular ice or dry ice (not provided) for products that are
perishable, such as meat and dairy products (dry ice not available at resorts). Be sure to use frozen ice packs (e.g. Blue Ice) or put food in ziplock bags to keep melting ice out
of food stored in the ice chest.
We do not recommend bringing ice cream, popsicles or an products that require the use of a freezer.
We recommend that you use the refrigerator for other food products, such as fruit and vegetables.