Dog-friendly Houseboats

Dog-friendly Houseboats

If you live in Northern California, you don’t have to travel far to have a vacation that will bring out your inner Huck Finn. As we at DogTrekker.com can attest, kids and pups love the houseboating experience.

Here are some of our favorite stories about houseboating. Also, check out our listing for dog-friendly houseboat rentals in California.
 
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Say Anchors Aweigh on Shasta Lake

King of the boat, Shasta Marina. Photo Credit: @allison_starr
King of the boat, Shasta Marina. Photo Credit: @allison_starr

If ever there were a summer to go house-boating, this is it! Shasta Lake—house-boating capital of California and maybe the world—is as full of water as regulators will permit it to be, allowing boaters to pull right up to shore and walk off onto land. The lake’s 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cove after cove where you can anchor out in solitude or bob in the company of others. more »

Sniffing Out Exceptions to State Park Rules

Georgie smiles big at South Yuba River State Park <br/>Photo Credit: @una.bella.vita
Georgie smiles big at South Yuba River State Park
Photo Credit: @una.bella.vita

Most California State Parks restrict canine companions to campgrounds, day-use picnic areas and paved roads, but we’ve found a trio that allow four-paw venturing on dirt trails. more »

Houseboating Nuts and Bolts

Houseboat Dog
Houseboat Dog

Think of a houseboat as a slow-moving RV that takes a long time to turn, and you get an idea of what piloting one is like. Some rental companies require designated navigators to have previous boating experience, although most will accept novices. At any rate, you'll be put through an extensive orientation before shoving off. more »

Water Safety and Your Dog

Scarlette ready for a day on the water.<br/> Photo Credit: @mademoizealous
Scarlette ready for a day on the water.
Photo Credit: @mademoizealous

Some dogs love swimming and splashing. Labs, poodles, Brittanys and other hunting breeds seem born with an instinct to seek out places to get wet. But other dogs don't like water at all, may not have learned to swim and may not be comfortable on boats. more »

Where to Float Away

Floating away. Photo Credit: Björn Söderqvist (CC)
Floating away. Photo Credit: Björn Söderqvist (CC)

Northern California has more houseboating opportunities than any other state in the Union, but a little homework is always in order. For comprehensive information and comparisons, check in with Forever Resorts, biggest player in the state, and with web-based booking agencies houseboating.org and houseboats.com, each of which represents multiple operators. Meanwhile, from north to south, here are some premier places to float your boat. more »

Houseboating on Lake Shasta With Your Dog

Dog on a houseboat
Photo Credit: Danny Wischenbarth (CC)
Yes, water levels are low this summer, but Shasta is a huge lake—and it’s also the houseboat capital of California. Rentals are available from several marinas, and the lake's 360 miles of jagged shoreline are indented with cove after cove where boaters more »

Houseboat Haven

Dog on houseboat
Ruffin' it on lake Shasta. Photo: Houseboats.com
If your idea of a truly relaxing vacation is a fresh-air filled week with the family, houseboating could be just the ticket. Whether you choose a bare bones model geared to fisher-folk or a floating palace that can handle a crowd, there are  plenty of dog-friendly houseboat options to choose from.   more »

Make a Wake

Make a Wake
Hiking isn’t the only way to enjoy autumn in the Redding area. This is a year of extremely low water levels at Shasta Lake (in early September, the lake was at 45 percent capacity), but fishing is nevertheless robust, and it’s great off-season deals are yours for the picking on dog-friendly houseboat vacations. Not up for a big expense? Rent a patio boat or a fishing skiff from Jones Valley Resort or other locations, load up the dog and spend a morning casting a line and looking for bald eagles roosting in treetops along the shoreline. more »

Just Lake It

Photo Credit: The Humane Society of the United States (CC)
Photo Credit: The Humane Society of the United States (CC)

The moon is bright, the water calm. An owl hoots, a fish flops. Fido perks his ears. No, you’re not camping: You’re floating through the weekend on a houseboat.

Whether you opt for a stripped-down model sleeping six or a floating palace that can handle a crowd, there’s nothing like a waterborne vacation to bring out your inner Huck Finn. more »

Bark If You Like Houseboating

Little Dogs On Houseboat
To look at beautiful, blue Shasta Lake is to want to be on it, and there’s no better way to soak up the scenery than on a houseboat. Seven marinas on California’s largest reservoir maintain fleets of houseboats for rent, and Shasta is considered the houseboating capital of the world. more »

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