Dog-friendly Houseboats

Dog-friendly Houseboats in California

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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By land or by lake with Redding as a basecamp

Exploring Shasta State Historic Park. Photo by Choose Redding.
Exploring Shasta State Historic Park. Photo by Choose Redding.

Much of what makes California great—rugged mountains, serene lakes, top-shelf food and wine, culture, and community charm—anchors the Redding and UpState CA experience. This wide-open wonderland is dotted with all kinds of activities. Hike storied Shasta Cascade trails. Marvel at magnificent waterfalls. Get travel tips from the locals over happy hour drinks. Then, overnight in Redding and enjoy new northern California adventures tomorrow. more »

Dog-friendly Road Trip North: The Compass Points Toward Redding

Kayla at Turtle Bay
Kayla at Turtle Bay

Heading north out of Sacramento on Interstate 5, the goal is to base camp in Redding, the Shasta Cascade's largest city. One of the top sights includes the iconic Sundial Bridge, spanning the Sacramento River. It bisects a paved, 16-mile, dog-friendly trail that eventually leads to Shasta Dam. Redding prides itself as “California’s Trail Capital,” with 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of town. Search trails and download a map heremore »

Redding Family Fare (Dogs Included of Course!)

Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge
Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge

Bringing the gang to Redding? Bunk down at a pet-friendly hotel like the Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge. It is on the Sacramento River, adjacent to trails and attractions and makes a great base camp for a family getaway (see other dog-friendly lodging options here). more »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »

Go for a Gusher With Your Dog

Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation
Upper McCloud Falls / Photo: @cjthedalmation

OK, COVID-19 cost us some waterfall viewing time during their March/April peak flows, but the many waterfalls within an easy drive of where you are staying in Redding are still flowing.

For a quick taste, visit Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir. It’s right off Interstate 5 via a short path, has a generous parking lot, a viewing platform for photo opps and a cave beneath the falls for sensory thrills (your dog may or may not want to go there, so be alert!) more »

Hop On A Houseboat With Your Pup

Photo Credit: buckygail (CC)
Photo Credit: buckygail (CC)

Water, sun, stars, memories. A houseboating vacation provides them all, plus a lot of novelty for first-timers.

While Shasta Lake is justly known as the house-boating capital of California, it’s not the only body of water where you can herd your friends and family (including your pup, of course) aboard and say “anchors aweigh” on a slow-moving, waterborne vacation. more »

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 »

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