Houseboating News Editions

Learn more about houseboating and the family of Forever Resorts marina locations all across the USA. Each newsletter issue offers information on safe boating,
vacation planning and sample itineraries - and of course seasonal special vacation packages to help you get the most of your next houseboat trip.

​4 Things You’ll Need for the Perfect Winter Houseboat Vacation

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re seeking a fun way to spend a few nights away from home this season, houseboating is the perfect getaway. At Forever Houseboats, we offer rentals for winter houseboat vacations on some of the best recreational lakes in the Southwestern United States. But before you set out on your boating vacation, you’ll want to plan on bringing a few additional items aside from the basic packing list to keep you comfortable.

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​Best Sight-seeing Spots at Lake Powell

Category: Houseboat Lake History

Lake Powell is one of the most impressive sights in the Southwest. Nestled on the Arizona-Utah border, the lake has over 250 square miles of surface area – making it the country’s second-largest manmade lake. It’s a huge recreation and tourism spot, attracting around 2 million visitors each year.

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​3 Simple Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

Looking for a couple easy dishes to make on your holiday houseboat vacation? At Forever Houseboats, every single boat in our Forever Fleet has a fully-equipped kitchen and BBQ grill. Almost anything you can make in your home kitchen can be made on a houseboat. However, most travelers prefer to spend their time onboard relaxing instead of cooking. That’s why we compiled a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes for a no-stress feast on the water.

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​How to Prepare your Kid for a Fishing Trip

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Preparing your child for their first fishing trip can be exciting, especially if fishing with your dad was one of your favorite pastimes. Carefully planning your vacation can make all the difference in ensuring you and your child will enjoy this time together. If you’re struggling to figure out how to properly prep your little one before the big trip, here are a few helpful suggestions.

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​4 Best Reasons to Houseboat in the Winter

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Summer is the most popular season for houseboat trips. In fact, a lot of people don’t even realize that houseboat rentals are available in the winter. But winter on the water is one of the best-kept secrets of houseboating – especially in the Southwest, where winter temperatures are most comfortable.

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How to Beach Your Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Setting out on your first houseboat expedition can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Rest assured that you are perfectly capable of maneuvering and beaching your houseboat, provided you pay close attention to the instructions given to you before leaving the marina. Feel free to spend your day enjoying the lake, but keep in mind you’ll need to beach your houseboat before sunset. If you’ve never beached a houseboat before, here’s what you’ll need to do.

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​3 Best Family-Friendly Hikes at Lake Powell

Category: History

Craving a little adventure on your next vacation? Lake Powell has several popular hiking destinations along its shoreline, where you can secure your boat and exercise your sea legs. Here are a few relatively short, easy, family-friendly hikes you’ll want to witness while you’re there.

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​How to Prepare a Thanksgiving Meal on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

Spending your Thanksgiving holiday on a houseboat may sound a bit odd, but don’t knock it before you try it! If you’re looking to do something a little different this year, spending Turkey Day on the lake might just be exactly what you’re looking for. Because all our Forever Houseboats include a full kitchen, cooking up your feast on a boat isn’t as hard as you might think.

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Fishing in the Fall at Lake Mead

Category: Fishing Adventures

Lake Mead is an angler’s paradise. Known for hosting several bass fishing tournaments throughout the year, it stretches over 290 square miles – giving fishermen plenty of space to find their “hot spot”. Before you head out on your Forever Houseboat during the cooler months, there’s a few things you’ll want to know.

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​How to Have Halloween on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Tired of the same old routine every Halloween? Why not switch it up this year by spending the spookiest holiday of the year on the water. Renting a Forever houseboat is an ideal way to start a fun, new holiday tradition. With marinas at Lake Powell in Arizona and Lake Mead on the Arizona-Utah border, residents in Arizona, California, Utah, and Nevada can reach the lake in just a few hours. Invite your friends and have the best Halloween night to date.

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​Top 3 Attractions at Lake Powell

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Lake Powell draws an estimated two million visitors each year – and for good reason. Created by the damming of the Colorado River at Glen Canyon, Lake Powell is surrounded by stunning sandstone cliffs. Nearby, a handful of natural landmarks rival the gorges and rock formations of the Southwest’s most famous national parks.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Operating a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re nervous about piloting a houseboat for the first time, you’re not alone. Luckily, when you rent a Forever Houseboat, you don’t just show up and get the keys. Vacationers receive a houseboat manual and instruction guide for their specific boat after making a reservation. This gives first-time pilots plenty of time to study the manual and watch instructional videos before their houseboat vacation. Read everything over thoroughly and your family will think you’re a natural on the water.

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​Exploring the Mines and Historic Sites of Lake Mead

Category: History

Nevada’s Lake Mead was once a booming mining town. Early Native Americans first mined salt in the Echo Bay basin that now sits submerged under the lake’s more than 26 million acre-feet of water. As claim jumpers headed West in search of gold and other precious metals, small mining towns sprung up.

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​Houseboating on a Holiday Weekend

Category: Houseboat Tips

If you’re planning on spending Labor Day at the lake, you’re not alone. Last year, 37% of Americans traveled for the 3-day weekend – about ten percent more than in 2015. The increase in holiday traffic led to booked hotels and crowded tourist attractions.

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​Top 3 Hidden Gems of Lake Powell

Category: Houseboat Lake History

Lake Powell is one of the most impressive sights in the Southwest. Nestled on the Arizona-Utah border, the lake has over 250 square miles of surface area – making it the country’s second-largest manmade lake. It’s a huge recreation and tourism spot, attracting around 2 million visitors each year.

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​How to Stay Sun-Safe on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Lake Powell is one of the largest man-made lakes in the nation. There are over 90 side canyons to explore, plus 1960 miles of shoreline. Dozens of sandy beaches provide endless opportunities to soak up some rays. Whether you’re sunbathing and fishing on your houseboat’s upper deck, setting up towels on the beach or hiking to Rainbow Bridge (note: permit required), it’s important to protect yourself against sun damage.

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​Where Should I Take a Houseboat Vacation?

Category: Houseboat Vacations

You’ve got your vacation destination in mind. You know you want to tour the Southwest, maybe visit the Grand Canyon or see your favorite band live in Las Vegas. Best of all, you know exactly where you want to stay – on a houseboat! From the awe-inspiring vistas of Lake Mead to the quieter shores of Lake Powell, Arizona and Nevada offer a range of recreational lakes where you can play, stay and fish without ever leaving your “home away from home.”

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Best Ways to Anchor your Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

One of the most common questions we hear at Forever Houseboats is, “What is the best way to anchor my houseboat for the night?” While it is absolutely necessary to safely secure your houseboat each evening, it doesn’t need to be intimidating for first-time houseboaters. We’ve compiled our top tips to ensure your houseboat is safely and securely in place at the end of the day.

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5 Ways to Have Fun on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Vacations

Houseboats are a unique alternative to hotels or bed-and-breakfasts. You get the comfort and convenience of a private home, plus the ability to jump in the water or cast a line any time of day.

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​The Perfect Lake Mead Houseboat for Your Family

Category: Houseboat Vacations

America’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead was created by the damming of the Colorado River near Las Vegas. At 112 miles long at full capacity, the lake is a popular area for tourists looking for outdoor recreation and adventure off the Strip. Lake Mead offers opportunity for kayaking and canoeing, as well as sport fishing, hiking and swimming.

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Fishing with your Family on Lake Powell

Category: Fishing Adventures

Created when Glen Canyon was dammed and flooded in 1966, Lake Powell is the state’s second largest man-made lake (the first is Lake Mead at Hoover Dam). The lake gets its water from the Colorado River and several of its tributaries. When full, it is 560 feet deep and 186 miles long. With deep, calm waters and more than 161,000 acres of surface area, Lake Powell has become one of the Arizona’s top destinations for fishing and other water recreation. 

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Breakfast on a Houseboat

Category: Houseboat Tips

Maybe you love to cook, or you just don’t want to venture far from the water to eat every meal. That’s why we’ve equipped our Forever Houseboats with all the comforts of home, from gas grills for nighttime barbecues to refrigerated compartments for storing essential ingredients. Your houseboat rental includes a dining area for family meals and countertop space for preparing food. From plates and cups to cookware and utensils, we’ve thought of everything you might need, whether you’re just popping in for snacks or making gourmet meals from scratch.

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​Honoring Our Military Heroes On Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. Nearly 40% of Americans travel over the long holiday weekend. While we at Forever Houseboats love the promise of hot temperatures and great grilling that every Memorial Day brings, we never forget the true point of this holiday. That is why we are proud to honor the Americans who have given their lives in service of our great nation.

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​The Girls’ Getaway Where You Can Really Get Away!

Category: Houseboat Tips

When you think about a vacation with your best girlfriends, renting a houseboat may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but maybe it should. Houseboat trips aren’t just for the guys! The whole point of a girls’ getaway is to get away – from work, from household responsibilities, from everything! On a houseboat vacation, you can leave the stresses of daily life on the shore. Here are a few tips to make your houseboat girls’ getaway extraordinary.

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