No other Houseboat Company can match our service!
We are not the largest houseboat operation but we are the BEST in customer service!
Just arrive at Northernaire and we will have our dock personnel take care of all your worries.
We require a 3-night minimum stay.
Check-in and Check-out available daily!
Share the details for your houseboat vacation. We will assist in booking your stay on Rainy Lake!
Complimentary amenities included in every reservation:
Items NOT Included in Rental Charges
Do not travel if winds are 15+mph. Download windy.com on your phone and keep an eye on winds a couple days ahead at all times to make sure you are close enough to get back to base on time.
Not sure which boat to book? Request info:
Tow Behind: you can bring a personal boat or rent one from us
Policies & Permits
Houseboat Permits are required for Voyageurs National Park
Houseboat Permits are required for Voyageurs National Park. Park permits are required during your stay in Voyageur National Park and cost $15/night. Please go to www.recreation.gov to obtain your permit. This needs to be printed and brought with you on your trip. Our dockhands will put them in the pocket protector sleeve on the houseboat for you when you arrive.
A deposit is required to secure your reservation. This deposit will be returned to you at the end of your houseboat trip, after a full inspection of the boat and equipment. Gas charges and any miscellaneous charges will be deducted from it. (Does not apply to the Aurora). We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cashier's checks, or personal checks for your reservation deposit. If paying by check, your deposit is due within 10 days, or your reservation will be cancelled. Deposits will be refunded only if a written request for cancellation is received at least 90 days prior to the boarding date of your reservation. A $175 processing fee will be charged on all refunds. No exceptions.
The Aurora requires a total deposit of $2,200; $1500 is non-refundable.
Your payment is due when you arrive. Payment on the Aurora is due 90 days before arriving. When paying for your reservation, we will accept cashier's checks, travelers checks, cash, Visa, Discover, or Mastercard (no personal checks) in one transaction. Credit card transactions will have an additional fee of 3.5%. Further, 6.875% Minnesota State tax and a 3% lodging tax will be added to the total charge.
Customers will need to call 1-2 weeks prior to departure time to receive their specific arrival time, when boat will be ready.
No houseboat will be allowed to leave the dock after 4:30 p.m.
Check out at the office includes payment for houseboat rental, miscellaneous rental, and optional hull insurance. You will sign a bare-boat charter agreement that puts the responsibility of the boat in your hands, and be given a complete set of navigational maps. For those with a dog, you will go through a pet agreement form. The form goes over the cost of any damages (if they should happen) by your pet and that you will be held responsible for those charges.
Once you have unpacked and parked your vehicle in our lighted lot, a spot guide will give you a thorough orientation of the boat and its operations. They will guide you out on the lake approximately 4 miles, allowing you to drive the houseboat, read the navigational maps and buoys, and just feel comfortable with the boat - so you can relax and enjoy the beauty of Rainy Lake.
The houseboat is required to be back by 9 a.m. on the day of your return.
When coming back to Northernaire, radio us when reaching Marker #10 and a guide will come out to your boat and drive it back to the dock, taking away all worries.
Pets not allowed on Aurora.
Max of 4 pets allowed on other boats. The cost is per trip, and varies by number of pets:
1 pet - $50
2 pets - $110
3 pets - $180
4 pets - $250
What to Bring