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Houseboating Vacations

It’s the type of vacation that many people don’t even know about and if you have heard about it, you might have been hesitant to give it a try. At first glance, taking a boat this size out on the water can be intimidating. Let us walk you through a few things about a houseboat vacation to ease your mind and explain exactly what it is.

Houseboating is a unique way to get close to nature while still having all the comforts of home. Looking from the front deck of your houseboat, you’ll see thousands of acres of beautiful, pristine Center Hill Lake, while on the inside you have the best luxuries that even the finest hotels cannot provide.

There is no other vacation setting that allows a group of people to stay together under one roof with the ultimate relaxed atmosphere. No waiting in lines. No stressful crowds. Just you, your family and a lake waiting for your adventure.

So How Does This Work?

You do not need a special license to drive a houseboat. In fact, after a 30-minute lesson from one of our captains you’ll be off and running on your own looking for fun and sun.

You will receive instructions on how to drive the boat, anchor, and information on running your appliances. If you ever need a refresher, lesson guides are on every boat that can walk you through every step. You can always call us on phone or radio as well.

After leaving Hurricane Marina, there are many secluded coves to choose from. You’ll want to find one before the day is over. There is nothing like finding your own little hideaway cove, anchoring down and enjoying the evening under the stars. The possibilities are endless.

What Can We Do on the Lake?

Center Hill Lake is an 18,220-acre lake that features 255 miles of shoreline. The lake was created by the construction of a dam across the Caney Fork River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began construction in 1942 and completed construction in 1948. The lake is located near Smithville, Tennessee which is about an hour drive east of Nashville, TN. Center Hill Lake offers a wide range of activities for water and outdoor enthusiasts.

Recreational activities at Center Hill Lake include, boating, camping, fishing, picnicking, wildlife watching, scuba diving, swimming, sailing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, water skiing, hiking and biking

Fishing at Center Hill Lake is one of the favorite activities of lake visitors of all ages. All fisherman age 13 or older are required to have a valid Tennessee State fishing license. Fish from bass to bluegill can are caught year-round and can be caught from the shoreline or from a boat. Fishing boats are available for rent at a number of the lake marinas. Professional fishing guides are also available for hire.

Scuba diving is allowed at Center Hill Lake. Please remember that if you are scuba diving at Center Hill all divers are required display a Diver Down flag in the area where they are diving.

Also, choose one of our amazing auxiliary rentals to go along with your houseboat and you open a world of fun! You can’t go wrong with one of our, super-fun pontoons. You’ll also get a discount by adding one of our small rentals to your vacation package. 

Is Houseboating Right for Me?

If you like creating your own adventure, spending time with friends and family, having a unique peaceful vacation; all while spending less than you would at any major vacation resort or theme park attraction, then the answer is an absolute yes!  

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