Dieses Houseboat besitzt auf einer Flache von 18m? ein Schlafzimmer, Badezimmer mit Dusche und einen Wohnbereich mit offener  Kuchenzeile. Besides its romance and history, it is statistically impressive as the third largest river system in the world. But the Upper Mississippi that runs 857.6 miles north from Cairo offers tremendous boating opportunities. Both the navigation charts and Google Earth show the incredible number of backwaters, sloughs and lakes between the shores.
Beginning in southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa, you enter a unique area of the Upper Mississippi River Basin known as the driftless and coulee regions. It is characterized by steep narrow valleys and tall bluffs, some wooded and some of sandstone and limestone.
For 261 river miles, the shoreline is part of the Upper Mississippi River National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. In addition, there are coves off the channel also created by the Corps as temporary sites for holding dredged material. So whether in a cove or on a sandbar, people fish, swim and have beach fires surrounded by majestic bluffs. Their training includes helping people understand there is a slow but steady current that affects boats so they teach pilots to land going upstream. They explain how to read the navigation charts that show the channel and identify navigation structures such as wing dams. Renters who want to travel to different pools are taught the simple procedures for locking through. They use low-, medium- and high-season pricing and there are specials as well as military and senior discounts. The company that is the farthest south is Boatel’s Houseboat Rental in historic McGregor.
These are basic models with different themes favored by cost-conscious customers, many of whom return year after year to anchor out in the many backwaters and lakes in the area.
Upstream at UMRM 662.5 Right Descending Bank (RDB) in Lansing, Iowa is SS Houseboat Rentals. The bigger boats are all custom built, wide bodies outfitted and decorated like private boats.
Just upstream and above Lock and Dam 4 is Great River Houseboats at the full service Alma Marina, UMRM 754 LDB.
That activity becomes even more memorable at night when the tow boats use their 1,000 watt Xenon searchlights to scan the shoreline and search for buoys.


Following one rental, a patron approached the folks at Fun N' The Sun and made sure they knew she was a highly experienced world traveler.
April 29, 2016Living Aboard RetrofittingYou found a great buy on a houseboat that was built to sleep eight on vacation, but you want to equip it for just the two of you to live onboard as a full-time home.
A houseboat is a form of boat accommodation that has been designed or modified to be used as a permanent residence and are kept stationary at moorings and have to be towed to be moved to new moorings, although some houseboats are motorised. Renting a houseboat is a great way to enjoy living on the water for a short period of time and makes for a really fun short break or summer holiday. When booking to rent a houseboat it’s important to remember if this style of accommodation will suit your requirements, for example, a houseboat holiday may not be suitable if you intend to travel with young children or pets because the safety risks.
There are so many different types of houseboats to rent that you’ll certainly find something to suit your tastes and party size from basic houseboats with few luxuries to swish houseboats with lavish surroundings with hot tubs and balconies.
The Mississippi's lure is so strong that some foreign travelers list it as one of the top three things they want to see. They watch the abundant wildlife that includes a tremendous number of bald eagles and white pelicans as well as tows and excursion boats. There are four companies offering a variety of boats from McGregor, Iowa at Upper Mississippi River Mile (UMRM) 634 to Alma, Wis., UMRM 754.
These are underwater rock piles that run from shore toward the channel to direct the water flow.
It is the second-oldest houseboat rental company in America and was owned by one family until 2012 when it was purchased by a new owner. They have been in the same location and family for 55 years and have one customer who has booked trips each of the last 50 years. Doing business out of the Great River Harbor at UMRM 747.9 LDB, is Fun N' The Sun Houseboat Vacations. They have been in business for 40 years and their location gives their customers an open 44 miles going upriver before another lock.
Their 12-by-36-foot model is a 'couples only' boat, while their others range from 12 by 40 feet to 14 by 59 feet. You can cruise, hang out at a beach, swim, fish, visit large and small river towns, watch eagles and pelicans and other bird species or just sit and watch the river and an occasional towboat and excursion boat roll by. Although typically seen as an unusual and almost hippy style of accommodation, houseboat holidays are now so popular that they have to usually be booked at least one year in advance.
When staying on a houseboat there’s no need to worry about lack of amenities, as all are hooked up to key facilities like gas, electricity, sewage and the more luxurious even have cable TV and broadband access. From there south, it is a wild, remote, twisting, free-flowing river where tow boats with 10,000 horsepower push up to 50 barges.


Some of these may appear one season and disappear the next, but many are created by the Corps from dredged material and are more permanent. For a change of pace, they cruise to courtesy docks at numerous friendly and historic river towns. Each is a bit different, but all make sure renters understand the basics of boat handling and river navigation. The wing dams are marked on the charts and renters are taught how to visually pick them out and easily avoid them while beaching, which is another skill taught, frequently by the hands-on method.
One potential renter was a grandma who wondered if her college-aged grandchildren would be interested. They pride themselves on their reputation and also note there are over 100 active eagle's nests in their pool.
With 12 boats, they are the largest company with a wide variety of pricing, size and amenities.
Some of their customers venture up to Lake City, Minn., on Lake Pepin, the largest lake on the river at 21 miles long and averaging almost two miles wide. Houseboat accommodations are popular in other countries like China, Laos and India, and their popularity has started to rise in place like Canada and Australia, as well as all over the UK from cities to the rolling countryside. Most houseboats are fairly large and can therefore accommodation large parties, which makes them a great choice of unusual accommodation for groups of friends of families and also means it cuts down the cost of renting a houseboat. The channel is marked with red nun buoys on the left descending side and green can buoys on the right descending side. They have been in business since 1990 and note they have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Ranging in size from 16 by 50 feet to 16 by 62 feet, all are twin IOs and have different levels of amenities. Larry Hebbring from Milwaukee is part of a group of 12 to 16 guys who have rented from Fun N' The Sun since 1990. They will drive the boat to a beach, secure it, then return and drive it back at the end of the rental.



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