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Top Lake Mead Boat Rentals | Houseboats, Personal Watercraft and More  

When you’re planning a trip to Lake Mead, spending some time on a boat is a must. The question is, what type of experience do you want to have? With over 550 miles of shoreline to explore, you may want to enjoy a few different options to get the full wonder of the region. At Callville Bay Resort & Marina, we’re happy to help you with just about any need. Here are some ideas and ways to explore the region.

Choose the Houseboat

One of the best ways to explore all Lake Mead has to offer is with a houseboat. It is a whole family vacation wrapped into one. Houseboats are great for the whole family, with options ranging from those that sleep 6 to as many as 15 people. They are larger and offer ample room to spread out. Some are ADA accessible, too.

Many of the largest come with just about everything you would expect to find in a decent hotel room. That includes a hot tub and wet bar. You may also find DirecTV available. There are several configurations to choose from, each offering different styles and features. Houseboat rental prices are competitive when you consider other nearby options (and the cost for separate boating adventures).

If you book a houseboat, it’s important to be ready for the experience. Callville Bay offers a houseboating checklist that’s a good rule of thumb to follow to ensure this is a successful trip.

When you have a houseboat rental, you gain a lot more control over your experience and the vacation itself. You can anchor it and just enjoy it where it is if you like. Or you can move it gracefully through the water to explore the views of the lake and the beaches. Keep in mind that Lake Mead does not allow any boat use during the evening hours.

These boats come with the anchors you need along with stakes to allow you to get placed properly. The options provided are suitable for all types of beaches around the lake itself. It takes a bit of practice to learn how to use your houseboat properly, and finding the right spot on the beach takes a bit of exploration (that’s part of the fun, though!)

Personal Watercraft Options

Let’s say that you want to really have some fun out on the waterfront. Consider personal watercraft or PWC. These are rented by the hour, daily or weekly, based on how much you plan to use them. Whether you are looking for a jet ski experience in the middle of the waterfront or you want a bit more room, we offer something to fit just about any need.

One of the key benefits of personal watercraft is being able to use them while you are looking for placement of your houseboat. You may want to use both options, in fact, so you can go off on a journey into one of the more secluded areas if you like.

Other Small Boat Options

A fishing boat could be one of the best options for those who have a specific goal in mind for their vacation – to fish in peace and quiet. Some of the best trips happen like this. You can explore the lake and all of the quiet coves where the fish tend to gather. You can also spend your day cruising along the beaches until you find the perfect spot to spend some time with a few friends. The cost of a small fishing boat is competitive, and this tends to be a good option for those who want basic access to the waterfront itself.

Consider the benefits of deck boats. Another type of small boat to consider is our deck boat. This is an excellent option for those who want a bit of a different experience. It’s fast and easy to maneuver because of its v-bottom hull. That hull glides over the water. The benefits are numerous – comfortable seating, ample room for up to 10 people, and lots of sunshine to enjoy. These boats are pretty powerful (you will appreciate having a bit of skill behind them before you use them!) If you are thinking about tubing, a deck boat is an excellent option overall. On the other hand, it can be a lot of fun to relax as you tour the lake in one of these boats.

How to Choose Which Rental Boats Are Right for You?

The good news is you have a lot of options. Our team is also willing to help you find the right type of experience for your needs. Before doing any decision making, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Know your experience. If you are just starting out, make sure you have some time to learn the ups and downs of your options. You don’t want to get into a boat that’s too hard to maneuver, and that limits your fun.
  • When it comes to the cost, numerous factors play a role in what you may pay. That includes the time of the year that you are visiting and who you rent from for your boat. At Callville Bay, we take pride in offering competitive pricing.
  • What type of experience do you plan to do? For those who plan to do some fishing, it’s often a good idea to choose a smaller boat that is easier to use. That gets you deep into some of the secluded covers where the fish love to hide.
  • If you don’t plan to spend most of your vacation on the water, check out one of the personal watercraft or small boat options instead. These will cost less, but they still allow you to rent them by the hour or by the day, making them an affordable option overall.
  • Boat safety is important. Before committing to any boat, make sure you know what our goals are for you and what is expected of you when you spend time with us. Our team is happy to help answer all of your questions and provide you with the advice that you need.

Whether you are visiting Lake Mead for your entire vacation or planning to travel to Las Vegas a few times as well, check out our lineup of boating options. Spending at least a bit of time on the water makes your trip well worth it. This is such a naturally beautiful part of this region that you do not want to miss out on it.

As a full-service marina, Callville Bay is available to help you. Don’t plan your trip to Lake Mead without a bit of help from us about your boat rentals.

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