Big Rideau Lake Houseboat Rentals
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Big Rideau Lake Houseboat Rentals

Rideau Lake
Portland, Ontario
Big Rideau Lake Houseboat Rentals

Houseboating on Rideau Lake has been a delight for so many people over the years. You can boat through the many lakes and canals in the area and enjoy swimming, fishing and other watersports. You can prepare your own meals and enjoy your daily catch or dine at one of the many restaurants in the area.

The type of holiday you are looking for is totally up to you. You can meet new friends or just relax in one of the many quiet secluded areas. Enjoy the number of number of small towns along the way to enjoy shopping, groceries and restaurants.


Big Rideau Lake Houseboats have four models to choose from; 32’ sleeps 2 adults and 2 children, 37’ sleeps 4 adults, 40’ sleeps 6 adults and 2 children and the 42’ sleeps 6 adults. Houseboats include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and sink
  • Air conditioned
  • Deck chairs
  • BBQ

Note: 2010 pricing sheet on website is out of date and prices have increased. Contact Big Rideau Lake Houseboats for accurate pricing.

Experience Required:

Previous experience is not required. You will be provided instruction on operating the houseboat, safety requirements, how to read maps, buoys and channel markets.


You do not require a boating license (Pleasure Craft Operator Card) to rent a houseboat. Prior to departure you will be provided a safety checklist for review. Be sure to ask any questions if you are not sure. Once completed you will be issued a temporary license that is good for your trip. You will need to keep this document readily available if request by officials.

If you wish to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card you can do so on line. For more details:

Pleasure Craft Licence


What to Bring:

For a complete list of recommended items to bring check out the checklist.


What to Bring



Big Rideau Lake Houseboats are pet friendly and will welcome one large or two small dogs on some boats. Contact them directly for details.

Additional Costs:

There are a number of additional costs that you should budget for during your vacation and will depend on the duration of your trip and the distance traveled. Each operator has different policies and should be discussed directly with them. Some additional costs to be aware of include:

  • Fuel
  • Oil
  • Pumpout
  • Mooring fees
  • Locking fees (except 2017 - Canada 150)

It is recommended to fully discuss all addtional fees.

Other Rental Items Available:

Kayaks are available for rent as well as small pontoon boats and jet skis.

Contact Information:

15 Water St
Portland, Ontario

Location Address:
15 Water St
Portland, Ontario

Driving Distances/Time From:

Kingston: 70 km / 43 miles – 50 min
Toronto: 323 km / 200 miles – 3 h
Montreal: 255 km / 159 miles – 2 h 40 min
Ottawa: 106 km / 66 miles - 1 h 10 min