Top 10 Houseboats For Rent In Tennessee, USA - Updated 2021

houseboats for rent in tennessee

There’s no other Southern state in the United States that’s as geographically diverse as Tennessee is, given its smaller size. The heart of the country music scene, Tennessee has the Great Smoky Mountains to the east, lush valleys in the center, and stunning lowlands in the west. What’s more, the state has a host of rivers, lakes, such as Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers, Wheeler, Chickamauga, and Kentucky Lakes, and loads of creeks, branches, and bends. So, how about staying in a houseboat? Not only is it a unique way to stay, but it’s also fun and allows you to experience the great outdoors differently. Read our list below of the top houseboats for rent in Tennessee, USA.

1. Romantic vintage retreat (from USD 160)

Romance is in the air at this vintage, 1964-built houseboat at Stardust Marina on Norris Lake. Stepping into the houseboat is like stepping back in time, and it might just be Norris Lake’s longest floating houseboat. Slip into the restful bed with vintage windows that look out to the water. Besides a quaint bathroom, there’s an outside shower too. In fact, you can even take a refreshing dip in the waters of the lake. The charming kitchen is perfect for making a cup of coffee and enjoying the morning sunrise on the vintage deck chairs. Have afternoon tea on the rooftop deck and grill dinner on the lower one. Or, you could grab a kayak and paddle out to the marina and enjoy yourself.

**Idle Time** Couple/2 person's Retreat on a Vintage 1964 Houseboat (docked)
8 reviews
house boat 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
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however the air conditioning was way too small to cool the houseboat properly
the lake is so clean and refreshing
laura was the perfect host
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2. Charming old fishing boat on Lake Chickamauga (from USD 82)

Do you want to rough it out on your water vacation? Then we recommend this lovely old fishing boat turned stationary houseboat for two. It is perfect for a fishing holiday. Tucked in the older and quieter Hixson Marina on Lake Chickamauga, the musky smelling boat has modern additions such as a kitchenette with a Keurig coffee pot, fridge, an electric skillet, and a microwave. Plus, you’ll even find a toilet and shower so you don’t have to rough it. There are even a few bonus perks like a DVD player, and the houseboat is pet-friendly too!

Barbara’s old fishing boat
Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States
43 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is cozy and unique with great views
the bed is tiny definitely only for one person and not for anyone of above average size
barbara is very nice and attentive
barbara is an extremely responsive and welcoming host
barbara was a friendly and responsive host highly recommend this unique riverside stay
super cool and affordable way to try out the houseboat experience very responsive host
great communication courteous and thoughtful host- cozy quirky fun boat in beautiful tennessee
great location and a great value
super unique experience and incredible location
i would highly recommend this location my sister/aka/military best friend had ana amazing experience and will be back ms
perfect place if you’re looking to have a unique experience
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3. Modern and upscale floating house (from USD 340)

If you want to splurge on your Tennessee vacation, then you won’t find a better one than this upscale floating house at Springs Dock Resort on Norris Lake. You can wake up to soft sun rays or fog rolling across the water, and even jump right into the open and large swim area right out front. In the evenings, stretch out on the sun chairs and read a book or listen to music. On the inside, the house is as modern as it gets. There are sleeping arrangements for as many as 11 people, so a family getaway might just be on the cards. The living room with a fireplace, DVD player, and TV is the perfect place to lounge. The kitchen is fully furnished for whipping up entire meals, while the gas grill on the balcony is the perfect place to spend an evening.

Floating Oasis for Relaxation. BYO...Boat. Wifi, Telephone, Covered Porch
8 reviews
house boat 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
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It was everything we hoped it would be Whether you're laying in the sun or fishing throughout the day
it felt like home coming in to rest and relax
Ryan was very helpful also with the reservation
They seem like great people
It was very relaxing and made us feel welcomed
I didn't get to communicate with Ryan's husband
and they were wonderful at responding to any questions
This house was amazing and located in a really great community of people
They enjoyed spending time on the late relaxing on the deck and grilling out
I booked the stay last minute and the VRBO site wasn't working
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4. Relaxing floating house at Bass Bay Marina (from USD 169)

Tucked in Bass Bay Marina on Chickamauga Lake is this floating house, complete with a picket fence and front porch with rocking chairs! This stationary houseboat with a double bed and a bathroom is perfectly set up for a relaxing and cozy romantic getaway in the great Tennessean outdoors. You even have a full kitchen for cooking, so all you need to do is bring all the cooking essentials. Curl up with a coffee or wine glass on the patio in the mornings and evenings and enjoy some much needed quiet time.

The Float House
Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, United States
28 reviews
Houseboat 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
great value & very clean
communication with the harbor was great very helpful
very basic but great location on the water
very quiet and peaceful location
great place in a great location not far from everything that you need
beautiful scenery with a great location and close to a restaurant the sunrise is beautiful to watch
awesome place to for a get away
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5. Three-deck houseboat on the Tennessee River (from USD 250)

If you’re visiting Knoxville and are tired of staying in hotel rooms, then you need to check out this beautiful houseboat docked at the serene Volunteer Landing Marina in Knoxville. Not only are you close to some of the best riverside restaurants but also Downtown Knoxville. Two bedrooms with plush beds can sleep up to six people, making it perfect for large groups. Choose from three decks off the stern and bow, but the best is the one on the roof! It has a gas fire pit, a gas grill, and even two flatscreen HD TVs. On the inside, the houseboat has a fully stocked kitchen, flat-screen TVs for entertainment, and even two beach cruiser bikes and kayaks for exploring the town and the lake.

Immaculate 70' Houseboat easy walk to DT Knox
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
22 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen was adequately stocked with appliances utensils and dinnerware (adding a colander would be beneficial
a great space with ample room to enjoy a gathering with friends
fonz was very responsive and provided great information
al was responsive when i had questions
al the host was super responsive and friendly
this place is so cool it’s definitely a one of a kind experience that i would recommend to anyone
finally the location is perfect
great place and great location
houseboat experience was fantastic great location
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6. Gorgeous cottage houseboat on Norris Lake (from USD 125)

Do you like staying in cottages? How about living in a floating cottage at Hickory Star Marina on Norris Lake in Maynardville? This gorgeous cottage houseboat sits in the water and is accessible only via jet ski, canoe, raft, or boat. Besides soft beds, there is a lot more to love about this space. For instance, there’s a kitchenette where you can whip up meals without worrying about it. In the evenings, fire up the propane grill on the floating deck and watch the sunset. If you want some relaxation and rest, then this little houseboat is perfect.

Lake Norris TN waterfront retreat
Maynardville, Tennessee, United States
10 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
wifi is spotty which is great if you want to unplug; otherwise it has everything we wanted
very clean and it was as advertised
the houseboat was very very clean
we absolutely loved luis's houseboat it was beautiful and so clean
luis was a great host and the check-in and departure were easy
the lake is beautiful and the locals are friendly
they are wonderful hosts we cannot wait to come back
a great place to stay
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7. Spacious two-level homely boathouse (from USD 170)

Do you want to stay in a homey and peaceful location and yet be steps away from nightlife? This terrific houseboat on the tranquil shores of Lake Tellico in Vonore is perfect. It’s also just a few minutes away from all the shopping, dining, and entertainment at the marina. The plush sleeping arrangements easily accommodate seven adults, making this rental ideal for a family or friends getaway. A full kitchen and bathrooms make staying here just home-like, and the patio with a barbeque grill puts a unique spin on your holiday. You also have access to two kayaks if you want to go exploring the reservoir.

Mermaids lair or knot Home.
Vonore, Tennessee, United States
20 reviews
Houseboat 3 Beds 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this is a very comfortable houseboat with an amazing upper deck plenty of space for our family of 4
the lake is very clean and a great place to play
angela is a great host
she was very friendly and helpful
everyone in the dock area was so friendly
everyone on the dock was very friendly
angela is super responsive and kind as can be
angie’s place was great it was in a great location
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8. Cozy haven at Powell Valley Marina on Norris Lake (from USD 199)

How would you like to live in a boathouse that can be reached only via water? Thrilling, isn’t it? Welcome to this super cozy haven at Powell Valley Marina in LaFollette on Norris Lake. You have to believe us when we say that the space is entirely open. In fact, the only door is the door to the spotless bathroom, complete with a shower/tub and bath! The hallway curtains separate the living and sleeping areas, which have cloud-like comfy beds. You’ll also find an excellent modern kitchen so you don’t have to worry about the meals. The absolute best part? The rental includes floats, a lily pad, and kayaks, which you can use to explore the lake!

Norris Lake Water Haven (+optional pontoon rental)
LaFollette, Tennessee, United States
29 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wall unit air conditioners keep the place cool and comfortable
lots of updates and very clean
very clean house quite neighbors and quiet neighborhood in general
house is clean and welcoming
impeccably clean and all you need for a great time at the lake
place is clean and had enough room for my wife and i along with another couple and their child
i love just jumping right off the front of the house to swim kimberly was a great host
kimberly was super responsive and hospitable
a super cute place on beautiful norris lake
great place for a couples get away
really fun and unique place to stay
a nice floating house in a quiet part of the lake
the location is great amenities are fantastic and the little floating house had everything we needed
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9. Budget-friendly houseboat on Norris Lake

There’s something mesmerizing about staying in this stunning open studio space right on the buoy line in a marina on Norris Lake in northeastern Tennessee. The serene, budget-friendly space is like a rudimentary floating campsite and the perfect laidback spot to relax right on the lake. The common sleeping spaces are excellent for large groups; there’s a double bed, a bunk bed, and a hammock! The attached bathroom is very basic but immaculate. You’ll find both air-conditioning and heating, kitchen space with cooking essentials, and even a barbeque grill out on the patio!

Scabby’s Floating Cabin on Norris Lake!
Maynardville, Tennessee, United States
59 reviews
Houseboat 4 Beds 0 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
everything was incredibly clean
great place to get away quiet and clean
enjoyed our stay great host
exactly as described host was very helpful with recommendations and enjoyed our stay
owner is very easy to get in touch with
jason was a great host and referred us to a good canoe rental
very responsive and always replied to me within less than 5 minutes
location was great neighbors are friendly
the location on the water was great
had a great time perfect location and it had everything we needed
a wonderful place to relax and get away
we love coming to jason’s place hope to come back soon
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10. Modern houseboat on Tennessee River in Downtown Knoxville

The name of this stunning houseboat, ‘Living the dream’, says it all. Located on Volunteer Landing marina on Tennessee River in Downtown Knoxville, the docked boat makes for an excellent quiet getaway right in the middle of the city. What’s more, you’re close to the greenway, which is perfect for biking, running, and walking. Plus, you can even grab the kayaks/paddleboards/bikes and explore the neighborhood on your own, both land and water. On the inside, the houseboat features three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a full kitchen, internet, and even a TV for entertainment.

Living The Dream House boat (Downtown)
14 reviews
house boat 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Gabe was a great host
Gabe was a great asset as well providing great instructions and a tour of the house boat
Gabe was an AWESOME host
Our family enjoyed the ample seating areas the nice kitchen and slept well on the comfortable beds Gabe the owner was very hospitable and flexible with our needs
We had a great experience Lots of room very comfortable
Checking in and out was a breeze
The location cannot be beat with a very short walk to the Vol Navy and all of the surrounding football tailgating areas Additionally and easy walk to downtown for dining and nightlife
Spent a weekend out on this house boat with some friends from out of town
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The terrific floating houses of Tennessee

There’s no dearth of houseboats to choose from on your Tennessean vacation. Not only do you have the choice of traditional houseboats, but you’ll also find offbeat ones. In fact, many of them are no less than floating houses on the water! So, choose from these houseboats for rent in Tennesee, USA, and you’re guaranteed a memorable holiday.

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