9 Best Houseboats For Rent In Washington, USA - Updated 2024

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Washington is a state located in the northwestern part of the United States, and it is named after the first US president, George Washington. It comprises rainforests, mountain ranges, fjords, bays made from glaciers, islands, and a semi-arid basin for agriculture. Mount Rainier is an active stratovolcano in Washington where you can go hiking. If you’re not into hiking, you can visit Mount Rainier National Park to see the volcano, glaciers, and wildflowers. Olympic National Park is another beautiful place to see Mount Olympus and marine life. Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean, is also worth exploring. Aside from nature, tour the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, and Chihuly Garden and Glass, which are all in Seattle. As Washington is by the Pacific Ocean, you can book a floating home for your getaway. Read about the best houseboats for rent in Washington, USA.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 08, 2024.

1. Eccentric one-bedroom houseboat in Olympia (from USD 170)

Decorated inside out with bright colors, nautical decors, and eccentric designs, this floating home for rent in Olympia, Washington, makes it easier for guests to get into the seaside mood. The Airbnb rental features standard household amenities tastefully fitted into the tiny home, including the kitchen, living quarters, and dining area.

There is a functioning bathroom on board with a well-designed shower area. The singular main bedroom upstairs is spacious and can ideally sleep two guests. Just outside is a wide and fully furnished balcony deck that overlooks the surrounding marina. Complete with a barbeque grill, you can whip up an intimate yet memorable cookout with your loved ones.

Stayed at this property?
Olympia, Washington, United States
51.81 km (32.2 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
223 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Host:
host really friendly and helpful
it is clear the owners love this boat and i too fell in love with it
the neighborhood was safe and everyone we met was kind and open to saying hello
Location:
i was looking for a random place to just get away and be able to work in peace
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2. Modern floating abode on Lake Union, Seattle (from USD 313)

This houseboat for rent offers scenic views of Seattle’s city skyline, comprised of excellent high-rise buildings and the Space Needle, from afar. Whether you’re staying in the long term or crashing in for a short staycation, its wide array of facilities will help make you feel more at home.

The designer houseboat’s lower level plays host to a spacious living area surrounded by wide windows, a kitchen, a washer and dryer, and a bathroom with a bathtub. Walk a few steps upward and you’ll find a well-appointed bedroom, as well as a sitting area with a sleeper sofa and work desk. Come out and chill on the balcony during the evening and appreciate the captivating beauty of Seattle’s nightlife.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
30.61 km (19.1 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
house boat 2 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

3. Luxurious houseboat with splendid views of Lake Chelan (from USD 204)

This luxurious houseboat rental on Lake Chelan offers splendid views of the lake and can host two guests who will sleep comfortably on the queen-sized bed in the bedroom. It has a bathroom providing complimentary shampoo and a hair dryer, as well as a kitchen that includes a fridge.

You can enjoy your meals in the dining area or up on the deck while marveling at vistas of Lake Chelan. Indoors, you can watch TV in the living room or use the Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the rental.

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Chelan, Washington, United States
184.92 km (114.9 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
29 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the marina amenities and building (showers grills gas fire pit) were all new and in great shape
just the perfect getawayi was looking for the boathouse was very comfortable and offered a spectacular view
the house itself is better than described stylish functional just like a house (bathroom and shower included)
Cleanliness:
it's very clean and new
it was as advertised very clean comfy bed and good shower
clean quiet great amenities
very clean great little kitchen for breakfast in the morning
Host:
dustin was communicative and a great host
the owner has thought of every imaginable amenity and special touch
jeff (the host) was super responsive on getting back to us and helping us with whatever we needed
he was a great host very nice i would definitely come back again next year
Location:
it's super close to town and shops
it is in a perfect location near downtown lake chelan
got lucky with weather in october and rented jetski's from the place next door (literally walk over)
the club house and location are very convenient and we loved the rooftop deck
fantastic communication easy to find and location was great to get in to town
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4. Gorgeous two-story houseboat with Mount Olympus views in Seattle (from USD 851)

This gorgeous two-story houseboat is ideal for five guests and is set on Lake Union in Seattle. It features three bedrooms, one and a half baths, and a fully equipped kitchen. It offers the most magnificent views of Mount Olympus, boasts a living room with a TV, a stereo, and a DVD player, and provides Wi-Fi. It even includes a balcony on both floors and a dining area that can serve as a space for dancing or doing yoga.

Feel free to swim in the communal pool, relax in the hot tub, or go paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, canoeing, or windsurfing at the lake. You can dock your boat on the moorage nearby.

Stayed at this property?
Seattle, Washington, United States
29.19 km (18.2 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
house boat 5 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Host:
denise the property manager was responsive to all of our questions and minor issues that arose
the house is comfortable and well equipped and the property manager is very accessible and helpful
thank you neil & denise (denise as property manager was attentive and accessible
Location:
easy walk to public transportation restaurants and grocery
the location provided breathtaking views of the city and a ring-side seat to watch rowers and seaplane activity
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5. Single-level retreat at Quartermaster Harbor in Vashon Island (from USD 185)

This single-level houseboat is located at Quartermaster Harbor, in Vashon Island, and it is ideal for two guests. It’s approximately a 20-minute ferry ride to Seattle and about a 15-minute ferry ride to Tacoma. It has a bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a bathroom with a hair dryer and complimentary shampoo.

While here, you can canoe and hike. On the porch are chairs for relaxing while viewing birds or marine life. Indoors, you can make use of the fully equipped kitchen or watch TV.

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Vashon, Washington, United States
4.37 km (2.8 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
411 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
outstanding views and very comfortable stay
the views are amazing from all the rooms
cozy warmth and a wonderful view
this vashon houseboat is very cozy and comfortable
beautiful views warm fireplace and all the kitchen necessities for a wonderful getaway
Cleanliness:
super clean and quick communication
it was clean and comfortable
the houseboat was very quiet and clean
the place was clean and well equipped
the boathouse was very clean and well kept
Host:
staff was nice and welcoming
the host who checked us in was fantastic
hosts where very friendly
great place and accommodating host
hosts were immediately available to answer any questions we had and the check in instructions were very clear
Location:
fun location and comfy place
amazing location in a quiet marina
beautiful house and perfect location
the location is amazing and so relaxing
wonderful location we will be back thanks scotty and lisa
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6. Cozy floating bungalow for small groups in Brinnon

This floating bungalow at Pleasant Harbor Marina in Brinnon is suitable for four guests. It has two bedrooms and a bathroom with hot water, a hair dryer, and complimentary shampoo, and Wi-Fi throughout all corners.

The rental features a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with a TV, a DVD player, and an electric fireplace. At the back are a swimming pool and a hot tub. In front is a deck with outdoor furniture and an enclosure for cold months.

Stayed at this property?
Brinnon, Washington, United States
49.34 km (30.7 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
225 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the perfect amount of space with a great little kitchen
it was so cozy and had all the comforts of home
it was very comfortable and surrounded by a beautiful serene mariana and so many opportunities for day hikes
the houseboat is so cozy and comfortable
the house boat was even more adorable than we had expected with beautiful sky lights and cozy furnishings
Cleanliness:
the space was clean and relaxing
the houseboat itself was clean cute and cozy
super clean had everything ya needed
the houseboat was very clean and well furnished and thoughtfully arranged
it's a lovely boathouse clean and cozy
Host:
the owner made everything very easy
lynne is an awesome host
friendly people at the marina
host was excellent super communicative and helpful
so good for dinner and a beer i recommend the nearby geoduck the staff were really nice
Location:
the location in brinnon is great
beautiful location quiet and relaxing
wonderful hiking options close by
peaceful comfortable stay and a great location for our foraging expedition
close to hiking and other fun activities
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7. Lynne's Houseboat in Brinnon

“Lynne’s Houseboat” is set at a marina, on Hood Canal in Brinnon, and is approximately an hour’s drive from Kingston Ferry or the Bainbridge Island ferry docks. It welcomes three and provides a queen-sized bed and a sofa bed. It also offers a bathroom with a shower, a hair dryer, and complimentary shampoo.

The rental features a deck where you can relax while admiring Hood Canal. Watch TV in the living room while others prepare meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Splash around in the pool or have a soak in the hot tub. You can even rent a kayak or a barbecue grill at the marina. Wi-Fi is available too.

Stayed at this property?
Brinnon, Washington, United States
49.42 km (30.8 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
241 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 3 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we also really enjoyed eating breakfast and playing cards/games out in the deck in the mornings
the houseboat was so cozy and relaxing
the perfect weekend getaway we loved our cozy little houseboat and spending evenings on the back porch
so comfortable and relaxing we didn’t really want to leave it
Cleanliness:
the housboat was clean and cozy
beautiful quiet and clean place to stay
it was super clean well maintained and well appointed
everything was clean and tidy and we were very comfortable
a very clean and cozy little cabin on the water
Host:
host is very responsive
friendly service good food large servings
the owner is friendly and responsive
and very helpful staff at the marina
lynne is an amazing host with quick responses to resolve issues if any
Location:
amazing location for weekend getaway
very relaxing location near dosewallips state park
it was the perfect unique place to stay and the location phenomenal
exceptional across the board cute relaxing beautiful location right near the best clamming ever
great location for local hikes of all abilities
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8. Traditional houseboat on South Lake Union in Seattle

This traditional houseboat located on the east side of South Lake Union in Seattle is approximately five minutes to Eastlake District. It’s well-suited for four guests, as it has two bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed and the other with a single bed. It also has a couch and an air mattress. The two bathrooms provide hot water, a hair dryer, and complimentary shampoo.

The rental features a kitchen and a living room with a TV and provides Wi-Fi. On the first floor are the barbecue grill and kayaks. From the terrace on the second floor, you will be struck by impressive views of Seattle’s skyline, Fremont Bridge, and Queen Anne.

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29.45 km (18.3 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
29 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Houseboat 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the houseboat was comfortable clean and sitting on the deck for the sunset was heavenly
the houseboat was absolutely charming very comfortable and a thrill to come home to
Cleanliness:
the houseboat is charming cozy clean with terraces perfect for a sundowner ;) easy to get to downtown
Host:
the host was very responsive and accommodating
host was friendly and very welcoming
desiree was an excellent host - she made us feel welcomed and made herself available for any questions
desiree was very attentive and took care of any questions we had
communication with hosts was easy
Location:
the neighborhood is very walkable great shops and restaurants
the location couldn't have been more perfect and it had everything you'd want and more
the eastlake location can’t be beat with 3 parks and a great market within a couple blocks
the neighbors were nice and the area was quiet at night but walking to great restaurants
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9. Unique two-story houseboat on Lake River in Vancouver

This two-story houseboat on Lake River in Vancouver is suitable for six guests, as it has three bedrooms with room-darkening shades, each with a queen-sized bed or a double bed. It also provides two bathrooms with hot water and complimentary shampoo, body soap, and shower gel.

You can stay updated by using the Wi-Fi and marvel at beautiful Lake River views here. After cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, relish meals in the dining area found outside. On the roof is a deck where sunbathing is an option. Downstairs, feel free to go fishing.

Inflatable kayaks and life jackets are provided too, so you can go kayaking on the lake and explore Vancouver Lake or Columbia River. The lake can have strong currents, so proceed with caution. A boat launch is also featured here. If you want to stay indoors, hang out in the living room to play games and puzzles, read a book, or watch movies on the TV.

Around the rental are a neighborhood park, restaurants, and hiking trails

Stayed at this property?
Vancouver, Washington, United States
187.45 km (116.5 mi) from Maury Island Marine Park
41 reviews   Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the a/c worked great during a heatwave
Cleanliness:
clean and larger than the pictures make it look
Host:
wonderful and responsive hosts
they were kind and quick to respond
vickie and bill are thoughtful hosts
vickie was very friendly and accommodating
Location:
wonderful location of you like being on the river
great location and lots of nice wildlife
this location provides super easy access to moda center portland raceway ridgefield concert venue ilani casino and much more
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A memorable getaway in Washington

Washington has many natural wonders you will enjoy exploring, such as rainforests, mountain ranges, fjords, bays, and islands. From Lakes Union to Roosevelt, there is simply no shortage of the best lakes to rent a houseboat while vacationing around Washington State. If you want a change in your usual accommodation, book one of these best houseboats.

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