Rent A Boat In Tennessee, USA - Updated 2024

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Tennessee boasts a variety of tourist attractions, which include shopping malls. With the Mississippi River on one side and the Appalachian Mountains on the other, the state enjoys some breathtaking sceneries and must-visit locations. For instance, Tennessee is blessed with a picturesque shoreline, pristine water, historical places, and a variety of family activities including fishing, camping, and watersports. You can enjoy all these in the comfort of the wide range of houseboats available for rent on the lakes and rivers of Tennessee. Here, you will get clean, well-furnished houseboats offering a wide range of amenities to fit your needs and budget. So if you are looking for a memorable getaway, continue reading and learn where to rent a boat in Tennessee, 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 March 02, 2024.

1. Luxury houseboat in Chattanooga (from USD 247)

This boat rental in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is located minutes away from downtown. While you are enjoying a stay in the emerald waters, you can access some of the famous attractions in the area with ease such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City Gardens, and Ruby Falls.

Best suited for a family of four, the luxury houseboat is equipped with cozy beds that ensure a good night’s rest. During the hours when you stay in, you can watch movies on a high-definition TV or have an energizing workout on the exercise equipment furnished inside. Useful amenities include an internet connection and a well-appointed kitchen for preparing meals.

Out on the gorgeous sundeck, guests can enjoy bonfire evenings around a roaring campfire or make yummy barbeques on the outdoor grill over socializing with drinks and music. Enjoy a night of stargazing on the hammock while sipping a glass of wine.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
161.83 km (100.6 mi) from World's Fair Park
41 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
air conditioning worked well
when turning on the hot water heater make sure to check the microwave clock
the houseboat was clean and well stocked
the boat was clean well stocked and easily located
we enjoyed our stay on the boat it was clean and had everything we could need
the place was clean when we arrived and the check-in/out instructions were easy enough to manage
the boat was very clean and easy to access
austin was a great host
austin was a wonderful host he was there to answer any questions we might have
a prime example of what a great host looks like
he was very responsive
wonderful host check in instructions are very clear and informative
great location with restaurants and bars in walking distance
great location felt safe and had wonderful access to downtown and bike share
boat was docked in a great location walking distance to two cool bar/restaurants and easy access to downtown
great location and beautiful boat austin was great to work with and quick to respond
beautiful boat at a great location and quick response times
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2. Spacious yacht near downtown with a kitchen (from USD 120)

Found in Knoxville, Tennessee, this Airbnb houseboat rental is a stone’s throw away from the popular Gay Street, Market Square, Knoxville Convention Center, and World’s Fair Park.

The 1977 Whitcraft 50’ Gold Coast Cruiser is moored to the docks of Volunteer Landing Marina. You can access the famous James White Greenway from where the marina starts. The pet-friendly rental welcomes up to two dogs for an additional cost with the rule that they must not be left unattended and put on a leash at all times.

Air conditioning and heaters add to the comfort and convenience all year round. Should you decide to fix meals when hunger strikes, you can do so in the functional kitchen that has an electric cooker among other useful appliances. Enjoy a flavorful spread with your loved ones at the dining table while soaking in the sights of a spectacular sunset.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
1.19 km (0.8 mi) from World's Fair Park
20 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 5 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
john was very helpful
john was the best airbnb owner i have ever had
john is a great host always responsive appreciative and very helpful
great host great spot great deal
john was very responsive and helpful and we found everything as was mentioned in the description
it is an amazing location
enjoyed our stay very much beautiful scenery and close to downtown
such a unique place had a wonderful time on the boat
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3. Cozy houseboat in a gated marina (from USD 286)

Located at Volunteer Landing Marina, this four-bedroom houseboat offers a cozy place for up to six people. The boat features a sleeper sofa, fully-equipped galley with a full-sized refrigerator, stove, and more, a vanity and shower, and outdoor seating in the aft deck and bridge. The boat also has a designated parking spot in the marina, and the marina itself is gated which promises security for both your own well-being and your belongings.

As for nearby places you can visit, UT football stadium, downtown Knoxville and two adjacent restaurants are only a short walk away while Knoxville Convention Center, Market Square, and the East Tennessee History Center are less than a mile (1.6 kilometers) away.

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1.19 km (0.8 mi) from World's Fair Park
17 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Jim was very accommodating and we enjoyed getting to know him
Very friendly and helpful marina staff
We had heavy rains Friday night
a short walk to downtown and a gracious host
What more could you ask for?
We also enjoyed grilled breakfast and ate on the top deck of the boat
so it was very enjoyable to be under cover looking at the river and grilling on the George Foreman grill
The walk from the stadium to the boat after the game was awesome
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4. Magnificent houseboat with rooftop deck (from USD 388)

This houseboat is docked in Knoxville along the serene Volunteer landing marina and a short distance from an award-winning steak house called Ruth’s Chris. The dock is also close to other important landmarks such as the Thompson-Boiling arena, Neyland stadium, Newland greenway and the University of Tennessee. This boat has two bedrooms with a king-size bed in the master suite, a full bed in the crew’s quarters and a cozy pull-out couch for additional comfort. The houseboat also features three decks situated at the stern, bow, and roof. The 70’ party deck is spacious and it has 2 HD televisions, a grill, and gas stove. The master and salon areas have UHD flat-screens. Outside the marina, there is a variety of fun activities to keep children entertained, including a short ride to pigeon forge, mini-golf at Sir Gooneys and jump jam.

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1.39 km (0.9 mi) from World's Fair Park
106 reviews   Wifi Available
Boat 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
We came down from MI to celebrate Thankgiving with our daughter who lives in Knox
but it truly was like a little condo on the water and was well furnished with anything you needed Good space on the boat lovely upper deck to relax to watch boats passing by
I was thinking this was going to be more like a camping trip
The golf cart came in handy for riding over to Calhouns Didn't have a chance to use the bikes or kayaks
The property is spotless and the beds are very comfortable
Clean exactly as pictured
The boat was supplied with everything and was quite room for the 4 of us
Al checked in with us right away to make sure we were all settled in and the marina manager Joe was very helpful
We made use of the golf cart and kayaks Owner was very responsive to any questions & made a point to check & make sure our stay was going well
This boat is amazing Al was so easy to work with too
The owner was most helpful and very quick to respond to any questions The staff at the marina were very helpful showing us where to park our car how to access the security gate etc
The owners were great and very attentive organized and available for questions
renters wanting a quiet get away
The boat is in the perfect location to walk into town and to Market Square and to the campus and stadium
The location is perfect for a base to explore the city and surrounding areas
It was a great location and
The nearby Greenway and ease of access to downtown shopping and restaurants was a plus we'll be back
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5. Floating oasis for relaxation (from USD 320)

This floating home for rent in Tennessee boasts a large living room furnished with rocking chairs and a cozy sectional sofa. It also has a quality television, smart DVD player, WiFi, fireplace and a kitchen with a number of appliances and plenty of seating and counter space. There are a total of three bathrooms, two in the main house and one in the master suite. The exterior docking area can accommodate up to four boats and it has an outdoor bar, media system, and a dockside fireplace for grilling among other things. To access the house, you are required to rent a boat in Spring Dock Resort.

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LaFollette, Tennessee, United States
44.62 km (27.8 mi) from World's Fair Park
house boat 9 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
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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6. Beautiful Norris Lake home (from USD 345)

If you visit the Whiteman Hollow marina on Norris Lake, you can book this beautiful floating houseboat. The houseboat is clean, very spacious and can accommodate up to 12 people including children. This three-bedroom floating home is located a few steps off the interstate 75 (I-75) highway and a shopping mall. Here, you will take delight watching the beautiful sunsets at the comfort of the front porch. In addition to that, there is a swimming deck adjacent to the house, where you can engage in fun pool activities such as noodle jousting, ball racing, and chicken fights. Other notable features of this floating home are the indoor and outdoor sound systems with auxiliary provisions for phones, laptops, and iPods.

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42.23 km (26.3 mi) from World's Fair Park
38 reviews   Wifi Available
house boat 12 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 12
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
We had 6 people and the toilet constantly backed up
The first night the home smelled like a port-a-potty and the second day the toilet leaked all over the bathroom floor Although the marina management did send someone to pump out the system
The amount of space inside the home was great
Had all of the amenities for cooking good DVD selection for littles and adults
The property itself is nice
beautifully decorated no bathroom issues
House was up to date and nicely decorated Main areas were clean
House was very comfortable Short on bath towels
Whitman Hollow was also a great host
They were not willing to offer another boat refund or even discount
We all found that to be very relaxing Marina was great and accommodating with anything we needed for the house Very friendly and great food as well Everyone in floating houses where nice and fri...
The marina took care of all of our needs
they had the same problem
just steps from the house
Not a big problem and it would go away
First time at a floating house and first time at Whitman Hollow renting a house
The house lake and surrounding area is beautiful
Our family of 5 really enjoys Norris Lake and being directly on the water is great
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7. Downtown Chattanooga yacht

Chattanooga yacht club (CYC) is a true power boater’s club with over 3000 ft (914 meters) shoreline and 132 boat slips for the safe harbor of different vessels including cruising yacht, ski boats, sportfish vessels and personal watercraft. At CYC, you will enjoy warm hospitality of the host, clean and spacious yacht rooms with a well-equipped kitchen and living room. You will also love the boat rocking you to sleep and waking up to the beautiful melodies of ducks, barges, herons, and rowers. During club functions or weekends, CYC dock provides visitors with a convenient area to tie up and enjoy a variety of amenities including HDTV, a heated swimming pool, and WIFI connection for a comfortable stay.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
161.87 km (100.6 mi) from World's Fair Park
19 reviews  
Boat 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
very clean and spacious
brad was a great host and took time to show us around the marina and yacht
you will be welcomed by a super friendly host who makes you feel like family
brad was an awesome host
brad was great super friendly very informative and had great suggestions
very responsive and friendly
so nice staying on the water and so close to downtown
nice and quiet with a secluded feel right in downtown
i will be booking this place again for sure
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8. Homey boathouse

Norris TN boathouse (NHLB) offers a variety of services including fishing, restaurant, pontoon rentals, and marine supplies. Recently, the company introduced the presidential series; a luxurious houseboat loaded with a state of the art media system and underwater lighting around its perimeter. For reservation, you need to pay a deposit that’s refundable upon checkout. The houseboats are equipped with safety gadgets including life jackets, anchors, backup generators and holding tanks that are continually drained into the treatment facility after every rental. You will also enjoy a fully equipped kitchen, linen sheets, pillowcases, towels, and a nice Roswell or wet stereo system with mp3 player input. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed but the luxury options available are an indication of astounding new advances that you will experience in NHLB.

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Andersonville, Tennessee, United States
33.93 km (21.1 mi) from World's Fair Park
37 reviews  
Boat 2 Beds 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the sofa is super comfy and the a/c works great
we rented a jetski and had a great breakfast buffet at the marina
we were gratefulcons` the tv doesn't work properly
the houseboat was nice but wasn’t very clean
the boat house itself was extremely clean well organized and had everything we needed
kevin was very responsive
great place and host was very helpful
super relaxing place to stay the host was awesome highly recommend
everyone on the dock was friendly there's more southern hospitality here than any other place
people are friendly makes staying a pleasure
great location for some r&r
the location is amazing
it's a pretty remote location
perfect location and on the water
the place was in a great location
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9. KokOasis houseboat

KokOasis is a 75-foot (22-meter) houseboat named after Kokopelli, a fun-loving mythical figure from Southwest America. As the name depicts, the houseboat offers a peaceful sanctuary to visitors looking to relax in a modern vessel with quality suites. For instance, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system provides a comfortable living environment to occupants all year round. For convenience and additional comfort, the houseboat is designed with spacious staterooms, TVs, a hot tub and a fully furnished kitchen. KokOasis is suitable for a number of family events including vacations, birthday parties, graduations, collegiate sports, weddings, and athletic events. KokOasis also offers either a 45 or 90-minute cruise in the famous Queen Priscilla; a 1968 U.S navy tender under the Tennessee boat line. The establishment is clean thanks to the hospitable staff who ensure the garbage is emptied, towels are changed on a daily basis and water is continually pumped to each room. An additional offering includes a complimentary breakfast option prepared on the final day of your stay.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
1.34 km (0.9 mi) from World's Fair Park
77 reviews  
Boat 4 Beds 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the place was conveniently located the rooms were spacious and the amenities were excellent
great alternative to a boring hotel room
the bed in the back bedroom is super comfortable and the sheets are divine
our last morning they brought breakfast and it was delicious
the beds were extraordinarily comfortable boat was clean and linens were washed for us everyday
they're very attentive & everything was spotlessly clean and immaculate
the space is clean very spacious and just plain fun
this place was so much fun very clean and comfortable excellent communication with host
we absolutely loved our time on the boat- so peaceful clean and very well-maintained
drew and kevin are the perfect hosts
kevin and drew were amazing hosts
kevin and drew were both great hosts
kevin and drew are fantastic hosts
kevin and drew and perfect hosts
nice 15 min walk to market square
the location was great and easy to get to
the location for a football game was perfect
the location is great for enjoying knoxville and campus
great location and easy to get anywhere in town
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10. Boat on Tellico Lake

This stationary houseboat is found on the beautiful Tellico Lake, which is acclaimed for its magnificent mountain views. Here, you will enjoy unlimited access to the entire vessel, including the vast upper decks furnished with grill and patio furniture. Also, the boat is clean and offers different amenities including but not limited to tidy washrooms, a dryer, freezer, Wi-Fi, toaster oven and microwave. You can relax aboard the houseboat while watching a Blu-ray movie or explore the rich ancient history of the area. However, note that it is forbidden to move the boat, which is moored in an end slip with a fascinating view of the lake.

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Vonore, Tennessee, United States
48.13 km (30.0 mi) from World's Fair Park
62 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Boat 3 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
way better and more comfortable than i thought it would be
the place was spotless beds were comfortable amenities were great
very clean easy to use everything
clean and well stocked we had everything we needed
the cleanliness was adequate but could have been much better inside and out
everything was very clean and it definitely exceeded my expectations
josh is a great host who responds very quickly to any questions or concerns
josh is a very nice host quick to respond with questions
friendly neighbors and a pretty good restaurant next door this place is great
great place to stay very unique
great place to stay
such a fun place to stay
perfect place to stay if you are trying to have a fun laid back lake weekend
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Countless attractions in Tennessee

Indeed, finding the right boat can be exhausting. Look no further, the lakes of Tennessee have an extensive database of houseboats to suit all your needs. Take at least a week-long vacation in this region and you’ll be thrilled by countless on-shore and off-shore attractions.

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