Top 16 Houseboats For Rent In Tennessee, USA - Updated 2022


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. Lovely houseboat with stunning sunset views (from USD 317)

Have you ever wanted to live in a floating home? That’s exactly what’s waiting at Whitman Hollow Marina. This lovely cottage houseboat is located on the lake and can only be reached by boat. Apart from its plush beds and comfy seating areas, this living space also features a kitchen that is fully equipped, so you can prepare delicious meals with ease.

In the evenings, light the grill and cook tasty barbecues for dinner before heading to the upper deck to enjoy spectacular sunset views.

Three Bedroom FLOATING Home @Froggies/ Whitman Hollow Marina.
5 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
had such a great time in this clean well kept property
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2. Three-bedroom floating house in Norris Lake (from USD 345)

Located on Norris Lake, this three-bedroom floating house offers a scenic and peaceful atmosphere for its guests. Its front porch is furnished with a gas grill and is a great place to see the beautiful sunset. Inside, guests will find a pull-out couch, two flat-screen TVs with DVD players, a stereo system, and a kitchen with a stove and an oven. There are also kayaks and canoes available.

Conveniently, the floating house is less than 6 mi (9.6 km) away from Cove Lake State Park, Norris Dam State Park, and Sugar Hollow Marina.

Attitude Adjustment Beautiful Floating Home on Scenic Norris Lake
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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3. Sweet Abi Mae (from USD 428)

Sweet Abi Mae is a 42-foot (12.8-meter) Catamaran Cruiser Aqua Lodge Houseboat that can comfortably sleep up to 8 people. Enjoy a magnificent family bonding time in this houseboat as the upper and lower decks offer a great place to relax and enjoy the views. The water slide is a fun way to start your relaxing swim on the water.

Don’t worry about safety as there are a couple of life jackets available. Indoors, guests will find a TV, DVD player, central heating system, stove, and coffee maker.

Sweet Abi Mae - Cruising houseboat in Knoxville TN
11 reviews
house boat 7 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 7
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen was well stocked bathrooms as well
the houseboat itself was awesome everything was new clean and organized
our family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed staying on sweet abi mae the house was very clean neat and tidy
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4. Docked, single bedroom yacht (from USD 133)

This docked single-bedroom yacht offers a great place to enjoy the peaceful waters of Douglas Lake. It comes with a twin bed, a kitchenette with a stovetop, a pull-out couch, four TVs, and a bathroom with a shower. There is a water slide and kayaks available for guests who want to go for a swim or explore the lake. The hot tub is also a great place to relax while enjoying the beautiful mountain and lake views.

This houseboat is only 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from Dandridge Golf & Country Club, 4 mi (6.4 km) from McGuire Creek, 6.5 mi (10.4 km) from Mountain Cove Marina, and 8.9 mi (14.3 km) from Adrenaline Park.

DOCKED-Modern Clean Houseboat on Douglas Lake, TN
13 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
property owners were fantastic
they were very nice and accommodating
we stayed in the tiny house the property owners made every effort to make our stay pleasant
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5. Jamestowner (from USD 243)

This 1984 Jamestowner has been renovated to fit modern standards while retaining some of its old charms. It features rustic beams on the ceiling, magnificent furniture, and great appliances. Some of these amenities include a smart TV with a DVD player, air conditioning, and a kitchen with a stove and grill. Guests also have access to kayaks in case they want to explore the water.

In terms of notable locations, this houseboat is only 16 mi (25.7 km) from Dollywood, 16.1 mi (25.9 km) from the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show, 17.7 mi (28.4 km) from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and 21.3 mi (34.2 km) from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED HOUSEBOAT on Tennessee River (**Boat cannot be moved**)
43 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the newly remodeled interior was cozy and fabulous
waking up to the river out of the master room was a complete joy
the beds were clean and cozy
this property was super clean inviting and cozy
it's different convenient and very clean
the host angie and her family were very gracious and responsive
the check in process was amazing property owner and parents were so personable and welcoming
no issues at all angie was a great host
angie has the touch for decorating and being a wonderful host
i recommend calhoun's the barbecue is spot on it is relaxing and the people are very friendly
its a cute cozy little spot close to downtown and the greenway path
the location is awesome quiet when you want and just a few blocks from all the action
this by far is the best place we have ever stayed
7 miles away from the boat so trolley or walk and you are good to go
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6. Cozy houseboat in a gated marina (from USD 286)

This four-bedroom houseboat offers a cozy place for up to six people. Featuring 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, this houseboat guarantees a restful stay for everyone throughout your vacation. Located at Volunteer Landing Marina, the boat has a designated parking spot and a parking pass for your convenience and with the marina being gated, security isn’t much of a problem.

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.

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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7. Romantic vintage retreat

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)
33 reviews
house boat 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

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

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
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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8. Charming old fishing boat on Lake Chickamauga (from USD 88)

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!

Ye olde pirates vessel
Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States
123 reviews Superhost  Wifi Available
Houseboat 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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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9. Modern and upscale floating house (from USD 320)

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
11 reviews  Wifi Available
house boat 9 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 9
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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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10. Three-deck houseboat on the Tennessee River (from USD 350)

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
37 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

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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11. Gorgeous cottage houseboat on Norris Lake (from USD 135)

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
26 reviews Superhost
Houseboat 4 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

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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12. Cozy haven at Powell Valley Marina on Norris Lake (from USD 229)

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 - Kimbo’s Kabin (add our pontoon too!)
LaFollette, Tennessee, United States
41 reviews Superhost
Houseboat 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

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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13. 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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14. 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 8 Guests 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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15. Relaxing floating house at Bass Bay Marina

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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16. Spacious two-level homey boathouse

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
32 reviews  Wifi Available
Houseboat 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

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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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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