FAQ

Q. How do I make a reservation?
A. To receive a quote for your houseboat outing: fill out an inquiry form or call to find out availability and pricing for your outing.

Q. How far in advance should I make a reservation?
A. As soon as possible, especially for holiday weekends.

Q. When is our payment due?
A. 50% due upon reservation of houseboat; remainder due 30 days prior to your trip.

Q. What are the fuel costs?
A. Fuel costs are separate and are calculated at the end of your trip. Fuel is used for driving the houseboat and used for the generator that powers all your systems while on the lake. Fuel use ranges from approximately 90 gallons for a weekend to 150 gallons for a week.

Q. What should I bring on my trip?
A. Food, beverages, paper goods, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera, cell phone, tennis shoes, water shoes, sunglasses, hats, bathing suits, sleeping bags for extra guests.

Q. What is the best way to plan our trip?
A. Organize how much food and beverages you will need for each day and plan the type of activities you may want to do such as rent jet skis or a ski boat, watch movies, play board games, etc.

Q. May we bring our pet?
A. No pets allowed

Q. What is there to do when we are parked at a cove?
A. Here are just a few of the many things to do on the lake:

  • swimming
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • camp fires
  • outdoor grilling
  • socializing on our party deck
  • relaxing
  • fishing
  • water slide fun
  • water toys and floats
  • rent ski boats
  • rent jet skis
  • tubing, wake-boarding and skiing if you rent or have a ski boat

 

Q. How many people can the houseboat sleep?
A. The houseboat can sleep 10 comfortably (4 bedrooms and a sleeper sofa)

Q. How many people can we host on the houseboat at one time?
A. We can host up to 50 people

Q. What do we do if there is bad weather?
A. You are securely tied on the shores of a cove and are completely safe inside our houseboat; our captain is on call 24 hours a day for your security and safety.

Q. What do we do if there is an emergency?
A. Call 911 first, and then call your captain who is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day.

Q. Do we get cell reception on Lake Travis?
A. Lake Travis has excellent cell reception.

Q. What do we do if we have any mechanical problems?
A. We have a master mechanic on call for mechanical problems. Also your boat captain can help with most issues; if a mechanical issue happens at night we will be out there as soon as possible the next day.

Q. What do I do if I get sea sick?
A. There are over the counter medications for sea sickness.  Most people however, do not get sea sick. The Dream Catcher has a wide stable base which prevents you from feeling the motion of the water like other boats.

Q. What about safety instructions and an orientation for the houseboat?
A. Our captain conducts a houseboat orientation for everyone in your party. He goes over procedures, boat operations, safety instructions, and everything you need to know about your houseboat stay.

Q. What are some Lake Travis facts?
A. Here are some basic facts about the lake

  • Length – 63 miles
  • Width – 4 1/2 miles wide
  • Shoreline – 271 miles
  • Depth – Average depth 62 feet Maximum depth 210 feet
  • Average Summer Water Temperature – 77°F
  • Average High Summer Temperature – 96.3
  • Average Low Summer Temperature – 73.1

Q. How is the water quality in Lake Travis?
A. The LCRA monitors all the highland lakes and here is the May 2010 water report:

  • Lake Travis Water Quality Rating – Lake Travis at Lago Vista
    “An excellent rating was earned by Lake Travis in May, with optimal water quality measurements for this time of year. Dissolved oxygen levels were high enough to support a viable fish community.  Nutrients levels were low.  Bacteria levels were also low.  The lake level was full. The temperature was tied with Inks Lake for the warmest in the upper basin at 77°F, and lake visibility was a clear six and a-half feet.”

Q. What are the most popular coves to moor the houseboat
A. A few of the most popular spots are Arkansas Bend and Devil’s Cove.

Q. What are the different LCRA parks on Lake Travis?
A. Lake Travis has 14 LCRA parks and recreation areas on its shores. Here are the links to each park for your information:

  • Arkansas Bend. The 323-acre park on the north shore of Lake Travis has camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing. For more information, see Arkansas Bend.
  • Bob Wentz at Windy Point. The 21-acre park has two sand volleyball courts, a hike-and-bike trail and picnic pavilion. It’s a popular spot with windsurfers. For more information, see Bob Wentz at Windy Point.
  • Cypress Creek. The park, 15 acres tucked away in a Lake Travis cove, has camping, boating, picnicking and fishing. For more information, see Cypress Creek.
  • Hippie Hollow. The park offers views of Lake Travis. It is the only clothing-optional public park in Texas. Only visitors 18 years and older can enter the 109-acre park. For more information, see Hippie HollowNew Feature: The Legend of Hippie Hollow
  • Mansfield Dam. The 71-acre park’s four-lane boat ramp is one of the prime locations for launching into Lake Travis. For more information, see Mansfield Dam.
  • Pace Bend. Pace Bend’s 1,368 acres feature nine miles of Lake Travis shoreline. Boaters have two ramps from which to launch into the lake. Visitors also can ride horses, hike and picnic. For more information, see Pace Bend.
  • Sandy Creek. On a north branch of Lake Travis, Sandy Creek offers swimming, nature walks and birding with views of Lake Travis. For more information, see Sandy Creek.

Q. What kinds of fish are in Lake Travis?
A. LCRA supports catch and release; there are Striped bass, Largemouth bass, White bass, Guadalupe bass, sunfish, Blue catfish, carp, crappie.