Rental Conditions

  • Houseboat rentals are rented by the 4-day weekend (Friday – Monday) , the 3-day midweek (Tuesday – Thursday) or weekly (Friday – Thursday OR Tuesday – Monday).
  • Boarding times are anytime after 9 AM and before 2:30 PM. Boats must be back by 3:00 PM on the final day.
  • Security/damage deposit: Is fully refundable at the end of your vacation (within 5-7 business days) less any damages caused by the Lessee. The deposit will be used as a deductible for any damages. Insurance (if accepted) will cover all other physical damage costs incurred by Lessor.

Houseboat Rental Deposit Amounts:

  Mid-Week Weekends Full Week
Days Away $500 $500 $1,000
Delite $800 $800 $1,300
Escape $500 $500 $1,000
Fleet 10 $800 $800 $1,300
Therapy $800 $800 $1,300
  • Refunds will not be made on houseboat rentals returned early or for late departures.
  • Prior to departure, a lease agreement must be signed and dated. 30 days in advance the rental fee needs to be paid in full subject to a 5.5% state tax.
  • Renters are responsible for fuel upon return.
  • Pets are welcome on our houseboats, however prior approval must be obtained and a per animal fee will be charged.
  • Must be 25 years of age to rent or operate boats.
  • Any damage caused by your operation of the boat is your responsibility.
  • Alma Marina/Great River Houseboats is not responsible for any damages while the boat is in your possession.
  • A cleaning fee may apply to boats returned without being cleaned prior to drop off.
    • Wash all dishes and put away.
    • Vacuum only the inside of the houseboat.
    • Leave linens & blankets, and pillows on the beds.
    • Clean the bathrooms.
    • Have all personal items packed and ready to unload from the boat.

In case of emergency while on the river:

  • Call 911 from your cell phone.
  • If another boat or property is damaged, make arrangements with the property owner to cover any damages.
  • Call the marina to fill out an incident report.
  • Insurance taken out prior to your departure covers only physical damage to the boat
  • Insurance is available at a rate of $35 or $45 per day (depends on which boat is rented).  You may choose to waive the insurance and instead submit an additional damage/security deposit prior to departure for all the houseboats.
  • To avoid any misunderstandings concerning breakdowns, accidents, inclement weather, or loss of cruising time we check all mechanical equipment prior to your departure in our houseboat rentals. You need not accept your boat until you are satisfied with your boat and equipment. However, once upon the river, you alone are responsible for its operation. Under these circumstances, we cannot be responsible for any loss of cruising time due to mechanical failure, weather, illness, accident etc.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you must cancel, notify us in writing.
  • If you cancel greater than 45 days from your boarding date, your deposit will be refunded minus a 10% service charge.
  • If you cancel less than 45 days from your boarding date, your deposit will be refunded minus a 25% service charge.
  • Cancellations less than  30 days prior to departure are subject to forfeiture of your entire deposit.
  • Once payment is made there are no refunds.
  • Any rescheduling will be subject to the same cancellation policies.
  • We regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies as a cause for cancellations.
  • Balance is due 30 days prior to trip in the form of a personal check or money order.