Houseboat Expo

2016 Houseboat Expo Dates Announced!  Mark Your Calendars!
June 10th, 11th and 12th - Lake Cumberland State Dock 



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Live Entertainment (UPDATE COMING)
Boat Giveaway (UPDATE COMING)
Captain's Course 
Pricing and Tickets
Exhibitor List (UPDATE COMING)
Expo History
Why exhibit?
Want to exhibit? CLICK HERE


What exactly is the National On Water Houseboat Expo? A great three-day dock party this summer that is specifically geared towards houseboating. On Friday, June 10th we’ll be celebrating our eighth On Water Expo at State Dock on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky and our 17th year as the only houseboat-specific boat show. To help kickoff the three-day celebration we’re  keeping our Luau theme, which means the fun will carry on well past the scheduled hours of the show. So bring your favorite island shirt, shorts, hats and party favors and join the fun!

Friday’s show hours are from 2 pm to 7 pm (Central) with a live band that night for all patrons to enjoy. Then on Saturday, the show runs from 10 am to 6 pm and again a live band will perform to end the day. And on Sunday the hours range from 11 am to 4 pm and this year’s event promises to provide great products and lots of fun.   

While the Luau theme will help keep the Expo fun, the real draw to our annual show is and always will be the exhibitors. Where else can you meet and talk with the houseboat manufacturers, tour dozens of new and used houseboats, run-a-bouts, pontoons, ski boats, shop for aftermarket products, as well view different types of secondary watercrafts? Plus the show will be staffed with insurance and finance companies, as well as houseboat brokers to help answer any questions you might have.

Besides the boat giveaway, on-dock poker run, food, prizes and entertainment, there will also be educational seminars held as well as a captain’s course where you can learn to operate a houseboat.  

With live music on Friday and Saturday night following the show, you won’t want to leave State Dock and that’s what makes Houseboat Row so popular for attendees. State Dock converts many of its rental houseboats into “boatels” for the Expo. These houseboats do not leave the marina and are less expensive than most hotel rooms.

Plan on joining the Houseboat magazine staff at State Dock the first weekend in June for a once-a-year celebration of what makes houseboating so much fun. 

Live Entertainment

In 2015,  we enjoyed the great music of Warnermann Boys starring Terry Wariner and Rick Mann.  The five piece band performed Southern Rock to Classic Country with an edge, and a few originals tossed in for good measure.  Terry and Rick have been performing together since they were in high school in Russell County, Kentucky.  On occasion Terry still plays with his well known brother, Steve Wariner, in Nashville at the Grand Old Opry. Check out a video of them HERE.   We are working on the band for 2016 and will release information soon!

Boat Giveaway

The On Water Expo wouldn't be the same without our annual poker run. In 2015, the grand prize was a complete boat package includes: 2285 Hampton Pontoon with Suzuki 115 engine, and a Bear 1322T trailer to haul it home with. From Hampton Pontoon by Playcraft  We are working on a brand new grand prize package for 2016, check back for updated information and plan on coming to the show!

Here are some of the great prizes from Airhead & Sportsstuff to be given away!

2411 Marine Misting System

Love boating, but Hate being hot? The 2411 Misting System is the ultimate solution for your comfort. A 6 gallon water tank connects to a misting bar, which then releases through two heads creating a refreashing blast of mist. 


- 2411 Marine Misting System
- Lowers the Surrounding Temperature by 25 Degrees!
- Includes a 6 Gallon Tank, (2) No-Drip Misting Heads, (1) Misting Bar, a 30 ft. Hose & Velcro Straps
- Additional Misting Bars can be purchased and added for twice the power
- 12v Cigarette Adapter is included and the On/ Off switch can be used to save power
- The six gallon tank lasts 6 hours, and with (2) mister bars the tank will last 3 hours
- Proudly Made in the U.S.A. 


Captain's Course

Learn How to be in charge of your own boat. Captain Don Hevener will show you all the ins and outs of running your houseboat. Friday: June 10th at 4:00 pm (central time) Saturday: June 11th at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm

Pricing and Tickets

1-day pas $10
3-day pass $20 (Free Expo shirt with three day pass while supplies last)
Children under 13 are FREE
Tickets and t-shirt will not be mailed on pre-orders. You can pick them up at the show.


Overnight Options:

Stay on "Houseboat Row" at State Dock - in the middle of all the action! 

State Dock is unique in that during the On Water houseboat Expo they convert many of their rental houseboats into "boatels." These houseboaters do not leave the marina and are parked on "Houseboat Row" during the Expo. They are less expensive than most hotel rooms - AND - you won't miss any of the fun!

- They have boats that sleep from 10 to 16 people.
- Check out this exclusive pricing for the On the Water Expo only.

Boatels on the Water

300.00 deposit Rental due 30 days prior

**Generator Fuel is NOT included

Model 3-night rate

Admiral $450.00
400 $520.00
450 $520.00
500 $660.00
600 $640.00
750 $730.00
800 $775.00
900 $800.00
950 $800.00
750, 800, 900, & 950 - Subject to availability no more than 2 weeks prior to the event.

Want to win a FREE BOATEL STAY?

Show your spirit by decorating your boat with this year’s theme “Luau on the Lake”….aren’t renting a boatel this year? No problem. Just show up with your family or group dressed in Luau style. You will get added points for chants, songs, skits and other fun ideas. With a chant, a song, a skit or something fun. We will judge the winning group and provide you with a FREE boatel at our next show”

Lake Cumberland State Dock
Attn: Reservations Dept.
6365 State Park Road
jamestown, KY 42629

Cabins, Hotels & RV Parks

Or you can book a room at Lake Cumberland through Kentucky State Parks:

800-255-PARK (7275)


Hotel at Jamestown Resort

The Jamestown Resort & Marina is another great option located just across the water from State Dock!

Water taxis are available to take you back & forth across the water. 

Call 270-343-1301 talk to Freda for your reservations.

***Attendees and exhibitors: be sure to ask about the exclusive expo discount ***

Other Hotels in Area

Stay in the beautiful surrounding area, just minutes away.

For a list of additional accomodations in Jamestown, click here


Driving Directions

Click Here for personalized driving directions

2015 Exhibitors List

BacTank T3

Boat Command KY

Cincinnati * Louisville Mastercraft

Coast to Coast Yacht Sales

Community Trust Bank

Denney Marine

Dreams In Motion

Elite Boat Sales

High Performance Coolers, LLC.

Horizons LTD

Houseboat Outlet, Inc.

Houseboats Buy Terry, Inc.


LilliPad Diving Boards


Lake Art, LLC

Old Kentucky Insurance



Sea Ray of Cincinnati

Sumerset Houseboats

Sunbrella Marine

Sunstar Houseboats

Sunstar Yacht Sales & Brokerage

Stardust Crusiers

Stokley's Marine

Thoroughbred Houseboats

Two Brother's Grillin

Unlimited Marine

Westerbeke Corporation

Woodies Restorations


Each June houseboat enthusiasts from all over the world converge to not only tour dozens of houseboats, but to also celebrate the houseboating lifestyle and catch up with friends. Houseboat magazine’s annual National Houseboat Expo has become a staple for the industry since it’s the only show that brings all the houseboat manufacturers together, yet it’s hard to believe the show began from humble beginnings in attempt to give the houseboat market a venue of its own to showcase houseboat-specific products.

“Before our first run at it in 1999, the national and international show circuits offered next to none when it came to houseboats,” recalls Houseboat Editor Brady Kay. “Yet at this same time the houseboat market was in a rapid expansion. Several new houseboat manufacturers were popping up, our subscription numbers were accelerating by the day and boat facilities across North America had quickly come to appreciate an exclusive form of dock community—the houseboat marina. The timing was perfect for a show to call our own.”

Following the first Expo that was held in March of 1999 in Nashville, Tenn., the show ventured to other in-door locations including Louisville, Ky., as well as two Houseboat Expos out west in Reno, Nev.

With a successful following, in 2009 the show producers while searching for ways to improve on the ultimate and only houseboat-specific boat show, decided to take the National Houseboat Expo to the water and it was an instant hit.

“While traditional boat shows are indoors, the On Water Expo takes interested parties to the dock to see exactly what the houseboating lifestyle is like,” says Houseboat Publisher Greg Larsen. “It’s truly an experience like no other.”

In 2015, the On Water Expo will once again take over the docks at the State Dock Marina on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. The seventh annual on-water venue continues to attract houseboaters from all over the globe with this truly unique show that includes live music at night and houseboats that can be rented so attendees can stay near the action. 

Houseboat Expo, Nashville, TN March 19-21, 1999

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 31-April 2, 2000

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 30-April 1, 2001

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 1-3, 2002

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 28-March 2, 2003

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 27-29, 2004

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 4-6, 2005

Houseboat Expo West, Reno, NV October 28-30, 2005

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 3-5, 2006

Houseboat Expo West, Reno, NV October 6-8, 2006

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 2-4, 2007

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 14-16, 2008

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY February 20-22, 2009

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY September 25-27, 2009

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 5-7, 2010

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY August 27-29, 2010

Houseboat Expo, Louisville, KY March 18-20, 2011

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY August 26-28, 2011

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 8-10, 2012

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 7-9, 2013

Houseboat On Water Expo, Jamestown, KY June 6-8, 2014

Why Exhibit

Why should you exhibit with us?

* Meet highly qualified, targeted attendees who are passionate about houseboating and the houseboating way of life.

* The 2016 Houseboat Expo is the place to be if you want to see some of the industry's leading manufacturers unveil their brand-new, never before seen houseboats.

* Hosted at the beautiful Lake Cumberland State Dock in Kentucky, this venue is perfect for houseboaters and enthusiasts alike to come together to learn, participate and buy all things houseboating.

* Amazing seminars and the Captain's Course bring interested, hungry-for-houseboating attendees.

* The Houseboat Expo is promoted through the Houseboat Expo website, Houseboat Magazine's Website, Facebook pages, through affiliate websites, and in the pages of Houseboat Magazine and Pontoon & Deck Boat Magazine - and this year, we're adding your logos to our t-shirts (space is limited)!!! 

* Our popular Poker Run Tournament, which awards great prizes, generates excitement and interest in attending the show.

* Attendees come from all over the country! 

Want to exhibit? CLICK HERE

Please call 208-542-2240 with any questions. We would love to have you join us for a fun filled weekend.