We are looking at doing a houseboat rental in Voyageurs NP for a group of 8-9. Basicaly my parents (in their 80's) with me & my two brothers and our wives (and maybe a grandkid). Slated for August 2012 but we are invstigating now and need ot make reservation by January.
After exploring via Google and other means we have come down to two operators - Voyagaire on Crane Lake or Ebels on Ash River. Both look good but Ebels is about $1,000 less for their largest boat for a week. Also Ebels is more central to either Namakan or Kabetogama where as Voyagaire is way down at Crane Lake (although the route up to Namakan could be interesting).
Looking to see if anyone has had relatvely recent experience with either. I found some reviews in old posts for Voyagaire but nothing for Ebels (yet). I am sure we would be very well off with Voyagaire (the one we first started researching) but saving a grand is worth considering too.