Two Night Minimum
$200.00 Per Night
2 Guest Rooms
1 Double Bed And TV Upstairs
1 Queen futon, 1 Double Alcove Downstairs
Table, 4 Chairs
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Window A/C and Heating Unit
UPSTAIRS, SLEEPING ROOM
Includes double bed with TV and air conditioner
LOWER LEVEL, LIVING ROOM
Includes queen futon, dining table w/4 chairs,
TV, Alcove w/double foam mattress & pillows
Fully equipped kitchen, includes refrigerator, microwave,
coffeemaker, cookware, etc.
Covered pavilion with picnic table and BBQ pit (charcoal).
Outside fire pit
SMOKING, outside only
This cottage is surrounded by beautiful trees and
has a large deck with lake view
COTTAGE NO. 7 HAS UNDERGONE
AN EXTREME MAKEOVER and offers a unique history.
The steel hull is made from ¼
deck plate steel that was used in boxcars to carry ammunition
that was unloaded with forklifts for the Longhorn U. S.
Army Ammunition Plant in Karnack, TX during WWII. These
railroad cars were built in 1952 in Illinois. The handrails
are made from 1 pipe that was the air lines for
the brakes on the railroad cars. It is 36 feet long, has
2 decks and weighs 9-l/2 tons. It has 250,000 ft. of electric
wire inside its hull.
This is the third houseboat built by Gary
Summers of Karnack and was built like a Sherman tank especially
for Caddo Lake, because of the stumps and cypress knees.
Gary started this boat in his front yard and 14 months
later on Dec. 26, 1988, launched it at the TX 43
bridge ramp and spent 3-4 months more completing it.
Wes and I purchased the boat from Gary in
1999 with plans to have a floating houseboat cottage.
Shortly afterwards, Wes health kept us from fulfilling
that dream. Then in 2005, we came up with the idea of
moving the houseboat out of the lake and making a cottage
on land. Finally, in April, 2005, Johnny Winn in a small
fishing boat, directing, and John McCullough in a pontoon
boat, pushing, managed to float the houseboat to Johnsons
Ranch Marinas boat launch ramp. Rick Sparks House
Moving of Henderson, TX took on the daunting task at that
point of moving it out of the lake, relocating it to 557
Cypress Drive in Uncertain, TX and leveling it up
which they accomplished without a hitch.
The makeover began with Johnny Procell of
Karnack, who cut out the motor and back of the boat so
that construction could begin on the monumental task of
converting it from a houseboat to a cottage on land. Combining
wood with steel was not an everyday challenge, but the
job was finally completed.
Also, the extreme makeover was a challenge
for Keller Construction Company of Jefferson who put all
his expertise to work and figured out a way to plumb in
a small full bathroom in the boat. Carl did have to locate
the hot water heater outside in an outhouse.
In October, 2005, we had our first guests
in Cottage No. 7, The Ship Wreck.