Raquette Lake Weddings on the Water

Make your wedding a truly unique experience by having it quite literally, on the water! Your wedding could not get more romantic than aboard a gorgeous meticulously crafted ship, sailing on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains.

JillWillkissingupperdeckpinkskyThe W.W. Durant is available for your exclusive and private use. Donna Pohl and her staff will help you plan and execute an elegant and memorable wedding reception for up to 64 people. On the day of the wedding you can relax and enjoy your guests and each other.

If you have special attachment to the mountains and water of the Adirondacks, if you want the spectacular sky and clouds, sparkling water and pristine shoreline to be the backdrop of your photos, if you’re looking for something different and out of the ordinary, you’ll discover that choosing the Durant for the special day is a brilliant idea.

On board the W.W. Durant, your guests will marvel at the surrounding mountains, woods, and sparkling waters of Raquette Lake while enjoying delicious cuisine by Executive Chef James Pohl, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Captain Pohl, who has performed over 300 marriage ceremonies since he was appointed a marriage officer by the Town Board of Long Lake, can perform the ceremony, or you can bring your own officiant.

Wedding Ceremonies at Saint Williams

Rich in history and natural beauty, St Williams on Long Point is a boat-access-only decommissioned Catholic Church that can provide the quintessential backdrop for your Adirondack church wedding ceremony.

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Guest Lodging

Traditional lodging available in Inlet, Blue Mountain Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake, Long Lake or North Creek. Or experience a more traditional Adirondack style in nearby historic Adirondack landmarks.
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Wedding Photos

The mountains and water of the Adirondacks, the spectacular sky and clouds, sparkling water and pristine shoreline of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. These could all be the backdrop of your photos.
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Frequent Questions

Have questions about your Adirondack cruise wedding? Take a look through our frequently asked questions and discover that choosing the W.W. Durant for your special day is a brilliant idea.
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Since I was young I knew I wanted the WW Durant to be part of my wedding day.  I just wanted to let you all know how much we appreciated you making that special day so perfect….You all have blessed us, as well as our family and friends, with unforgettable memories and for that we are so grateful. Bethany & Josh E.

Our Staff

Wedding Planner

Donna B. Pohl has more than 25 years of experience planning weddings and other events from start to finish, not only for Raquette Lake Navigation on the WW Durant and some off-site venues, but also as President of and event planner for the regional chamber of commerce (CAA) and as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator at Long Lake Central School. CAA events included a huge motorcycle rally, Thunder in Old Forge and Snodeo, a snowmobile event attracting hundreds. LLCS hosted a Diversity Awareness Day with many presenters and workshops as well as a Health and Wellness Day organized similarly.  In the off-site weddings department Donna and her team executed one for 200 at View in Old Forge and several at Great Camp Sagamore, ranging in headcount from 100 to 150.  Taking place on the WW Durant she and her staff have organized close to 300 wedding receptions of various sizes and complexities.

Beverage Manager and Special Events Coordinator

Rachel C. Pohl has grown to maturity working in the family-owned and operated business, from age thirteen to the present time. As the beverage manager and special events coordinator for the last three years, Rachel has begun to understand the complexities of planning a flawless event. She has planned and executed such varying events as wine and beer food pairings, tastings and themed parties such as Jimmy Buffet and Gilligan’s Island. Her biggest challenge to date was helping plan and execute a 150 person off-site catered wedding where the bride and her mother had very specific ideas on what they wanted, for the bar especially. Mother and bride were completely satisfied at the conclusion of the celebration.


Chef Jim Pohl, a 2003 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, has worked in the seasonal family business with the culinary staff since he was a boy. To his list of restaurant experiences he includes working in Clearwater Beach, Florida, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Rochester. Chef Jim is responsible for creating and executing all menus on the boat, including supervising the culinary staff, ordering all food from purveyors and monitoring inventory. Jim and his sister Rachel collaborate in developing beer and wine food pairing menus as well as menus for other special events.

Nurture the mind, body and soul cruising and dining aboard the WW Durant on Raquette Lake. Call today to book a reservation.