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The Loft

Our winter housekeeping cottage is now open for seasonal rental. With direct access to Snowmobile Trail, Uncas Road, you will be in prime location for skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing. Book your cozy cottage escape now!


We thank you and our staff over the years for enabling us to reach and complete a 28th season cruising and dining on Raquette Lake.

“…around half of all businesses no longer exist after five years. Only one-third make it past their 10th anniversary. These statistics have been remarkably consistent through the years. Interestingly, major economic downturns don’t seem to affect the survival rates for new businesses.

…survival rates begin to flatten out after several years of operation. The longer a business lasts, the more likely it is to last even longer.”  USA Today 5/21/17

We’re aware of the statistics.  We are grateful we are not in the group of failures.  We are optimistic about the future continued success of Raquette Lake Navigation.  Rest assured.  We know who our partners are and we know we wouldn’t be here today without the support and loyalty of our many customers and staff.

With love,

Donna, Captain Dean, Chef Jim, Rachel and Wendy

1991-Donna,Rachel (13 yrs), Jim (10 yrs), Capt Dean

Answers to FAQ:

We begin cruising Memorial Day weekend, May 25, 2019.  Cruising daily begins June 24, 2019 and continues through Labor Day, September 2, 2019.  From Labor Day through Columbus Day, October 14, we have a full schedule on weekends (Sat lunch, excursion and dinner plus Sun Champagne brunch) and cruise with preformed groups midweek.  Individuals are welcome to “piggyback” with preformed groups, pending availability and if appropriate (i.e. not a private party).  We require only a minimum of 20 to schedule a preformed group cruise, so don’t hesitate to get a group of friends together and plan a cruise on the WW Durant.  Could be a tasting or pairing cruise; a dance cruise or one of our traditional luncheon or dinner cruises.  The excuses for such a cruise could be anything:  birthday, anniversary, reunion, graduation, or just because.

It’s not too early to book for next year.  If you have certain dates you know you’re in the area, give us a call and book your reservations.  Not to worry.  We have a 24 hr cancellation policy.  So if things change, you can always cancel up to 24 hours before the cruise.

Brides and grooms- consider saying your vows with a view.  Book your wedding and reception on the WW Durant.  I can sharpen my pencil if you book your private charter sometime between Memorial Day weekend and June 23 OR Mon-Friday in Sept or Oct.

And finally, think about who you need to buy Christmas and Hanukkah presents for.  A gift certificate for a cruise and dine experience is the perfect gift.  AND you’ll be supporting a family-owned and operated local small business!


A 5-Star Cruise Company

“Went on the cruise offered at Americade 2014. Fellow traveler had set it up and I was not too thrilled to park my bike for the day and ride a boat. It turned out to be the BEST part of the entire week we spent in the area. The food was the best we had all week. The cruise around the lake was peaceful with a very interesting narrative on the history of the lake by Captain Pohl. Very, VERY nice day. Highly recommended. Don’t miss it if you’re in that area.”

– Richard S., January 2017

“We had a fabulous cruise/dining experience once again aboard the W.W. Durant on Raquette Lake! Many thanks to the Pohl Family for your wonderful hospitality and the best meal ever. We know you don’t control the weather, but Saturday evening was absolutely perfect!”

– Susan G., September 2017

“Fantastic! We took an intimate dining cruise for our one year anniversary. Weather was perfect, the dinner was excellent, and the full moon topped the night off perfectly. Highly recommended!”

– Dick M., August 2016

“We had a wonderful time on the Luncheon cruise. The food was delicious and you could even go back to the buffet for seconds. The Captain gave an interesting narration of Raquette Lake before and after our lunch while we were on the upper deck enjoying a drink. This is very nice way to see all of Raquette Lake and the small ship and staff made our cruise very enjoyable!”

– Judith L., July 2017

Private Events

Raquette Lake Navigation offers a variety of private options for your next event! Enjoy family reunions, weddings, group tours, parties, and more aboard a scenic cruise on the WW Durant.