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About Raquette Lake Navigation Company

Raquette Lake Navigation Company has been family owned and operated for 27 years. Known for our delicious food, meticulously clean and well-maintained vessel, attention to detail, hospitality and personal touch, we’ve been navigating one of the most beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks since 1991. We offer a variety of cruise and tour options for out of town visitors and locals alike.

Explore the pristine and relatively undeveloped environment of Raquette Lake aboard the W.W. Durant and enjoy fascinating extemporaneous historic commentary provided by Captain Dean Pohl. Learn about the history of Raquette Lake, which was the playground for millionaires during the Gilded Age and home to wilderness retreats built for JP Morgan, Alfred Vanderbilt, Collis P. Huntington, the Carnegies, the Colliers and other prestigious families.  In fact, the word “vacation” was coined during this era:  the wealthy “vacated” their homes in the hot, dirty city for the cooler, salubrious air of the mountains.

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.