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We thank you and our staff over the years for enabling us to reach and commence our 29th 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:

  1.  We begin cruising Saturday, June 15, 2019, kicking off with our Annual Mitch Frasier Music Cruise, 9-11 pm.  Full moon that night too!
  2. We are taking reservations.  Give us a call 315-354-5532.  Or book online.
  3. When you call in your reservation, we take your credit card to hold it.  We do not process the card at the time of booking. You can pay with credit card or cash when you board.
  4. We have a 24 hr cancellation policy.  If things change, you can always cancel up to 24 hours before the cruise.
  5. The 3rd week in June we’re offering TWO Father’s Day Prime Rib Buffet dinner cruises.
  6. 2-4-1 lunches on Mon June 17 and Wed June 19. We’ve got a number of private charters that week so a limited public schedule.
  7. Cruising daily begins Sun, June 23 and continues through Labor Day, September 2.
  8. From Labor Day through Columbus Day, October 14, we have a full schedule on weekends (Sat lunch, excursion and dinner plus Sun Champagne brunch)
  9. Midweek in the fall we cruise with preformed groups.  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.
  10. Rachel is finalizing special events.  Annual Jimmy Buffet Party on Sat July 6.
  11. Wine Pairing luncheon cruise with Bet the Farm Winery on Sat July 13.
  12. Beer Pairing dinner cruise on July 26 with John Naegle & Buried Acorn.
  13. Dr. Frank wine pairing dinner cruise on Fri Aug 9.
  14. Fulkerson Winery pairing luncheon cruise Sat Aug 24.
  15. Annual Labor Day Saranac Beer tasting on Sun Sept 1 with BBQ, free beer, music & cruising.
  16. 3 Moonlights this season- June 15 with Mitch Frasier; July 13 with Joe Bolton; Aug 17 with Midnite Mike
  17. 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 Sunday-Thursday night in Sept or Oct.
  18. Camp Pine Knot guided tours as follows:  July 4, Aug 2, Aug 5, Aug 14,Oct 2.  Visiting Camp Pine Knot is a rare treat.  It is not open to the public except by special permission. Call 315-354-5532 to reserve.



A 5-Star Cruise Company

“mY 5TH TRIP WAS THE LUNCH CRUISE LAST Tuesday…the food was spectacular….do you have a cookbook ????? Best Apple Crisp I have ever had. The dressing on the Caprese’ salad was perfect. I would love to have these recipes. The creamed pearl onions were wonderful ! We love the cruise and recommend to anyone we know travelling to the mountains. Thank you very much !”

-Debra N.

“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. 

“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. 

“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.

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.