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Raquette Lake Navigation Co

254 Antlers Road, Raquette Lake, NY 13436
+1 315-354-5532
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Cruise and dine or just cruise on Raquette Lake aboard the WW Durant. Breath-taking scenery, fascinating history and delicious food combine to create... more » Owner description: Cruise and dine or just cruise on Raquette Lake aboard the WW Durant. Breath-taking scenery, fascinating history and delicious food combine to create an experience you can't wait to do again. Choose a luncheon cruise, dinner, Sunday brunch, sightseeing excursion or moonlight cruise. Cruising daily in July and August through Labor Day. Full public schedule weekends in Sept through Columbus Day weekend. Midweek in the fall we cruise with preformed groups of 20 or more. Individuals are usually welcome to piggy back unless it's a private charter.Nurture your mind, body and soul with a cruise aboard the WW Durant! Here's something different! Visit the winter Ice Boat for sone delicious chili and a hot or cold beverage. We freeze the Durant into the ice and are open Thurs-Sun. Free tacos on Fri nights from 6 pm until we're out. Holiday weeks like Christmas and Feb break we're open daily and, of course on Mondays on those 3 day weekends like martin Luther King. Totally different from the summer boat! TV, juke box, darts, very limited menu. We're a warm spot on the trail if you're snowmobiling between Old Forge, Inlet, Indian Lake, Newcomb and Long Lake. Great trail system. Come check it out! « less
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Liverpool, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very comfortable boat. Staff was excellent. Helpful, courteous and very attentive. The captain narrated throughout but not constantly. Great history lesson! I can't say enough about the food. The chef outdid himself. The combinations of flavors were awesome. It was buffet style however the salad and dessert were served at your table to you. Tables were called individually therefore there... More

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We boarded the Durant and had leisurely reasonably priced cocktails on the top deck and listened to some history of the lake and area! Just the right amount of talking,and then great music We chose to add a nice cheeses plate to our cocktails which was yummy as well as artfully arranged. When we were called down to dinner, I... More

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Rome, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We had a mavelous time on the W.W. Durant cruising Raquette Lake. The boat launch is conveniently located just off route 28, upon first entering the village. We went during the week and avoided the usual congestion of Old Forge. The crew were particularly accomodating and customer friendly. There was a full bar. The lunch was tasty...more than I expected;... More

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. So glad you had a wonderful experience and we hope to see you again! Donna More

hamilton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Our family group of 9 had a terrific time on the Raquette Lake Steam Boat operated by Captain Dean and his family. The staff were very helpful, the scenery outstanding, the food and drinks very good and the atmosphere A+.

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post such complimentary words. Hope to see you again! Donna More

Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We took the Father's Day Prime Rib dinner buffet and it was a wonderful treat! Not only was the weather picture perfect, the food was divine and innovative--horseradish smashed potatoes, sauted vegetables, rosemary-lemon bars--not like many buffets. The tour narration was informative and folksy, the staff welcoming and friendly and the boat clean. It was an overall lovely, tasty evening... More

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Thank you Sarah for your kind words. When it all comes together, with a beautiful day, great food, breathtaking scenery, fascinating historic commentary.....it doesn't get any better! Donna More

Edmond
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

My family and I took the Raquette Lake dinner cruise and really enjoyed it. The food was top notch , with tomato/cucumber salad, prime rib, chicken, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit, etc . The service was great. Only wish it hadn't been raining.

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience. We put our order in for a nice day every day! Donna More

Scotia, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We visited several years ago on the dinner cruise. It was a fall day and the scenery was gorgeous, but unfortunately it was pouring rain on the day we went, which meant the inside dining area of the boat was really crowded. We were like sardines packed into a can...among people as wet and damp as we were! The food... More

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Catherine, it is tight when we're sold out. And when you can't start the cruise on the upper deck and come down to the dining room to go through the buffet line as we call your party, it's a bummer. Next time you come let's hope for gorgeous weather! When we're not sold out, it's really pleasant, even when it... More

Syracuse, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

I have spent years around and about in the Adirondack Mountains and never heard of the Racquette Lake Navigation Co. Boy was I missing something really special. This trip was awesome. We took the lunch cruise in August 2013 and we were plesantly surprised. The tour was awesome, the narration was really great and the food was outstanding! I hope... More

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experience on the WW Durant. It's a partnership! If you keep coming, we keep providing! Just so you know, you can buy gift certificates for Christmas and our gift to you, as thanks, is to give you a voucher for 20% of the value of your purchase. So,... More

Watertown, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Our fourth luncheon cruise with the company, it's a "must do" every time we visit the area. Tours of the lake are beautiful and informative. For the first time this year, the cruise offered was for the Pine Knot Camp Tour owned by SUNY Cortland, a short hike and lunch on the boat. This trip was for the Great Camp... More

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

So glad you were able to take advantage of that special offering. Pine Knot is not normally open to the public. The director makes available a few tours during the season when we can partner with Sagamore and offer this spectacular homage to the legacy of William West Durant: Great Camp Sagamore tour and/or weekend, Pine Knot tour, St Williams... More

Penfield, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Truly a wonderful experience from start to finish. We went on the dinner and Saranac beer pairing cruise. The food was out of this world. The service was impeccable, The boat is absolutely beautiful. The scenery is just stunning. The execution of all the courses and beer samplings went seamlessly. Every staff member was spot on. The food was timed... More

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this review

Many thanks for taking the time to write about your experience on the WW Durant. The best advertising is word of mouth and we thank you. More

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