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St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour
4.5

St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour

By Rock Island Lighthouse State Park
Recommended by 93% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher

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$33.00
per adult

Ages 0-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 2h 45m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English


  • Sightseeing cruise by glass-bottom boat
  • Local naturalist guide
  • Admission to Rock Island
  • Restroom on board
  • Entry/Admission - Clayton Island Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Rock Island Lighthouse State Park
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Picnic Lunch - $12.00 Adult/$8.00 Children - Please call ahead to pre-order


Departure details
  • 39621 Chateau Ln, Clayton, NY 13624, USA • From Interstate 81 we are approximately 5 miles south of I-81 (Exit 56 south, Route 12) and the Thousand Islands Bridge. • From Watertown take Route 12 exit (Bradley Street) to Clayton, turn right at the Light, 39621 Chateau Lane is less than a mile on your left!
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6799RILGBB

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Picnic Lunches are available for all tours - $12.00 Adult/$8.00 Children - Please call ahead to pre-order
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. Receive boarding pass from our blue ticket booth
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour?
St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour price starts from $33.00. Discover and book St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour cancellation policy?
St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour?
St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour is hosted by Rock Island Lighthouse State Park. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Rock Island Lighthouse State Park on Tripadvisor. Discover and book St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour on Tripadvisor
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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    39621 Chateau Ln
    39621 Chateau Ln, Clayton, NY 13624, USA
    • From Interstate 81 we are approximately 5 miles south of I-81 (Exit 56 south, Route 12) and the Thousand Islands Bridge. • From Watertown take Route 12 exit (Bradley Street) to Clayton, turn right at the Light, 39621 Chateau Lane is less than a mile on your left!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Clayton Island Tours
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Rock Island Lighthouse State Park
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Wellesley Island State Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

pearlb162
pearlb162
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A must see lighthouse on a beautiful little island!
We took a Clayton boat tour here and loved it! Friendly and knowledgeable tour of lighthouse. Beautiful Island!
Michelle D
Michelle D
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Worth the stop
We had our own boat with us so stopped to check it out. Loaded with history of the lighthouses on the St. Lawrence
wzhou80228
wzhou80228
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A must-visit place
The gentleman was very friendly and knowledgeable. He accompanied visitors to climb 50+ stairs to the top of the
BrendaL850
BrendaL850
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Fantastic Views and Info
We got to climb to the top of the lighthouse with a guide. He was very knowledgeable, and I learned a lot about the
mfmc8591
mfmc8591
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Great stop on our boat tour
This was a very informative experience. Our guide was tremendous - so knowledgeable and energetic! So glad we got
LindaMargaret
LindaMargaret
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A Historic Site
The drive down the river-road from Clayton was lovely. Many state (pay to enter) river-side parks along the way.
878dianez
878dianez
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A actual NYS Park
We stopped here on the Clayton Ultimate 1000 Islands Sightseeing Tour. Mike, our boat tour guide, told us that it
MKA1268
MKA1268
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Fascinating glimpse into history
We had a wonderful tour of the lighthouse and island. You can climb to the top (about 4.5 stories). Our guide had g
Yana B
Yana B
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Lighthouse story
The island is tiny and only has the lighthouse and the keeper's quarters. The view from atop is wonderful, the curr
rlatourette
rlatourette
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Nice park.
We were there on a Clayton boat tour. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, even took our picture for us! Great pla
EllieV1234
EllieV1234
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Beautiful
Beautiful Island. Handicapped accessable. Carry in, carry out island. Beautiful lighthouse, but you can not go insi
NYNorthcoasters
NYNorthcoasters
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The best small State Park
Don’t miss this. We used Clayton Island Tours for our visit. The help welcomed us at the dock and were right ther
466darrellb
466darrellb
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A must see lighthouse
This is to my understanding the only lighthouse on the 1000 islands you are allowed to go up inside. It is very un
Eunice M
Eunice M
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Interesting
I like light houses so this was a treat. They were even growing a few vegetables in the flower beds - cute. The pe
kec1911
kec1911
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Clayton glass bottom boat tour
We booked online for this tour. Easy booking. Arrived with plenty room to park. They had a concession and bathrooms
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Tricia S
Syracuse, NY23 contributions
Jun 2022
I'm a plus size person who is very out of shape. I climbed the light house steps. If I can do it, you can do it. . Although hot and stuffy at the top, the view and stories are worth it.

If you're an En Plein Air painter, this little rock in the river is the perfect place to add a St. Lawrence piece to your portfolio.

If you're a lighthouse fan this one is beautiful in any photograph you might take.

It was also nice to just sit on a rock outcropping and enjoy the rhythm of the river.

There is a bathroom and a little gift shop.

p.s. We actually went in June of 2021 but it wouldn't let me select that date. Check on Lighthouse access before you go.
Written October 1, 2022
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Joseph M
Albany, NY26 contributions
Jun 2022
The boat tour and stop at Rock Island was fun. I leaned a lot from our tour guide about the many islands on the tour. We went over submerged ship wreck that was visible from the glass bottom of the boat. There was also the stop at Rock Island Park and the tour of the inside of the Rock Island Lighthouse. The entire experience of the boat tour and the lighthouse visit was fantastic and I would recommend doing it to those visiting the area.
Written June 25, 2022
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Beth R
Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed exploring the St. Lawrence river with us
Written June 25, 2022
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R C
2 contributions
Jul 2022
Fantastic tour! Morgan did an absolutely wonderful job with her commentary, as did Captain Joe with his piloting of the boat. Great job as well by the Rock Island ranger in his commentary about the history of the lighthouse.

I would like very much to take a sunset cruise in the 1000 Islands and will definitely consider Clayton Tours.
Written July 28, 2022
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Beth R
Thank you for the awesome review! We agree, Morgan and Captain Joe do a great job & we thank you for mentioning them. We hope to see you on board again soon!
Written August 2, 2022
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truckinchick
Batavia, NY147 contributions
Great time on the glass bottom boat tour and the light house. Captain Matt and Matt were very knowledgeable and friendly -gave a great tour! The lighthouse was amazing! Small group to tour made the experience great! The lighthouse tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable! Really enjoyed going up the lighthouse and all he taught us. He did a great job answering ALL our questions. Stairs are steep, but fairly easy to navigate and I'm 8 mos post ACL tear and then patella fracture. Fun little scavenger hunt for the kids! Our kids are 7 and 13 and enjoyed it, might be harder with Littles under 3 to climb the ladder part at the top of the lighthouse.
Written August 24, 2021
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David K
We are so happy to hear you and your whole family enjoyed our Rock Island Lighthouse Tour! Matt and Captain Matt do a great job, we thank you for mentioning them. Thank you for choosing Clayton Island Tours!
Written August 28, 2021
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MALFeller
Cortlandt Manor, NY40 contributions
Aug 2022
This was a wonderful way to get a feel of the 1000 Islands from the river! Captain Joe and our guide Dennis were very informative and made the trip very personable and enjoyable. It was so much better than one of those overcrowded multideck tour boats! The lighthouse tour was a great stop. I highly recommend this tour! The packed lunch (optional add on) was good and made for a nice picnic on the island.
Written August 1, 2022
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Beth R
We are happy to hear you enjoyed our Rock Island Lighthouse Tour with Captain Joe and Dennis. Thank you for sharing your experience with us!
Written August 2, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rellas
2 contributions
Aug 2021
We toured the St Lawrence River on the Night Heron, a glass bottom boat. Enjoyed the stop at Rock Island Lighthouse, with the opportunity to climb to the top. Our guide Liam was knowledgeable and personable and did a good job of narrating the entertaining stories relevant to the islands we passed. All in all, a fun way to spend a few hours on the water!
Written August 15, 2021
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David K
Thank you for taking the time to give us such a great review! We also thank you for mentioning Liam, he does a great job. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us.
Written August 16, 2021
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Beth L
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
I might be a little bit biased as someone who lives in the Clayton area, but I think both Captain Joe and the tour guide were great. If you don’t know our area I would say that this tour is a good place to start. Not to mention because of the glass bottom in the center you can see things underwater that you normally wouldn’t on other tours. The staff at Rock Island was friendly too and they knew a lot about the history of the lighthouse and island itself.
Written August 21, 2021
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David K
Five star review and thumbs up from someone local is quite and honor! Thank you for choosing to tour with us!
Written August 23, 2021
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Betty Gilbert D
8 contributions
Excellent, enjoyed it very much , tour guide very entertaining and knowledgeable. Fun for all ages .
Highly Recommend . Capt Mac very safety conscious. The climb and view from the top of the light house was awesome . Peter the lighthouse guide shared his vast information of its history . Anyone visiting the area should put this on top of there agenda. .

The Davis’s
Tallahassee Florida
Written June 18, 2021
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David K
Thank you for great review! We are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us, we agree the lighthouse is a must see. Thank you for choosing Clayton Island Tours!
Written June 19, 2021
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Annette L
1 contribution
So much information. The man chatting thru the tour was amazing and the guide at the light house was so knowledgeable ! The kids treasure hunt was so cute. Our car door handle parked had to wait for AAA they gave us drinks and were so friendly! Would recommend anyone in the 1000 islands to go visit.
Written July 4, 2021
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David K
Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Rock Island Lighthouse tour as well as our staff.
Written July 4, 2021
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Colleen B
Wapwallopen, PA1 contribution
Very informative - the lighthouse tour was interesting, it's such a beautiful location. The only lighthouse in the St Lawrence 1000 island area that you can actually tour. The kids loved the scavenger hunt and treat bag on Rock Island. I wish we would have gotten the bagged lunch, for the tour was a bit lengthy. Even though it was a lengthy tour, we were not bored at all! The food truck by the ticket booth made the packed lunches, and those wraps looked amazing.
Written September 4, 2022
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Beth R
Thank you Colleen for taking our Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour! Rock Island is a beautiful island the we are happy you climbed to the top for the spectacular view! Kudo's to the kids for finding the treasure!
Written September 8, 2022
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Product Overview: St Lawrence River - Rock Island Lighthouse on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour

Prices From$33
Number of Reviews33
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Duration165 minutes