Clayton Island Tours
Historical & Heritage Tours • Boat Tours
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10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Welcome to Clayton Island Tours! Experience the grandeur and beauty of the 1000 Islands Region the Clayton Island Tours way. Clayton Island Tour’s professional tour guides will share the legends and lore behind the Thousand Islands region on a 1.5 or 3 hour scenic tour. You will enjoy magnificent views of premier sights with opportunities to view giant Great Lakes freighters, lighthouses, magnificent island homes and the Thousand Islands International Bridge up close. Daily stops to Boldt Castle are available. All tours have many photo opportunities and cruise areas of the 1000 Islands not seen on other cruise. From Memorial Day through September, Clayton Island Tours offers narrated tours for the general public. If you’re looking for a fun group outing or private party we will create a custom private charter to suit your needs and make sure it’s a success. Check our ever changing special events including the Clayton Fireworks Cruises.
Clayton, New York

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2022

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Gary L
6 contributions
Sep 2022
We recently toured with Clayton Boat Tours. The tour was excellent and would recommend anyone traveling to 1000 island to stay in Clayton rather than Alexandra Bay. The captain and his navigator were amazing and gave very informed and detailed information and history on the area
Written September 19, 2022
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Mary anne cody
22 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
We spent yesterday on the Rock Island tour on one of the glass bottom tour boats, and had a ball. The staff is very professional and the guide informative and entertaining. I felt we learned a number of things about the area that we did know before. The tour included an hour on the Island which was just enough to climb the lighthouse, see little museum and enjoy our picnic lunch. Lunch btw was a great deal, $10 each for fresh grilled chicken wrap, mac salad, chips, cold drink and 2 homemade cookies, all orders with tickets and waiting in cooler for us in a bag with our name. A great way to spend an afternoon
Written June 6, 2021
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David K
Thank you for your review, we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us!
Written June 10, 2021
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caribbeantraveler91
Pennsylvania1,168 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
Since we were interested in touring Boldt Castle, we decided to use Clayton Island Tours. It was only a little over a mile from our hotel. When we arrived, the captain could be seen wiping down the seats, which was welcomed, due to COVID. There is a roof on the boat, so you’re not in full sun or inclement weather during the tour. The young man who was our “guide”, was very informative. He gave us a lot of interesting information regarding the islands and homes we passed throughout our tour.

They gave us ample time to see the castle, and returned a different route, so we could see other islands and homes along the way. Overall, great service, and worth the money.
Written August 8, 2020
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David K
Thank you for choosing Clayton Island Tours!
Written September 5, 2020
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EllenLS
Brockport, NY41 contributions
Aug 2020
On August 27, in the pouring rain, we board our boat for a 2.75 hour tour. The boat was clean, the captain friendly, the first mate/tour guide was knowledgeable. Even in the rain, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, learning about a part of the river I've never really traveled. We stopped at Rock Island Lighthouse for about 45 minutes, to tour, walk the island and ate the delicious lunch we ordered from Kay's Kitchen. There were families traveling with children and my advise would be that children ages 4 and under may get board. The child who was about 10 asked some really great questions. If you've only done an Uncle Sam Boat tour, you really need to give this a try.
Written August 28, 2020
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David K
Thank you for taking the time to give a great review!
Written September 5, 2020
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wbru83
Anna Maria Island, FL109 contributions
Jun 2022
My wife and I had never been here before. The captain (Brian) and the deck hand/bartender (Chris) did a great job of showing the islands and describing the history. We went NW through the Canadian Channel and back through the American Channel. A box lunch was included and was very good. We had 90 minutes to tour Boldt Castle (plenty of time) and about 45 minutes on Rock Island. It was fun on Rock Island to climb up to the top of the lighthouse but you have to be good with lots of stairs and a ladder to get there. It took about 90 minutes to get from departure in Clayton to Boldt Castle on Heart Island, so plenty of time to see the sights and the islands. I highly recommend this trip if you are new to the region.
Written June 27, 2022
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Beth R
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed our Ultimate Sightseeing Tour.
Written June 28, 2022
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Jeffrey T
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was supposed to be a fireworks cruise. The boats provided have enclosed passenger areas. If you happened to be seated next to a window facing the correct direction you could see the fireworks. Otherwise you saw nothing. The cruise left at 8 pm and sailed around until the fireworks were due to begin at 10 pm. It felt like the object was to increase your bar bill.
Written July 13, 2021
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Camper_Imagine
Reading, PA32 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We did the 1:30 tour to the Boldt Castle and they were supposed to be running the tours at 50% capacity due to COVID-19 but the boat was at 70-80% capacity and they didn’t require anyone to wear masks even though they had a sign saying to wear face masks. They did ask you to sanitize your hands before boarding. The tour guy appeared to be very knowledgeable but you couldn’t barely hear him. I did ask him to turn up the volume but it didn’t help. We have done a lot of tours and this has to be one of the worst. It didn’t help that there was a bunch of people on the boat that didn’t really care about wearing a mask or listening to the tour with their kids running around the boat but the captain or the tour guide didn’t attempt to bring order to the boat. We did enjoy our time on Boldt Island and 1 1/2 hours was plenty of time.
Written July 28, 2020
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Kathy J
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Loved the ride on the glass bottom boat and the tour guide was excellent. The captain was excellent. The docents at the Rock Island Lighthouse were very good and we loved the museum. Highly recommend for a great way to spend the day in Clayton, NY
Written July 27, 2021
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David K
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience on our Rock Island Lighthouse Tour! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your day on the St. Lawrence River.
Written July 27, 2021
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Wayne M
Albany, NY4 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We went on the Rock Island Glass Boat Tour as our vacation excursion and enjoyed the tour very much! We completely recommend this tour! Fantastic and very knowledgeable tour guys and captain. The Rock Island Lighthouse tour inside of the lighthouse was absolutely wonderful from the history of it to the incredible views. We will definitely go on this tour again in the fall time next to see the foliage!
Written June 19, 2021
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David K
We are thrilled you enjoyed your Rock Island Lighthouse Tour with us. Thank you for the awesome review, we hope to see you again in the fall!
Written June 20, 2021
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NYNorthcoasters
Rochester, NY44 contributions
Jul 2020
This was a ten!!
We were very surprised at the quality of this tour during this time.
Captain Brian was excellent and a Peter Hopper was on of the best ambassadors of a destination that we have ever met.
It’s hard to convey his knowledge, enthusiasm, love for THE river, and ability to covey it all to the 18 guests onboard.
Thanks to all that made this experience so positive.
Written July 24, 2020
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