Wanting a break from hiking, we decided to book a boat tour of the Azure Lake and Rainbow Falls and we were glad we did.
We started out the tour at 10:30 in the morning with Mike our Captain and a guide named Lucette. The 1 ½ hour cruise across Clearwater Lake and Azure Lake brought us up close with some spectacular natural sights such as bald eagles, osprey, looney birds and spectacular waterfalls. Both the captain and Lucette were very knowledgeable of the flora and fauna of the area and we made periodic stops for picture opportunities and information on what we were seeing.
Upon reaching our destination (the Rainbow Falls), we docked and unfortunately the clouds opened and it began to storm. Fortunately the tour operator has thought of everything and there was an awning to cover the picnic tables where a picnic lunch was provided (choices of sandwich fixings, condiments, homemade trail mix, fruit, hot coffee, hot or iced teach, hot chocolate and water. Later we all made roasted marshmallows and made smores by the campfire.
Once the weather let up, we took a very informative nature walk over to the falls and learned about various plants and birds in the area. We were then treated to a close up view of the falls and then back to area where the boat was docked. Everyone was offered the chance to canoe on the lake or just simply enjoy the view before our trip back at arrival back at the docks about 6 pm.
We were delighted with our choice of tour and the chance to see such spectacular sights up close. The knowledge of both Captain Mike and Lucette on the tour made it all the more enjoyable. The tour company has seemed to have thought of everything to make their customers feel comfortable with the beach area set up and as we discovered on the way back when we needed it with the return of the rain, a covered cabin that was heated.
Since this is a tour out into the wild, you could repeat the tour various times and see completely different sights depending on the time of the year and conditions.
We were told that for next year, they are setting up overnight camping tours to the area.