Ever wish you could have a boat ride on Lake Champlain, visit the spectacular palisades along the undeveloped New York coast—to see what Samuel de Champlain saw in 1609 when he sailed by on his way to Ticonderoga?
Enjoy a narrated cruise aboard the EScape, the Basin Harbor Club tour boat, on either Sunday, July 12 or August 16, from 3 to 5 pm. Basin Harbor Club regularly provides lake tours for its guests. The EScape will pick up passengers at Westport Marina, then follow the New York shore up to Split Rock, then across to Vermont, up the Otter Creek, which leads to Vergennes, far enough to see osprey nests. The boat will follow the Vermont shore, dotted with estates and cottages, before crossing the three-mile Northwest Bay from Basin Harbor back to Westport, NY.
The captain will point out examples of bird and plant life plus describe cultural history along the cruise. Life along the Lake Champlain shore was very different in the 1800s!
The EScape is a 45 foot Coast Guard inspected vessel with a capacity of 48 passengers that has been in service at the Basin Harbor Club since 2006.
Sign Up for the July or August Cruise
To sign up for the tours, please call the Westport Marina at 518-962-4356. The boat trip is $20 per person. There must be a minimum of 10 people registered for the cruise three days prior to the scheduled trip, so don’t delay your call. Once that threshold is met, additional passengers are welcome. Without that minimum, there will be no cruise.
Passengers may pick up their tickets in the Ship’s Store at Westport Marina prior to boarding, which will take place from 2:50 to 3 pm. Complimentary bottled water will be provided. Passengers may bring their own soft drinks on board if they prefer.
If bad weather is predicted, then the EScape captain will cancel the cruise 24 hours before the scheduled departure. Westport Marina will notify passengers. Credit cards will not be charged until the day of the cruise.
Passengers are encouraged to take their ticket stub to the marina’s The Galley Restaurant to receive a same-day 10% discount on food.
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