Come aboard the 60ft luxury vessel "Carillon." French for "Ringing Bells," this is a replica of a 1920's 1000 Island's cruise boat. Explore the historic waters of Southern Lake Champlain. Named after Samuel de Champlain, the Lake celebrated its 400th anniversary of his discovery in 2009. Let your imagination take you along with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys as they travel from Hand's Cove in Shoreham, Vermont to Willow Point on the New York shore. Learn of Nathan Beeman, a young lad who leads the Green Mountain Boys into Fort Ticonderoga. Visualize the capture of the fort as the Carillon pauses offshore. The defeat of the British at Fort Ticonderoga was the first Revolutionary War victory for the Americans. View and learn the importance of Mount Defiance. Sail past Mount Independence where upwards of 14,000 Americans were quartered in the Summer of 1776. During our cruise watch the drop-down TV for side-imaging sonar images of artifacts and wrecks below dating as far back as the 18th century.
The lake is also home to an abundance of wildlife. The narrow southern lake allows you to view both Vermont and New York shores. Sightings of Bald Eagles, Osprey, and Herons are frequent and exciting. This year we should have three returning nesting pairs of Bald Eagles that we will sail past on most cruises.
At 1:00pm on Thursday-Sunday during July, August, the Carillon sails from Larrabee's Point in Shoreham, VT, next to the Ticonderoga Ferry on the Vermont side of the lake. This is the 2nd longest continuously operating ferry in existence. We offer the same cruise beginning the 3rd week of September through Foliage season.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesdays we do not run Public Walk-on Cruises. We may be available for charters during those days. Call to check on availability.
Whatever your interests, enjoy a comfortable and beautiful trip on Lake Champlain aboard the Carillon and don't forget to keep an eye out for "Champ", our own elusive Lake Champlain monster.
We look forward to making your acquaintance and sharing our avocation with you aboard the Carillon. It is always important to call ahead (802-897-5331) for reservations and to be sure that some special cruise is not replacing the regular walk-on cruise. The reservation calendar link to the left on this page also lists all events.