Rock Island Lighthouse: Glass-Bottom Boat

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This amazing tour will show you the 1000 Islands like no one else can! You’ll board the Night Heron, our amazing glass-bottomed boat, and get an unparalleled view of underwater life in the clean waters of the St. Lawrence River.

Travel to Rock Island and spend 1 hour visiting the island where you can climb up in the Lighthouse tower and look over the St. Lawrence River. Visit the Lighthouse keeper’s home that is now a museum and gift shop. Walk the island and see the different buildings such as the building used to store whale oil to burn in the lighthouse. Peer through the unique glass bottom to see native fish of the St. Lawrence, and other natural wonders beneath the waves of the Saint Lawrence River. The tour is guided by our historical and naturalist narrators with unique knowledge of the Thousand Islands.

Rock Island Lighthouse is located in the Thousand Islands about 4.5 miles northeast of Clayton, Jefferson County, New York, off of Fisher’s Landing. Originally commissioned in 1847, it is one of six lights put up along the St. Lawrence River to guide traffic to and from Lake Ontario through the waterway. The Rock Island station is the best preserved, as all of its structures still survive. It was refitted in 1855, rebuilt in 1882, and moved in 1903. The light was closed in 1955 after more a century of service. Today, the lighthouse and island are maintained by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

2010 Restoration of Rock Island and its structures began, using federal and state funds. The goal of the work is to make Rock Island a tourist destination that describes the station and its keepers, and gives a glimpse into life on the St. Lawrence.


2016 Schedule:

May 21 & 22 • 1:00 PM – Weekends
May 28, 29 & 30 • 1:00 PM Memorial Day Weekend 
June 4 & 5, 11 & 12 • 1:00 PM – Weekends
June 18 through June 24 • 1:00 PM – Daily

June 25 through September 4 • 10:15 AM & 1:00 PM – Daily

September 5 through September 25 • 1:00 PM – Daily

Duration: 2 hours 45 min.

Discount for active military and family (ID Required)

Rates: Adults $24.00 / Children (6 to 12 years) $16.00

Rock Island Admission: included

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