Rock Island Lighthouse (Glass-Bottom Boat)
2.75 Hours | This amazing tour will show you the 1000 Islands like no one else can!
You’ll board the Night Heron, our incredible 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 building once used to store whale oil for burning in the lighthouse. Peer through the unique glass bottom boat to see native fish of the St. Lawrence, as well as countless 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.
May 18th – June 14th / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1:00 pm
Memorial Day Weekend (May 25, 26, and 27 ) Daily 10:15 am and 1:00pm
June 15th – September 2nd / Daily 10:15am and 1:00pm
September 3rd – September 23rd / Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 1:00pm
September 3rd – September 23rd / Saturday and Sunday 10:15am and 1:00pm
Highlights of the Tour Include:
- Shipwreck of the Schooner Elk – old sailing grain carrier sunk prior to 1860
- Clayton Waterfront
- Calumet Island – once home to Calumet Castle built by Charles Emory
- The Narrows
- Eel Bay
- Thousand Islands Biological Station – Governors Island
- Maple Island – “The Maple Island Mystery”
- Eagle Wing Shoal
- Bluff Island
- Picton Quarry – Pictin Island
- Thousand Islands Park – Wellesley Island
- Native Plants, fish and bird species
- Rock Island and Rock Island Lighthouse
- Isle of Pines – Once featured on “Ghost Hunters”
- Watch Island
- Frontenac Yacht Dock Cribbing – Round Island
- Hiawatha Lodge – Round Island
- Highest Point of the Frontenac Arch
Concessions – We do not have concessions on board our boat for this tour, however we do offer picnic lunches to carry on board with you. Picnic Lunches should be pre-ordered online when purchasing tickets to guarantee selection or by calling us at least 1 hour prior to departure. We also offer a made to order menu at our concession stand on shore. Please arrive early for your tour to allow us time to prepare your food or stop by after your tour. All items are available to go, may be taken aboard our boats, eaten on Rock Island, or on shore before/after your tour.
Rock Island Lighthouse Admission Included
No Pets are allowed on Rock Island, with the exception of registered service animals.***
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED
OUR BOATS ARE SMOKE FREE
2 hours and 45 minutes
This tour makes one stop at Rock Island Lighthouse State Park on Rock Island
- Boarding takes place 15 minutes prior to departure.
- Meeting Address: 39621 Chateau Lane, Clayton, NY 13624
- FREE Parking, Buses and RV’s Welcome