Boat Tours

Take a cruise on the water aboard the Escapade, J. Lawson, or classic wooden boat excursions for sightseeing on Big Green.

See beautiful Green Lake from the decks of The Escapade on one the scheduled public narrated boat tours. Saturday afternoon lake tours, Sunday mimosa tours, or Thursday dinner cruises are available. Tours depart from the Heidel House. Private charters also available.

The J. Lawson is available for charter and group tours for up to 35 people. Catered and cocktail cruises are best suited for up to 25 guests. A 50′ boat built for the Navy in 1987 as crew transport, she was converted to a sightseeing boat in 2001, and brought to Green Lake in 2017. Tours depart from the Green Lake Conference Center.

Classic Wooden Boat Tours

Iconic to Green Lake’s history, experience the wind in your hair and the roar of the engine in a classic wooden boat. You will discover the artful craft of these historic watercraft and learn about their preservation all while enjoying the beauty of Green Lake. Sponsored by Town Square Community Center, these wooden boat tours only take place during Green Lake’s Golden Days Harvestfest so don’t miss your opportunity for the boat ride you will never forget.

LOCAL legends

There are so many families that have been impacted by the waters of Green Lake. It really is a jewel.

Spending summers on a century-old family lake property, Mike Lehner has experienced Green Lake in nearly every way possible — swimming, waterskiing, boating, even scuba diving — but it’s as captain of the iconic Escapade Yacht that he sees firsthand the lake’s impact on others. 

From bachelorette parties to memorial services, the 60-foot Escapade plays host to many of life’s major moments and Lehner gets to witness them all. 

Lehner retired from his law practice seven years ago and began captaining the Escapde soon after. His narrated tours of 7,660-acre Green Lake are rich with historical facts and personal anecdotes about its geology, architecture, and past and present residents. 

Captaining the Escapde is like coming full circle for Lehner and his family, who all grew up with jobs supported by the lake. 

“You could say the lake is the latest employer in Green Lake County. Look at all the businesses dependent on this tremendous natural resource.”

The Escapde Yacht offers both public tours and private charters. Visit to learn more.

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