Round trip transportation will be provided for $30 per person. The fee will include a trail guide and George Clifford’s book Lake Champlain Lighthouses: An Illustrated Guide. The boat, that holds 4-5 people per trip, will begin shuttling at 9:30 am with trips to the island every 20 minutes. The lighthouse will close at 2:30 pm and all visitors to the island must return by 3 pm.
Once on the island a docent will provide tours of the lighthouse, and attendees can use the trail guide to hike around the island. Visitors to the lighthouse will view displays depicting the history of Lake Champlain lighthouses, Lake Champlain’s military history, the 20th century camps on Valcour Island and the life of a lighthouse keeper. Visitors may climb to the lantern room to see the functioning light and the outstanding view it offers.
Tours will leave from the Peru Dock, located at 3930 State Route 9, in Plattsburgh, NY. For more information or to register for the program, call the Clinton County Historical Association at (518) 561-0340 or visit their website.
Photo of Bluff Point Lighthouse courtesy Wikimedia user Mwanner.