The Clinton County Historical Association has announced “Sunday on Valcour Island” featuring tours of the Historic Bluff Point Lighthouse, Sunday, July 9, 2023.
The tour is $30 per person and will include a trail guide and George Clifford’s book Lake Champlain Lighthouses. The boat holds 4-5 people per trip. The Lighthouse will close at 2:30 pm and all visitors to the Island must return by 3 pm. Once on the island a guide will be available for tours of the Lighthouse.
Visitors to the Lighthouse can view displays depicting the history of Lake Champlain‘s lighthouses, 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.
Participants should be aware that the trip requires the physical ability to debark and board from the Island’s natural landing, walk on uneven surfaces over rough terrain, potentially past poison ivy plants, and climb stairs. An adult must accompany anyone under the age of 12 and those under the age of 16 must bring and wear their own life jackets. Individuals may bring a picnic lunch to consume while on the island.
Pre-Registration, payment and scheduling departure times must be completed by July 7th to guarantee a spot on the boat. For more information or to schedule, call the Clinton County Historical Association at (518) 561-0340. Boats will leave every 20 minutes from 9:20 am to 1:20 pm from the Peru Dock, 3930 State Route 9, Plattsburgh.
In the event of wind or thunderstorms the tour will be cancelled and a rain date registration for August 6th will be offered. Refunds due to the cancellation will be made per request.
Information about the lighthouse can be found by visiting the CCHA website. The lighthouse is open every Sunday in July and August from 1 to 3 pm.
Photo of Bluff Point Lighthouse Valcour Island.