Snow Pond Cruises

Oakland, ME

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Address: 97 Rocky Shore Ln, Oakland, ME 04963, USA How do we get there? Number: 207-314-3520
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About this activity

Get those captain hats on! It's Snow Pond Cruises time.  And yes, those hats will come in handy because kids can even DRIVE THE BOATS! How amazing is that!

Snow Pond Cruises will take you across Messalonskee Lake (which, cool fact, is the deepest in the chain of the seven lakes in the area!)  Snow Pond was also created by a gigantic continental collision millions of years ago, so it's a pretty awesome area to be learning about!

To get a taste of the cruises, check out the 1 hour "Getting To Know Messalonskee Cruise", where you might even spot a North American Bald Eagle in it's natural habitat! Get up to speed on the history of the Belgrade Lakes, and just relax!

The two hour cruise gives yu a bit more of an experience if you are really loving the idea of getting out into nature. You will travel over the deepest parts of the lake, visit "Rock Island", and even the New England Music Camp! It's a great insight into the challenges of the lakes inhabitants too.

Craving history? Then check out the 3 hour educational cruise! Get out into the farthest reaches of the lake, and experience first hand some of natures doings, and efforts to save the lake. You might even be lucky to spot one of the 12 nesting sites in the entire state for the Black Tern!

Aye Aye Captain - there’s lots of family fun to be had with Snow Pond Cruises! 

Activity location


Your exact departure location will be given to you when you make your booking, but Messalonskee Lake (Snow Pond) is just 5 1/2 miles from I-95 in Waterville and 18 miles from I-95 in Augusta.

You can also drive to the Snowdrifter II's home port just 5 1/2 miles from I-95 at 97 Rocky Shore Lane Oakland, Maine

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How much does it cost?



Tours from $18.75 per person (minimum of 4 people)



Tours from $18.75



$10 each for the 5th person and over


Free Under

10 years old with a parent


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Snow Pond Cruises FAQ’s

The crew works every day to protects the beautiful environment, and their mission is making memories while families enjoy a safe and educational outdoor experience!

Infant life jackets are provided - safety first! It's mandatory for those kids over 10 years old.

Food and beverages are not provided however pizza, sandwiches and of course the famous "Korner Store" lobster rolls are available and can be delivered to the Snowdrifter II with very little notice. Pretty tasty stuff!

Make sure you bring sunglasses, camera, rain gear, sun hat, sunscreen, and binoculars!

Qualifying juniors will receive an official Junior Associate Captain Certificate, signed by the Captain and First Mate along with a Junior Captain rope bracelet and a "Good Job" Life Jacket sticker. There will be many photo opportunities during the experience too!

Have your kids ever wanted to be a Captain? Then they can join the Captain's "Junior Associate Captain" team, where they can learn all about the nautical terms needed to be a Captain, and really get to know the instruments that are used, and they can even steer the vessel for a bit! (Under the watchful eye of the Captain or First Mate, of course!)

They can even get a certificate afterwards!

Teachers, if you have a particular curriculum topic you want to look into, just give them a call!

Infant life jackets are provided - safety first! It's mandatory for those kids over 10 years old.

Make sure you bring plenty of water!

The Snowdrifter II is not ADA compliant but access from a dock is a walk on or easy carry on. Children's wheelchairs need to be 26" or less to be rolled onboard. Walking customers have handicap rails to use when stepping onboard at our home port. There is ample room on the deck for a couple of wheelchairs if necessary.

There aren't any bathrooms onboard but they are never far away

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