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2017
Cruise Events


Sunday, May 14th Mother's Day Brunch Cruise 10:30

Friday, June 16th New Glarus Beer Tasting Cruise

Friday, July 7th Central Waters Beer Tasting Cruise

Friday, July 21st Blues Cruise with MoJo & Flipside

Friday, August 4th Pearl Street Brewery Beer Tasting Cruise

Friday, August 18th Oso Beer Tasting Cruise

Friday, August 25th Concert Cruise with Copper Box

 

 

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History

The Chain O'Lakes unfolds upon the landscape, beckoning a blue-green luster, towering white pines, and a beauty unsurpassed. The Chain was carved out some 12,000 years ago by the force of the Cary Glacier. Melting chunks of ice trapped in the glacial scars gave rise to the lakes you now see.

The first inhabitants of the Chain O' Lakes region were the Native American tribe of the Menominee. Fertile soils and thick forests soon attracted the first pioneers to the area. In December of 1849 Roswell Hicks and Granville Jones took up residence. The lure of the lakes was blossoming. Summertime enthusiasts began flocking to the liquid playground. However, not everyone was able to witness the splendor of the lakes. In 1963, the Chief Oshkosh Brewing Company employed a sternwheeler paddleboat to transport beer up and down the Fox River. Unfortunately, the beer was never quite as famous as the beer that made Milwaukee famous, thus the "Chief Oshkosh" was abandoned. In 1973, the boat was resurrected from its icy grave in Lake Buttes des Morts. Pat and Mimi Meighan decided the "chief" might serve a better tour on different waters. The boat was restored and christened the "Chief Waupaca". The old sternwheeler has been turning out public sightseeing tours ever since.

But the "Chief" needed a harbor. Taylor Lake's famous Edmunds Dock and Boat Line, a hotspot in the early 1920s, seemed like the perfect place. In 1979 the Meighans turned their aspiring dream into reality. Clear Water Harbor was born. With a cruise boat line, frosty mugs of beer, classic cocktails, a tasty menu, live music and a waterfront deck from which to enjoy it all, the Harbor Bar became the place to be.

As the Harbor continued to expand, in 1983 the custom-built cruise boat the "Lady of the Lakes" first took her place at the dock of Clear Water Harbor to help meet the tour and charter demand. This boat was named after the original "Lady of the Lakes" that toured on the Chain in the early 1900s. The current "Lady" was specifically designed to pass under the Indian Crossing Bridge allowing access for her tour to extend all the way to the end of Long Lake.

For more than 30 years Pat and Mimi have seen many of you come through the front door and now it is time to pass this Chain O'Lakes landmark on to their children. Their mission has always been to protect the easy life and keep the beer cold. So sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds and scenes of summer!

The Meighans, along with their staff, welcome you!