Discovery Boat

Discovery Boat back onboard for 2021!

The pandemic may have put our popular onboard Discovery Boat Program on hold summer 2020, but we are back in action for the 2021 Season. Morning and afternoon sessions will be offered all five Fridays in July, but space is limited and seats fill quickly so purchase your tickets today!

The Discovery Boat Program provides a hands-on educational opportunity to join watershed biologist Rob Karner and assistant biologists Laura Weisen and Joe Blondia onboard a 22-foot pontoon boat cruise of Glen Lake. The curriculum varies each week and is tailored to the interests of the participants of each session. atopics range from discovering how the lakes, wetlands, streams and surounding hillsides were formed by glaciers, to the chemistry of the water, the biology of the plants and animals, the ecology of how all the parts work together and finally, community partners and political forces at work within our watershed. The life cycle of swimmer’s itch and prevention of it, are also covered.

Each cruise can acomodate up to 8 passengers. Participation is open to anyone 8 years old and up, children must be accompanied by an adult and provide their own life preserver. Please plan to arrive at the Glen Craft Marina Dock at the south end of Lake Street in Glen Arbor at least 15 minutes before your scheduled cruise time to complete the check in process.

Tickets are required to participate. Regular priced tickets for non-GLA members are $25 each. GLA Members are invited to enjoy a disounted ticket price of only $15 each. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly, so purchase your tickets today!

We can’t wait to welcome you onboard once again!

The “virtual” Discovery Boat series created in summer 2020 will remain accessible on this page for those of you who want to beef up your watershed knowledge at your convenience. Viewers will find the videos interesting and educational, providing a wide array of content on the watershed’s lakes, river, geology, water quality, and ways to protect this important resource.

The Discovery Boat videos are listed below. Watch and learn at your leisure about our amazing Glen Lake/ Crystal River Watershed.

Discovery Boat

Cruises Expected to Return in 2021 Season


The Discovery Boat Program provides a hands-on educational opportunity for anyone to join Rob Karner, watershed biologist, and his assistant biologists Laura Weisen and Joe Blondia to come aboard a 22-foot pontoon boat on Glen Lake.


Happy Discovery Boat

During the two-hour cruise on Glen Lake, you’ll discover many of the secrets of how and why Glen Lake is so unique and pristine. Many say Glen Lake is one of the most beautiful inland lakes in the country and we will explore the many reasons why.

We look forward to offering these popular floating sessions about the watershed during the summer of 2021. Check out the video above to get an onboard look at why they are so informative and fun for the whole family.