Boat Tour

Bartlett Show Boat Tour Farm Lunch

Boat Tour


boat tour dock in Wisconsin Dells on the Wisconsin River

The dells region remained primarily a place for sightseers to escape the bustle of the city for many decades. In 1856, Leroy Gates began taking tourists on boat tours of the Wisconsin Dells. These tours were given using wooden rowboats until 1873 when the first steamboat, the Modocawanda, was used. By 1894, distillate-powered tour boats began to be used. In 1908, the Kilbourn Dam was installed by what is now Alliant Energy, over the protests from people such as H. H. Bennett, separating the Dells into the Upper and Lower Dells.


Kilbourn Dam

Since the time of LeRoy Gates, the Dells Boat Tours have gone through many operators. Some of the previous companies were The Riverview Boat Line, The Olson Boat Line (owned by Jack B. Olson), The Dells Boat Company, the Consolidated Boat Company and the Silver Dollar Boat Line.

Text from Wikipedia

Wisconsin River


"dalles", which means slabs along the river bank





popular tour boat










father and son


dog days out


close to an island


through the narrows


coming out of the island channel


the island


enjoying the view


jet boat





stop at Witches Gulch





end destination, the snack bar




boat waiting


back on the river










jet boat ready to load


retired tour boats



back at the dock

Bartlett Show Boat Tour Farm Lunch

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