Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be hosting public cruises on the Nautical Nature this year.

We had hoped to launch and cruise the new Nautical Nature for fall 2020 educational and specialty tours. Unfortunately, the completion and transport of the boat has been delayed to the point that it may not arrive in time to host public tours in 2020.

We look forward to seeing you in the spring of 2021!

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Nautical Nature

Come and take a ride on Nautical Nature, a 37-passenger enclosed pontoon boat and Moraine State Park’s premier attraction. Enjoy learning about the area’s natural history and osprey reintroduction, while appreciating the unique scenery and wildlife on an exciting trip around Lake Arthur. Boat tours operate on a regular schedule throughout the summer and are open to the public. Tickets are required and can be purchased online or at the Owlet Gift Shop.

The Nautical Nature boards at the McDanels Boat Launch, adjacent to the Gift Shop. Nautical Nature is handicap accessible. Boat will sail with minimum of 10 passengers. There are limited bathroom facilities onboard, so early arrival is suggested to allow use of modern restroom facilities.

Nautical Nature offers enjoyable brunch and dinner cruises for the public as well as private charters for business meetings, wedding showers, baby showers, seminars, reunions, and parties. Call us today to schedule your reservation!

Environmental programs are also available aboard the Nautical Nature - great for homeschoolers, scouts and classrooms.

Order Tickets

ONLINE TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE. Tickets are also available at The Owlet up to one hour before cruise time.

Cruise only

  • Adults $15
  • Seniors (over 62) $13
  • Children $8 (Children 2-12 must be supervised)
  • Children 2 and under are free
  • Military Discount $13

• Saturdays & Sundays 1PM

• Saturdays & Sundays 1PM and 3PM

Offered throughout the summer and fall.  Call for details or check our website regularly for information.


Reservations are required seven days in advance. Catering by Artisan Catering with Chef Jeremy Green .  Pizza cruises by Pizza Joes in Portersville.

  • Dinner Cruises - $30
    • third sat. of each month
    • call for sail times
  • Brunch Cruise- $25
    • third sun. of each month
    • sail time 11am
  • Box Lunch -  $22
    • Includes fully prepared sandwich, two sides and a cold drink.  Call for dates.
  • Pizza Cruise - Wednesday evenings at 5:00PM - Jun-Aug. 

Rent the Nautical Nature for your special event!  Perfect for birthday parties, showers and business meetings.

  • Carters are priced at $200 per hour with a one hour minimum. 
  • Catering options availableat additional cost
  • State law prohibits alcohol.

WEEKDAY CRUISESCall for information. We often book cruises during the week that are open to the public.


**Passengers are permitted on board no earlier than 30 minutes prior to cruise**

**All passengers must check in and obtain tickets from the Owlet Gift Ship 20-30 minutes prior to boarding (includes prepaid reservations)**

 Weekend cruise tickets can be ordered online, or by calling the Gift Shop at 724-368-9185. Tickets for dinner, box lunch, and pizza cruises are available by calling or visiting the Owlet Gift Shop. Mastercard and Visa accepted. Tickets are non-refundable (please review cruise policy). All Specialty and Dining Cruises must have paid reservations minimum 1 week prior to event.