Lakeside Wooden Boat Society

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Society (LWBS) was established in 2005. The mission of LWBS was inspired by the role of wooden boats in Lakeside Chautauqua’s history, the art and beauty of wooden boat construction and the passion of Lakeside Chautauqua wooden boat owners. Today, the development and health of the lakefront are important parts of their mission. 

LWBS Mission Statement

The Mission of the Lakeside Wooden Boat Society is to (1) promote the heritage, love and appreciation of the art and craft of wooden boats; (2) promote the development of the Lakeside Chautauqua waterfront through the Master Planning process; and (3) support ongoing efforts to improve and enhance the health of Lake Erie.

LWBS 2022 Programs & Strategies

  • Blessing of the Fleet (June 26, 1-2:30 p.m.) Join us at the Lakefront for this free and inspiring program.
  • Youth Pond Boat Classes (6 classes each week) – Registration and payment is managed through the Rhein Center for the Living Arts.
  • Wooden boat rides on antique /classic wooden boats “Amazing Grace” and “Miss Muffet” (Check Events Calendar)
  • Annual Wooden Boat Show: July 17, 12-4 p.m. at Dock and Hotel Lakeside lawn
  • Pirate Adventure: June 19, July 24 and August 14 at 6 p.m., weather permitting. Children ages 7-11. Check events calendar for payment and registration information.
  • Supporting the Lake Erie Foundation in its efforts to foster the health of the lake (on-going)
  • Engaging with the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors and other Lakeside organizations and individuals to create a path and process to the development of a specific Master Plan for the lakefront. Use of LWBS funds for “seeding” of these efforts has been approved.

Membership & Volunteers

Many volunteers and members give of their time and talents to satisfy the mission of the LWBS and Lakeside Chautauqua. If interested in participating in a class or program or nurturing the passion of wooden boats with other volunteers, become a member by downloading the LWBS Membership Application. Fill out the form below to make a membership donation to the LWBS today by selecting “Restricted Lakeside Wooden Boat Society.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

The annual Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival in July is a unique event that not only showcases the unique craftsmanship of the wooden boats but highlights paintings of Lakeside scenes rendered by Plein Air artists. Classic wooden boats are exhibited at the dock and on the lawn of Hotel Lakeside. Also on the grounds, Plein Air artists sell artwork in a Wet Paint Sale. The day includes food, fun, art and entertainment. For more information about registering your wooden boat, contact Mame Drackett.

Youth Pond Boat Building Classes

The LWBS offers four different pond boat building classes under the direction of society volunteers. Using hammers, simple saws and a drill press, children are guided using built jigs and pre-cut parts. Children ages 4-12 may build a puddle boat. Pre-registration can be completed online through the Rhein Center.

Wooden Boat Rides, Cruises & Charters

The Lakeside Wooden Boat Society (LWBS) offers a variety of summer boating events, including 30-minute boat rides and hour-long sunset cruises. For more information about booking a wooden boat ride or sunset cruise, check the events calendar or visit the Lakeside Information/Waterfront Center. All cruises are determined by weather. In the event of inclement weather, cruises will be canceled if they are not able to be rescheduled.

Private charters are also available to cruise the Lake Erie islands for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or other special events. Contact the Conference & Event Planning Office at 419-798-4461, ext. 279 or to book a private charter. Reservations may be canceled by calling Conference & Event Planning Office at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled departure. Cancellations less than 24 hours will be charged.

2022 Program in Partnership with Lakeside Environmental Stewardship Society

Climate Change & Lake Erie:  A 4-Session Series Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture Series Program

June 15, 22, 29 & July 6 – 1:30-2:30 p.m. + Q&A

Location:  Orchestra Hall – Lakeside Chautauqua

Save the dates and plan to attend one or all four sessions of this new lecture series developed by LESS and LWBS in partnership with Lakeside Chautauqua. This series will feature expert scientists and thought leaders and be presented both with in-person and virtual formats. Each session will include a 1-hour thought-provoking and informational lecture followed by Q&A.  Programs will be held in Orchestra Hall at Lakeside Chautauqua.  Specific information about speakers and each individual program will be released soon!  Questions? Contact the Lakeside Chautauqua programming department at