Tygart Lake Cruises’ popular sightseeing tour boat just got bigger.

Signs say one of the hottest attractions in the region this summer is the new cruise boat on Tygart Lake outside Grafton, a quick drive south of Morgantown.

The Princess is a 75-foot-long double-decker sightseeing boat. Built in 2001, she gave cruises on Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania until Dan and Deanna Williams, owners of the marina at Tygart Lake, bought her to replace a smaller tour boat. “The last boat only held like 40—this boat holds 125,” enthuses Tygart Lake Cruises manager Brenda Tokarz. The upgrade appears to have been a good idea: Before the 2018 season even opened on Mother’s Day, the boat was chartered for more than 50 weddings, graduation parties, family reunions, and other private events. Wheelchair accessible and equipped with facilities for hot food service that can be catered to order or self-catered, it’s a unique and convenient party venue.

But if you’re just looking for a fun afternoon this summer, The Princess will give two-hour public cruises on Saturdays and Sundays through September 15. The tour includes Tokarz’ historical narration covering everything from the four communities that were flooded to create the lake to the problems the government had moving cemeteries to a locomotive accident on an adjacent hill. Watch Facebook for the schedule and call to reserve. 304.672.7701, “Tygart Lake Cruises” on Facebook


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Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.