About Us

Portage Lakes Cruises is a pontoon charter service, designed to give people access to ‘The Lakes’.  It is ideal for visitors as well as residents who don’t wish to deal with personal boat ownership but still want to enjoy the scenic beauty of the area.

Renting a pontoon boat is fine for those who know the boating regulations and can navigate the lakes and channels.  Pontoon boat charter is for those  who want to be part of their group and not just their driver.

Come see the Portage Lakes the way the locals do.  Enjoy the beautiful homes, landscaping, golf course property, and wildlife – both animal and human!   Let us provide the refreshments – from chips and ice water to full-blown dinner aboard the boat, or choose from the wide variety of local restaurants and eateries along the lake shore.  Box lunches are available, as are pizza, Barberton chicken, or any number of other eat-while-you-cruise options.   Experience life after dark on the water, or come out first thing in the morning before the people are stirring and while the day is cool and quiet.

Passengers with special needs find our wide docks and boats with open floor plans easy to maneuver, and our staff experienced in assisting with transfer and boarding issues.  If you need inspiration to help plan an excursion, please call 330-760-0270.

Travel in style, be part of your group,  and enjoy the trip.

Captain’s Log

Portage Lakes Cruises was formed in May, 2013 by Judy Narducci, a life-long resident of Portage Lakes.  A graduate of Coventry High School, Judy is a member of several local organizations and worked as a geriatric nurse for many years, retiring from that position in June, 2015.

Judy really enjoys getting out on the water and his business grew out of the notion that other people would enjoy boating on the scenic Portage Lakes, also.  That notion seems to be true, as more people are drawn here from all over the area and the world year after year!

What does the future hold for this business?  As people learn of how much fun it is boating here, more resources have been added.  There are four pontoon boats in service, and more friendly and capable Captains keep finding their way to us – currently there are 6 of them.  This rounds out a great team.  Come let Lorie, Kay, Tresa, Stormy, Al or Steve do the driving and show your group around.  Watch for more availability in the future!

The Portage Princess, (AKA the ‘BIG BOAT’)  that carries as many as 45 guests came into service in 2017, carrying large groups around in style.  Now live music comes on board in the evenings, and Victorian Teas serve delicious luncheons to 30 guests.  COMING IN 2020: Early Bird Buffet Dinners with live music.  Watch for details in the Spring.

So come aboard, kick off your shoes, and enjoy the ride.

Find us

NOTE: Tours depart from multiple locations – location shown is for ‘Public cruises’ – Find us dockside at Pick’s At PLX –  (for guests with mobility issues, please call for 330-760-0270 for instructions) For Private cruises, departure locations are arranged to suit the needs of the group. Please call 330-760-0270 if you have any questions.


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