Genesee Belle

The beautiful Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat is a replica of the riverboats that traveled down the mighty Mississippi River during the era of Mark Twain. The Belle’s upper deck offers cool summer breezes and unobstructed sightseeing. The Belle’s enclosed lower level, which is climate-controlled in summer and fall, is surrounded by windows that offer a stunning view of Mott Lake. The Genesee Belle offers three specialty cruises—Friday evening, Sunday evening, and at lunchtime on select Wednesdays in July and October.

All Genesee Belle specialty cruises depart from Stepping Stone Falls, which is located at 5161 Branch Road, Flint. For all cruises, please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. The Belle departs from Crossroads Village in summer and fall months as part of Crossroad Village programs. The Village is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so the Genesee Belle does not depart from Crossroads Village on those days. Please be advised that smoking is not permitted on the Genesee Belle.

Genesee Belle Crossroads Village Departures
Not available until May 24, 2014.
Departure times from May 24 to September 1, 2014:
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm. Departure times exclude Wednesdays in July.
For every Wednesday in July, departures are at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:00 pm.

During the Day Out With Thomas™ event, there will be an additional departure at 12:00 pm.
Click here for Summer hours and rates.
During the month of October. Saturdays and Sundays only:
1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 7:00 pm.
Click here for Halloween hours and rates.
The Belle is docked on Mott Lake - southeast from the front entrance of the village.

Specialty Cruises:

Summer and Fall Lunch Cruises

For a unique dining experience, take a cruise on the Genesee Belle and enjoy the peace and serenity of beautiful Mott Lake while enjoying a delicious lunch!

Lunch Cruise tickets must be purchased in advance, and must be booked no later than the Wednesday prior to departure (based on availability). Payment is due in full at the time of reservation.  Make your reservations online or call 810.736.7100, ext. 6, or 800.648.PARK, ext. 6, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.  A minimum of ten (10) persons total are necessary to operate a lunch cruise on The Genesee Belle. 

Wednesdays:
July 16 and 23, 2014.
October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2014.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm -  Please arrive at Stepping Stone Falls boat dock by 11:45 am for boarding.
$15.95 per person. 

Lunch Choices:
Pasta Salad
Chicken Salad
This yummy light lunch includes one of two entrée selections, a non-alcoholic beverage, chips, a cookie, and the boat ride. 

Friday and Sunday Evening Cruises

Friday and Sunday Evening Cruise tickets can only be purchased at the Stepping Stone Falls Concession window starting one (1) hour prior to the cruise. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

July 11 - August 31, 2014
$2.50 per adult
$1.50 for children 12 years and younger
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm


Private Charters

The charming Genesee Belle Paddlewheel Riverboat is available for special occasions, including wedding ceremonies and receptions of 50 to 80 people. Ten (10) banquet-style rectangular tables, and eighty (80) chairs are available for use on the enclosed, climate controlled lower level. Restroom facilities are also located on the lower level. A canopy top covers the upper level of the Genesee Belle, which is furnished with small patio tables and chairs. For chartered cruises utilizing both the upper and lower decks, the Belle can accommodate up to 149 people.  The rental rate is $475 for the first hour and $225 for every additional hour.


Reservation Policies

Reservations for lunch cruises must be booked no later than the Wednesday prior to departure (based on availability). Payment in full is due at the time of reservation.  A 20-person minimum applies for all group reservations.

For a Public Lunch Cruise (groups of 20 or more):

You can make a reservation in advance to hold seats. Payment in full and final head count is due two (2) weeks before the cruise. Lunch choices must be submitted at least one (1) week prior to the Lunch Cruise.

For Private Charters:

A $200.00 deposit is due at the time the reservation is made. If a reservation is cancelled at least thirty (30) days prior to the cruise date, 50% percent of the deposit is refundable. Balance of payment is due fourteen (14) days prior to the cruise. No refunds will be provided for any payments if cancellations are made less than thirty (30) days prior to the cruise date.

For Village Reservations on the Genesee Belle or the Huckleberry Railroad (groups of 20 or more):

You can make a reservation and hold seats for the Genesee Belle or the Huckleberry Railroad. A 50% deposit and guaranteed head count is due two (2) weeks prior to the date of the trip. The balance of the trip is payable at the gate the day of departure. If a deposit is not received, the reservation is automatically cancelled. No refunds are available if a cancellation is made less than two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled visit. Groups are permitted to adjust their final head count at the gate.

For reservations and information, including groups and private charters, please call our reservation department at: 810.736.7100, ext. 6, or 800.648.7275, ext. 6, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.