about the lillypad

The S.S. Lillypad II entered the waters of Lake Wawasee in the Summer of 2006. It was purchased in January of 2014 by Doug Shoemaker from original owners Bob and Karen Fawcett.  The two story, 110-passenger houseboat has all the amenities to make your voyage on Lake Wawasee one to remember.  Its 70 feet in length makes it the largest vessel on Lake Wawasee.

brochureA second bar station and plenty of room for social gathering, a dj or band and much more. 

Our visitors have hosted weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduation celebrations, engagement parties, countlessl reunions, along with corporate retreats and gatherings. We can host nearly any occasion on the boat. Our catering staff has over 40 years experience and will surely provide you and your guests with an amazing meal. A full list of items are available on the Lillypad brochure.  

    Ready to book your cruise in 2021? Once you decide on the type of cruise you prefer, contact our cruise manager at 574-529-3300 or by email at to confirm your date and time slot is open. Download our contract and fill it out with the contractselected date and time, sign it and return with your cruise deposit. We can hold your date for two weeks after confirming its availability with our manager before a deposit is needed. After that, simply decide on a meal plan and a total guest count, or if you have any questions, feel free to contact our manager to help plan your cruise.

  • AS YOU PLAN...

    The Lillypad boat serves as a banquet hall. Dinner cruises start at $400 per hour to rentplanning the boat, while appetizer cruises run $450 per hour. The food is prepared by the Lillypad/Frog staff and served on the boat. Decorations, entertainment, or alterations to what is already provided by the Lillypad is at the customer's expense. The interior of the boat seats 60 people comfortably, and can handle another 60 seated upstairs.

    Every effort will be made to tour the lake. In the event of inclimate weather, the boat will sit dockside for your event, or in severe cases, The Frog will serve as the host site. There will not be a fee for weather-cancelled cruises, but the host will be charged for food and drink. We will prorate the boat fee for time spent out on the water if there is a delay.

    Most important is to get your date and time reservation in the books. From there, work on planning your event with an accurate head count and submit your food options to the Lillypad within 10 days from your event.

    Special occasion cakes can be brought on board by the hosts. The Lillypad can supply dinnerware for a minimal fee.

    At the conclusion of your cruise, any decorations left behind will be discarded in a timely manner unless previously arranged.