In the 1860s, six boat landings were constructed along the shoreline of the Lake, small structures that served as scenic lookouts and docks for recreational boaters. A passenger boat made a circuit around the Lake, transporting visitors between the landings and Bethesda Terrace.
The landings were periodically reconstructed in the 19th century—though much of the original detailing was lost over time—and removed throughout the 20th century due to deterioration. In 2016, the Conservancy rebuilt the five boat landings standing today. Thanks to the careful work of the Conservancy’s team of historians, planners, landscape architects, and architects, the new landings are faithful re-creations of the original 19th-century designs and represent rustic and Victorian styles.