New After-Dark Wisconsin Dells Boat Expedition Reveals Secrets of the "Lost Voyage"

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What lurks deep inside Cold Water Canyon in Wisconsin Dells may unearth the "truth" behind what happened to a missing tour boat nearly 70 years ago and the disappearance of three teenagers who recently discovered the site. Passengers dare to solve the fictitious mystery of Lost Voyage as they explore the dark, creepy canyon on foot.

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Lost Voyage, a new after-dark adventure, opens Memorial Day Weekend in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Lost Voyage is a unique blend of Blair Witch, Lost, X-files and Indiana Jones, with plenty of conspiracy theory thrown in...

Summer arrives in the Midwest, revealing a completely new and extremely eerie mysterious adventure on the Wisconsin River in the popular Wisconsin Dells vacation spot. Opening Memorial Day weekend, Lost Voyage takes brave-hearted souls on an after-dark boat excursion upriver to Cold Water Canyon, an ancient gorge that cuts deep into the cliffs on the eastern shore. Once there, passengers disembark and take a guided walk deep into the nearly pitch-black canyon to face a terrifying encounter with the fabled mystery surrounding a missing tour boat.

“Lost Voyage is not a scenic tour; it’s a completely new brand of interactive entertainment,” explains Amanda Glime, assistant manager of Lost Voyage. “On one level, Lost Voyage is an eerie boat ride and canyon walk filled with thrills and chills, but for those who dare to solve the mystery, there’s a lot more excitement and multiple layers to peel back.”

The fictional tale centers around the Badger — an old tour boat and a key component of the entire experience. According to legend, in the summer of 1943, the Badger disappeared during a storm near Cold Water Canyon. No trace of boat, passengers or crew was ever found until recently, when a trio of teenagers stumbled upon the missing vessel in the depths of the canyon — resting on dry land! At least, that’s what the footage on their video camera suggests; while their camera was recovered, the teens have gone missing.

Now, you are part of an expedition to try and find the teenagers and unravel the mystery of the disappearing excursion. Why did the boat vanish 68 years ago? Where did it go? And why did it suddenly reappear? What happened to those teenagers? Could Nazi spies, paranormal forces or Native American spirits be the cause of these strange events?

“It’s that mystery component that makes Lost Voyage so unique,” explains Emil Bertalot, the creator of the attraction. “There isn’t just an explanation for what’s going on; there’s an entire story that you become an active participant in. There are reasons why you see, hear and experience everything you will on the expedition. Hints to solving the mystery are everywhere.”

Discovering the answers won’t be easy — but it should be fun. By completing a free registration on the attraction’s website, dellslostvoyage.com, participants will receive a list of clues. The answers might be encountered anywhere: Around the Lost Voyage dock, during the adventure, even on the Lost Voyage website itself. When participants find all the answers, a code will be revealed. That code will unlock a key part of the mystery, and qualify the lucky code breaker for the chance to win prizes.

“Lost Voyage doesn’t end with the night-time boat adventure,” says Bertalot. “We’re extending the experience by providing some really high-quality entertainment and intrigue by following along online."

The mystery of the Lost Voyage will be revealed in stages, over several seasons, encouraging people to make the nocturnal trek more than once. Each year there will be new questions to answer and new codes to unlock as pieces of the haunting puzzle are unearthed. Even the experience itself will evolve over time, presenting a fresh chapter, new frights, and new clues to find. In time, the developers hope this new kind of interactive experience builds a following of fans that will share their theories and thoughts online about the fate of the Lost Voyage and those connected to it.

“Lost Voyage is a unique blend of Blair Witch, Lost, X-Files and Indiana Jones, with plenty of conspiracy theory thrown in for good measure,” says Glime. “If you want to figure out where the boat went, why it reappeared, what happened to those teens — the answers are out there.”

Due to its ominous themes, the Lost Voyage attraction is geared toward older children and adults. The experience is not recommended for kids age 10 and younger. Parental discretion is advised.

The 1½ hour Lost Voyage will embark nightly from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students ages 11 and under. Reservations are recommended.    

Lost Voyage is a presentation of Dells Boat Tours, one of Wisconsin Dells most historic and long running attractions with more than 150 years of operation. For reservations and more information, please call (608) 254-8555 or visit dellslostvoyage.com.

Editor's Note: The story of Lost Voyage and the missing teenagers are completely fictional events. No boat or people are actually missing.

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