Greenwood Lake is nine miles long and stretches across the New York/New Jersey state line. The lake freezes over most winters providing many new types of recreation during the winter months. In the late 1800s, that ice was lucrative business and one that warranted a new train line to help cart the ice back to NYC. The trains eventually brought tourists, and tourists needed to be ferried across the lake on one of the many ferries that began operating on Greenwood Lake in the 1870s.
Historian Wilbur T. Christman wrote about this era in his book “Tales of Greenwood Lake.” The “Montclair,” nicknamed “Queen of the Lake,” was one of the largest steamboats on the lake. The “Montclair” started it’s life as a tugboat in the harbor of New York City, before being carted up on two flatbed train cars to Sterling Forest, where it was launched and refurbished on Greenwood Lake.