Keep the Madam Carroll Operational

The Madam Carroll, at 135’ in length and over 300 tons in weight, is the largest registered vessel in the state of Indiana. Launched in 1976 she has cruised and been a part of Lake Freeman for just under 50 years. Due to a recent mandate pushed through with little to no impact related research as well as erroneous calculations by the Fish and Wildlife Service, Lake Freeman as of today has been lowered over 7’. 


We have been working days on end to re-engineer the Madam Carroll dock with two goals: 1. Keep the vessel operational 2. Safely bring guests on and off the boat with a lake that continues to drain. 


Costs associated with this project, excluding our losses from COVID and the business lost from the inability to cruise include:
- 150' of passenger ramps and gangways
- 75' of 220V ship-to-shore electrical extensions
- 80' of black water discharge extension
- 3,000+ lbs of steel pilings, c-channel and misc. iron
- 80'+ of mooring chains
- 20 floating dock units capable of supporting 700 lbs each to extend access to the vessel as we continue to push her further into the channel
- extensive labor


As new owners, we have held off asking for any donations. We simply asked that the community continue to support the business by frequenting the boat and having a cocktail. However, a number of customers have asked if we have a platform for donations - and now we do! 

This boat and our business will continue to survive if you make a donation or not. However, with a 75% loss in seasonal revenue as compared to last year, every little bit helps and will ensure that we continue to grow and recover from a devastating year. Thank you for taking a moment to consider our business and it's future!

- Chris Peters and Chris Lehe
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    • $100 
    • 9 mos
  • Robert Trach 
    • $100 
    • 10 mos
  • Leo Mann 
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
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    • $25 
    • 12 mos
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Freeman Cruises LLC 
Raised $650 from 5 donations
Monticello, IN
Christopher Lehe 
Team member
Raised $210 from 4 donations
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