Lake Boon was a popular summer spot towards the end of the 1800s. It was easily accessible because of two railroad lines that ran by it. These railroad lines came out of Boston, which made the lake a great summer spot for city dwellers. At this time Lake Boon had a hotel, many clubs, two post offices, churches, and local stores.
In order to get from the railroad stops to the lake's hot spots, a ferry service was put into action. The steamship Cleo created a ferry line around 1900 that went from two points: Whitman’s Crossing near the Sudbury Rd bridge in Stow, and the Ordway Station in Hudson.
The ferry ran until 1914 until the business dissolved.