Special Cruises

Learn About Fish Sunset Cruise

Fishes of the Lower Connecticut River Sunset Cruise

Ever wonder what is happening under the surface of the Connecticut River?  

What fish are there and when?  What is being done to protect the fish and their habitat?

Every cruise we get questions about the fish that inhabit our part of the CT River.  Here is our chance to get all those questions answered!

Join us on RiverQuest for a very Special Sunset Cruise with Fisheries Biologist Steve Gephard.

Steve is a supervising fisheries biologist with the State of Connecticut, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Inland Fisheries Division. He is in charge of the Division’s Diadromous (fish that migrate between fresh water and salt water) Fish  Program and its Habitat Conservation Program. He has over 35 years of experience with diadromous fish species and fish passage projects.

This will be a relaxing, informational cruise.  Bring a picnic, favorite beverage and any "fishy" questions you may have!

RiverQuest will depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam at 6:00pm on August 12, 2015.  Cost per person is $30. To learn more about this informative cruise and to reserve your spot with our easy on-line booking, please visit: ctriverquest.com. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577.

“Thursday’s on the Dock” Cruise



Cruise to Listen to Music “Thursday’s on the Dock” at the Connecticut River Museum


NOTE: We need a minimum of 25 to make these cruises a "GO". If we do not make the 25, we will turn this cruise into one of our regular Sunset Cruises and you will be charged the normal Sunset Cruise price.


Join us aboard RiverQuest and cruise from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam at 5:00pm south down the river to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex. We will arrive at the museum dock at around 6:15pm, disembark and join others at the very popular “Thursday’s on the Dock”. Enjoy music and cocktails while overlooking scenic Essex Harbor.  We will depart the CRM dock at about 7:30pm, return to the RiverQuest dock around 8:30pm. Tickets are $40 each which includes a complimentary drink ticket on the dock. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. (Must be 21 and over for this cruise)


August 13  5-8:30pm:  “Ringrose and Freeman. Connecticut born singer and songwriter Dan Ringrose was reared on the music of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. With a rich baritone voice that has been described as “stunning”, a mischievous sense of humor, and a comfortable command of the stage, Dan has entertained crowds for more than 30 years! Fiddler Jeanne Freeman is the founder and Director of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music, where she teaches Irish fiddle to students of all ages. In 2011, the two joined forces to form the Celtic duo “Ringrose & Freeman”. With their own twist on traditional songs and music they have quickly gained a reputation as two of the finest performers of Celtic music in the region.

NOTE: Private Charters take precedence

Haddam to Middletown Evening Cruise

Cruise from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam north up the Connecticut River to Middletown. Pass under the East Haddam Swing Bridge. Observe how beautiful the river is as we pass by several state parks on the edge of the river: Haddam Meadows, George Dudley Seymour and Hurd to name a few. See where the Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant was and view many beautiful homes. We will turn around at The Mattabessett Canoe Club Restaurant. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. Cost of this cruise is $40. No children under 10 please.


Cruise Dates:

July 15, 2015. depart at 5:30pm, return at 9:00pm.




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Kids Cruise

From 10:00am to 11:00am this is a special affordable family cruise, designed for young children and their parents, grandparents, older siblings, etc.



We now have check-in at the first gray building (Connecticut River Environmental Education Center - CREEC) located on the left when you enter the access road to RiverQuest starting at 9:15am. We will give you a ticket to get on the boat. That way, you can play in the park with no worry of losing your spot. 


On this cruise, we will teach young children about binoculars, they will learn about the birds we see, nautical terms, the ecology of the river and other points of interest including Gillette Castle and the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. We will go under the East Haddam Swing Bridge and hear the cars go over us. This will be a fun cruise to introduce children to the fragile beauty of the Connecticut River and the area we live in. And, it allows kids to be kids! All kids ages 2 to 12 ticket price will be only $5, all others only $10.

NOTE: Adults must have at least one kid(s) with them for this cruise. Thanks!

You do not need to bring life jackets with you, per the US Coast Guard, children under 12 do not need to wear them on a commercial boat.


There is no on-line booking for this cruise, it is first come/first serve. Also, cash only. Thank you.




June 7 & 27, 2015

July 11 & 25, 2015

August 8 & 15, 2015



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TGIF Sunset Cruise

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Need we say more! Summer is here and you had to work all week. Grab a friend and your favorite wine or beverage and start your weekend! We will provide some light snacks, and mother nature will provide great scenery and a sunset to unwind from your busy week. Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight as you dine. There will be only light narration on this cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more about this cruise (look on the Sunset Cruise page for more details) and our other cruises. Easy online booking. Cruise departs at 6:30pm and will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577.


July 17, 2015

August 21, 2015


Private Charters take precedence.


Osprey Cruises

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Cruise quietly from RiverQuest's home berth in Haddam and observe Ospreys and Osprey nests located in various areas along the lower Connecticut River. Ospreys return from their southern wintering homes that are primarily in South and Central America around March 20th. They rebuild their nests on the many nesting platforms, day markers and trees along the river. Come aboard one of RiverQuest's scheduled cruises and watch the progress as the Ospreys rebuild their nests and begin nesting (early April) to the chicks as they evolve from newly hatched chicks (Mid-May) to adolescent chicks/fledglings (late June) flying proudly with their new found power of flight (late July). A naturalist will be on board each cruise to educate you on the Osprey and any other bird/wildlife we may see on our journey. Cruise is three hours long. $40pp. Due to the length of this cruise, no one under 10 years old please.

CRUISE DATES: CANCELED. July 18, 9:30am to 12:30pm! 

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Full Moon Evening Cruise


Full Moon Evening Cruise:

Join us aboard RiverQuest and take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. This will be a cruise to no where, timed so that, weather permitting, we will see the full moon rise. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight; see local wildlife and various points of interest including many beautiful homes .Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more and to reserve your spots with our easy on-line booking. Cost is $35 per person. No children under 12. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577. Gift Certificates Available.


Cruise Dates: 

July 30, 2015




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Search for Fireworks Sunset Cruise

Although there are no scheduled fireworks for this evening, we will “search” for any that may be displayed along the edge of the river. Last year we saw a lot of them! Great time! Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. No one under 12 please. $40pp. Please book on-line. Thanks!


Cruise Dates: Saturday, July 4th, 7:30pm departure return around 10:30pm. Cost is $40pp.




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Phone: 860-662-0577

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