Full Moon Spring Foliage Sunset Cruise
Join us aboard RiverQuest and take a relaxing evening cruise to enjoy the FULL MOON and SPRING FOLIAGE and SUNSET 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. We will also see the beautiful hues of the spring foliage and the beauty of the river 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.
Sunset 8:08, Moon rise: 7:55
May 21, 2016 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Connecticut Open House Day
Special for Connecticut Open House Day, an approximately 45 minute cruise for a special price of $5 per person, all ages. We will begin at approximately 9:00am. When RiverQuest meets capacity (65 passengers), we will leave the dock. Return and re-load, return and re-load. Last boat will leave when we meet capacity before 12:30pm. We will see Gillette Castle and more! First come, first serve. No reservations. No credit cards accepted on this special priced cruise. CASH ONLY. Come aboard! All ages welome!
Disclaimer: Sometimes the press grabs our information, which is great! However, please always confirm the times on our website, that is what we will cruise to!
Photo credit: Center photo, Kelvin W Cole.
Spring Osprey/Eagle Cruise
On this about 2.5 hour cruise, we will see two of our resident Bald Eagle's nests along with our returning Ospreys. We will depart from our dock at Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam in search of Ospreys and eagles and whatever other wildlife we can find. We will pass fairly close to the Goodspeed Eagle's Nest, where we hope to catch a glimpse of the eagles near the nest. As we head south towards the next eagle's nest in Lyme, we'll point out other areas of interest, including Gillette's Castle. Most of our ospreys will be nesting or working on their nests. All the platforms and day markers will eventually have an Osprey nest. We'll then get a view of the Nott Island Eagle Nest. We'll tell you all about the local wildlife we will see along with lots of other interesting stuff! Enjoy this beautiful river! Complimentary Coffee and tea onboard. Cost is $40 per passenger. Due to the length of this cruise, no children under 10 please.
Cruise Dates (2016):
April 16, 17, 23. Check calendar or Special Cruise Dates page for departure times.
Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Spectacle
2015 was another spectacular year, great shows for the Swallows and Eagles and Herons, Egrets, and lots of other "things". A wonderful and fun journey!
We are already actively booking for 2016 cruises.
Through the end of August, during the entire month of September and into October, tens of thousands of birds congregate in the lower Connecticut River Valley on their migration route south. One flock of birds, primarily comprised of tree swallows, come each evening to an island to roost. It is speculated that these birds fly in from as far as 50 miles away. As many as half a million may come in at dusk where they converge just before sunset over the island, often creating a spectacular “ballet” in the sky. Then, just after sunset, they settle down into a communal roost in the phragmites (a type of reed) for the night. We will educate you on this phenomenon, answer questions and point out other migrating birds or local wildlife we may see. We regularly see: Bald Eagles, Ospreys, different ducks, Cormorants and who know what else!
Bring a picnic basket, your favorite beverage and your binoculars (we have a limited supply on board to loan for the cruise) and enjoy the evening as we wait for the Tree Swallow Sunset Spectacle.
This cruise is approximately three to 3.5 hours in length.
NOTE: Due to the length of this evening cruise, we ask that no children under 12 years old be booked. Please email us for questions/comments.
Cost: $40 each passenger.
These cruises sell out, so, reservations are required. Please use our on-line booking. We can sometimes take on last minute passengers, so, email us anytime.
NO BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS (email us to discuss if you have more).
Roger Tory Peterson of the Peterson Field Guides quote on this phenomenon:
“I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.”
2016 Cruise Dates:
Starting August 21st thru October 8th.
Check our Calendar and Special Cruise Dates Page for exact dates, departure time and for SOLD OUT cruises.
Private Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Charters: Stand by for 2016 costs. Thanks!
MyTV9 Star Sees Swallows at Sunset: Angela watches an air show like no other Watch Video>>>
- Sarah Cody form Fox 61 DayTripper News came on a Tree Swallow Cruise with us. See her video: Watch Video>>>
- Autumn on the Connecticut River With the Swallows - 9/2/14, By HELEN O'NEILL Associated Press Read Article>>
On 09-24, there were so many Tree Swallows in the air, that Ryan of NBC weather posted the radar images on his Blog:
Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan NBC CT 30- How the swallows appear on Radar!
Selden Creek Navigation/Connecticut's Amazon
Selden Creek borders Selden Island, an island that is an untouched, pristine 640 acre Connecticut State Park, located in the town of Lyme. RiverQuest will cruise south down the Connecticut River from Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, into Selden Creek for a circumnavigation of Selden Island. While slowly cruising through this serene, peaceful creek, your crew will point out flora and fauna and discuss the geology and history of the island and the bordering mainland. Cruising through the creek today is not much different than it was several hundred years ago. Enjoy the magic of the area. Look for Bald Eagles and other bird/wildlife.
More About Selden Island: http://www.seldenisland.org/
2016 CRUISE DATE:
June 4 departure at 9:30am, return at 11:30am.
Other dates TBD!! Stand by!
Price: $35pp, no one under 10 please.
Mother's Day Cruise
Join us aboard RiverQuest and spend some quality time with Mom! Depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam (across the river from the Goodspeed).
On this special day, MOM IS HALF PRICE! NOTE: Mom must be accompanied with a child of any age!
This 90 minute cruise departs at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm and is $15 kids, $20 adults, but, on Mother’s Day, May 10th, Mom cruises for only $10.
Learn about the nature and history of the lower Connecticut River. See the beautiful Spring Foliage!
Let Mom have a relaxing morning, maybe breakfast in bed, a light brunch, then bring your family lunch on board or have a bite to eat before or after your cruise at a fine local restaurant in East Haddam, Chester or Essex.
NOTE: Mom must be accompanied with a child of any age!
May 8, 2015 at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.
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 9:00am. 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.
2016 DATES, Stand by!
Father's Day Cruise
Join us aboard RiverQuest and spend some quality time with Dad! Depart from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam (across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House). On this special day, DAD IS HALF PRICE! This 60 minute cruise is $10 kids, $16 adults, but, on Father’s Day, Dad cruises for only $8 with the purchase of a full price adult or child ticket. Learn about the nature and history of the lower Connecticut River. Relax in the morning or throughout most of the day and then come for a cruise! You may bring a sandwich on board or have a bite to eat before or after your cruise at one of the fine local restaurants in Haddam, East Haddam, Chester or Essex. Departs at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm.
NOTE: Dad must be accompanied with a child of any age!
June 19, 2016. Departure times: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm and 3:30pm