Haddam Fireworks Cruise
CANCELED due to T'storms. Join us aboard RiverQuest, departure at 7:00pm from Eagle LandingState Park in Haddam. We will cruise around a little bit and then position RiverQuest off Haddam Meadows State Park to watch the fireworks associated with Haddam River Days. The fireworks are scheduled to go off at 8:30pm. Once completed, we will head back to the dock, should be back to the dock by 9:30pm. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to reserve your spots using our easy on-line booking. Cost is $40 per person. No children under 12. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577. Gift Certificates Available.
Tree Swallow Spectacle
Booking is available on-line for our 2015 Tree Swallow Cruises....
The 2014 season is over! I am sooooo missing it! What a great time we had. The birds were great, many Bald Eagles of all ages were seen and we had the BEST customers every cruise. THANK YOU all for a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you aboard next year (or before on Winter Wonderland Eagle Cruises...coming soon!).
Tree Swallow Spectacle:
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 and eventually forming a “funnel” or "rain". 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. 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 spectacle. Please no children under 10 years old. This cruise is approximately three hours in length (usually around 3.5 hours). Cost: $40 each passenger. Reservations required. Please use our on-line booking for this cruise.
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.”
2015 Cruise Dates:
Starting August 23rd thru October 4th (maybe later).
Check our Calendar and Special Cruises Page for exact dates and starting times.
Reservations are required, please use our easy on-line booking. Thanks!
Departure times (always check the calendar to confirm!):
August 22 thru August 28: 6:00pm
August 29 thru September 11: 5:30pm
September 12 thru September 29: 5:00pm
September 30 thru October 09: 4:30pm
- 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>>>
- On 09-24, there were so many Tree Swallows in the air, that Ryan of NBC weather posted the radar images on his Blog:http://ryanhanrahan.com/2012/09/24/the-mysterious-radar-echoes-are-no-longer-mysterious/.
- Autumn on the Connecticut River With the Swallows - 9/2/14, By HELEN O'NEILL Associated Press Read Article>>
Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan NBC CT 30- How the swallows appear on Radar!
Fall Foliage Cruises
Join us aboard RiverQuest for our Fall Foliage Cruises. The foliage begins to change in late September and there will be color all through October.
On our regularly scheduled 90 minute Gillette Castle Viewing Daytime Cruises, we will still cruise south, where you will also see the beautiful changing foliage on the many varieties of trees along the lower Connecticut River. The cost for 11:30am (Wednesday and Thursday) and 1:30pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), 90 minute cruise, is $20 adults, $15 children.
Special Foliage Cruises in October, all two hours.
Not sure the tides will cooperate for the Selden Island Circumnavigation... Please stand by!
Foliage Cruises NORTH:
October 19: 3:30pm to 5:30pm. This cruise will be set up like our Sunset Cruise. A table, bring a picnic basket and your favorite beverage if you choose. Light narration, relaxing cruise for you! $35pp. No one under 12 on this cruise, please.
Connecticut's Amazon, Selden Island Circumnavigation:
October ??: 10:00am to 12:00pm. $30pp
October 26: 3:30pm to 5:30pm.
Including wine and apps. $40pp for Lyme Public Hall members. $45 for non-members, call 860-526-8886
Always please check our Calendar to confirm departure days and times. Private charters take precedence.
Selden Island Exploration
RiverQuest will leave Haddam and cruise south down the Connecticut River to Selden Island where passengers will disembark onto this 640 acre island, the largest island in the state of Connecticut and a Connecticut State Park. In the late 1800’s, a huge granite quarry, that primarily supplied paving stones to New York City and Philadelphia, operated on Selden Island. A naturalist and/or historian will guide a hiking tour on the island pointing out wildlife, plant life, geology and will explain the fascinating stone quarrying history of the island. At the "top" of the island we will pause so that you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Connecticut River. The hike portion of the trip lasts about two hours (this includes stopping at points of interest) and is fairly strenuous, dress appropriately. Bring a lunch or a snack with you to munch on as we cruise back to Haddam. $40 per person.
CRUISE DATE: Saturday, October 25, Depart at 8:30am. Return around 12:30pm. Please call CT Audubon EcoTravel Division at 860-767-0660 to reserve a spot on this cruise.
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Geology Cruise on the Lower CT River
Connecticut and the Connecticut River is had "rich" geology. We will have a geologist onboard to tell you all about how the Connecticut River formed and many other interesting geological facts of the river.Departure from Eagle Landing Park, Haddam.
CRUISE DATE: Stand by for 2014 dates.
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: Please stand by for 2014 dates!
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: July 19, 9:30am to 12:30pm!
Cruise on the Connecticut River from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Enjoy the beautiful Connecticut River while listening to “Parrothead” music. Bring your margarita’s or any favorite beverage and your picnic basket. If you want your margarita on the rocks, we’ll have a blender and ice available. Dress in your “Parrothead” attire. Meet other “Parrotheads”! This is designed a fun, active Sunset Cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more and to reserve your spots. Cruise departs at 6:00pm will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. No one under 12 years old please.
Friday, August 1, 2014