Private Charters



Now booking dates for your intimate, casual, fun Private Charter! Either Adventure or RiverQuest are a unique, affordable venue for your private gathering. Weddings, Company Outings, Family Reunions, Cocktail Parties, Anniversary, etc...


Special Cruises

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We have a cruise for everyone! February thru October we are on the river with so many fun and relaxing cruises to enjoy! Daytime and Sunset Cruises, Birding, Kid's, Wine/Food, Music and more. Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises



Gift Certificates


Please click "More" below. A Gift Certificate for a RiverQuest cruise works for all ages, never goes out of style and never expires! We offer relaxing Sunset and Daytime Cruises and lots of Special Cruises throughout the year!







NOTE: We depart from ESSEX for the Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises.


UPDATE: The 9:00am for SUNDAY 02-18 has been canceled. Note that we are going on Monday, President's Day.

This weekend: 

Sunday: 2:00pm, room. 11:30am is SOLD OUT!

             9:00am has been canceled.

Monday (President's Day): Room at 11:30am and 2:00pm.


For a SOLD OUT cruise, do try to book or send an email, sometimes we have a cancellation and we can't keep up with updating the home page and calendar. :-)


We are actively booking Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises, now through March 18:

Fridays: 10:00am and 12:30pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00am, 11:30am and 2:00pm.

AND on President's Day, February 19 at 11:30am and 2:00pm.


And, we have been having GREAT eagle sightings and a lot of fun! A wonderful cruise in search for eagles and other wintering wildlife departing from and partnering with the Connecticut River Museum in Essex. Admission to view the museum's exhibits is included in the ticket price! Nice!



Enjoy a winter getaway with a wonderful Package at either:

The Copper Beech Inn that includes lodging, meals, and the Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruise!

More info...


Spend some time in Essex and enjoy the Winter Adventure Package at the Griswold Inn. Package includes overnight stay, breakfast and tickets for 2 on a Winter Wildlife Cruise.

More info...


Our calendar for 2018 is almost complete. Thus far, our two most popular cruises, Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises and our Tree Swallow Sunset Cruises are on the calendar and bookable. 


Cruise Notes:

  • It is okay to book on “iffy” weather days based on weather predictions (which are wrong a lot!). It will be a bummer if we cancel due to rain, but, we DO NOT charge you as some organizations do.
  • For a SOLD OUT cruise, do try to book or send an email, sometimes we have a cancellation and we can't keep up with updating the home page and calendar. :-)
  • Please email if you need to change reservations or cancel! Thanks.


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Great Eagle sightings!  Photo by Ken Romer


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 Juvenile Bald Eagle hanging out after it's bath.


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A Seal having lunch! 2/9/18! Thank you Joan Meek!


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River Updates



Our calendar and booking for 2018 Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises is active and ready. And the Tree Swallow Cruises, also. More to come very soon!



General Bald Eagle nest update from the DEEP for 2017:

51 active nests in CT. Because of "issues" only 38 were successful. We fledged 61 eaglets!!


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2016 RiverQuest Video


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