Learn About Fish Sunset Cruise
Cruise quietly from RiverQuest's home berth in Haddam and observe Ospreys and their 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). On this special cruise, we will venture much further down river into Old Saybrook to see the baby Ospreys either on the edge of the nest ready to fly OR as a just beginning flyer! A naturalist will be on board 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.
7/16/17 - Sunday 9:30 - 12:30
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/
2017 CRUISE DATES:
June 3, Sunset Cruise 6:00pm - 8:00pm
August 5 departure at 9:00am, return at 11:00am.
Other dates TBD!! Stand by!
Price: $35pp, no one under 10 please.
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 as a fun, more 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 5, 2016
Cruise to Old Saybrook Lighthouses
A relaxing cruise south down the Connecticut River to view the Inner (Lynde Point) and Outer (Saybrook Breakwater Light) Lighthouses by water. Observe the beautiful, pristine river “One of the Last Great Places”, as we cruise by the towns of Haddam, East Haddam, Hadlyme, Lyme, Chester, Deep River and Essex, ultimately reaching Old Saybrook and Old Lyme at the mouth of the river on Long Island Sound. We will tell you about the history, ecology of the river and point out areas of interest. Bring your picnic basket if you’d like. There will be complimentary coffee and tea on board. Cost is $40pp. No one under 12 please. Please reserve your spot on-line. Thanks!
2017 Cruise Dates:
Saturday, August 19: 9:00am to 1:00pm
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 12 please.
July 20, 2016. depart at 5:30pm, return at 9:00pm.
Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Spectacle
Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 13 years they have brought individuals and groups on RiverQuest to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100's of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation! Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest (and now Capt Alex, Adventure) to allow perfect views from her open decks on the bow and stern. Her flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal "up close and personal" viewing.
Enjoy the entire evening!
We will spend about 3.5 hours on the water. There is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area now; last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets. Our on board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night.
You are able to bring your own picnic basket or snacks and your favorite "beverage" to enjoy on this special cruise. Don't forget your camera and binoculars (or borrow a pair of our binocs)! This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing.
Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!
Cost is $40pp.
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.
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.”
2017 Cruise Dates:
Check our calendar and Special Cruise Dates Page for exact dates, departure time and for SOLD OUT cruises.
Private Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Charters: $1650 for the whole boat! Private Charters will normally be aboard ADVENTURE.
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!
Bicentennial Cruise from Essex
Bicentennial Cruise departing from ESSEX, War of 1812
The British dropped anchor at the mouth of the Connecticut River and in the wee hours of April 8th, 136 British officers, sailors and marines, made their way up river on smaller heavily armed boats to Essex to destroy the town’s shipping, specifically the privateer ships. They came ashore at the foot of Main Street. Homes and businesses in town were spared, but, 27 ships in EssexHarbour were burned and destroyed. Follow the route that the British took on the river and learn more about this fascinating event on a narrated river cruise aboard RiverQuest. The cruise will last for approximately one hour and 45 minutes. The cost is $40pp. Please book on-line.
CRUISE DATE: TBD