Join us aboard and experience the beautiful Connecticut River AND the Connecticut River Museum!

Great Location

All Cruises depart from the CT River Museum.  We are located on the beautiful Connecticut River in Essex, CT, at the foot of Main Street at Steamboat Dock.  All bookings include admission to the museum.


Public Cruises

All Cruises from the CT River Museum at Steamboat Dock in Essex, CT.  The calendar is shaping up!  So many fun, relaxing cruises March – October! Daytime, Sunset, Birding (Tree Swallow, Eagle, Osprey), Lighthouses, & more…..

Private Charters

Contact us for your intimate, casual, fun Private Charter! Our vessel RiverQuest offers a unique, affordable venue for your private gathering. Weddings, Company Outings, Reunions, Cocktail Parties, Anniversary, Rehearsal Dinners and more…

Upcoming aboard RiverQuest

Cruises from the CT River Museum in Essex, CT

Thanks for a great 2022 season on the CT River!

We saw so many old friends and made many new friends.  The 2022 weather was like no other and the wildlife flourished.  We watched the resident eagle families grow and had more peregrine sightings than ever before.  The tree swallows continued to amaze us night after night with huge numbers all through late August and September.

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River Currents:


Our move to Essex was a fun transition.  We miss Mark and Mindy, but are looking forward to seeing them on the River with their new vessel, R/V Keeper. We are now looking forward to the 2023 season.

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Booking now! 2023 Private Charters from Essex, CT on RiverQuest. A great way to have a happy, beautiful, intimate event! Bring aboard up to 40 guests.

2021 CT DEEP and our 2021 Eagle Update

2021 CT Bald Eagles: 105 Chicks! 80 Territories: 64 Successful, 6 Failed, 5 Territorial only, 6 Unknown outcome. 2021 Bald Eagles chicks in our river area: Clarkhurst (Haddam): 2, Goodspeed (East Haddam): 1, Deep River: 2, Hamburg Cove: 3, Ely’s Ferry: 3.

NATURE is our business…

….and business is good!

2022 Season is in the books!!  Thanks to all that joined us over this season.  We will continue to watch the wildlife along the river.  Cathy is working on the 2023 schedule and will have it available soon.  We will be back on the water in February and March for Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises.  Watch for some great special cruises and events in 2023.  We hope to see you on RiverQuest next season!

Covid NOTE: We follow the latest guidelines from the CDC, USCG and State of CT. RiverQuest crew members have all been vaccinated. Passenger safety is our number one concern.   

Cruising the Connecticut River

We are on the water February – October and the river is constantly changing with the seasons.

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