Join us aboard and experience the beautiful Connecticut River! 

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

This Week on RiverQuest-

September is a beautiful time to enjoy the Daytime Public Sightseeing Cruises departing at 11:30am most Wednesdays – Sundays (check the calendar!)

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Note: Tree Swallow Cruises – spots available on 9/28 & 9/29 .  Feel free to check the calendar for any last minute cancelations. If someone cancels, the spots will immediately become available for booking.

River Currents:


Our move to Essex has been 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.

Captain Dan and Cathy have been working hard and you will see some really experienced captains at the helm.  Captain Bob, Captain Dave, Captain Paul have years of experience on this part of the river and even Onrust Captain Liz has been helping out.  We are excited about the Sunset Tree Swallow Cruises from August 26 – September 25.

Booking Now!

Booking now! 2022 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!

It’s September!!  The humidity has diminished and it is gorgeous on the river.  Most of the adult osprey are gone and the youngsters are fishing on their own.  We saw a few that are still returning to the nest expecting a meal.  Some young eagles are being spotted in Deep River and Hamburg Cove, they have just been hanging around.   The egrets are starting to form groups and the semipalmated sandpipers have been around for a week now.  Migration is starting and we are seeing some changes along the river. We hope to see you soon on RiverQuest!

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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