Join us aboard and experience the beautiful Connecticut River! 


Public Cruises

Winter Cruises in March from Essex, CT.  The calendar is under construction, but will be available soon.  So many fun, relaxing cruises March – October! Daytime, Sunset, Birding (Tree Swallow, Eagle, Osprey), Lighthouses, & more…..

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.

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

Upcoming Cruises:

May Daytime Public Sightseeing Cruises:

  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Fridays, May 20th and 27th
  • Saturday, May 28th
  • Sunday, May 29th

River Currents:

Big News

Mark & Mindy have decided to “down-size”. They are working on a smaller boat that will offer small group experiences. It will also be able to navigate shallow water to recover trash and debris along the Connecticut River. R/V Keeper will be built by Chester Boatworks located in Chester, CT and will be operational from Eagle Landing State Park by this Fall.

We are thrilled here at the Connecticut River Museum that they are allowing us to carry on their mission. Capt. Dan Thompson, Watercraft Operations Manager and his staff will be operating the 64’ vessel along with the museum’s other boat the Onrust.

Although there will be some new faces on RiverQuest, passengers can still have the opportunity to sail with Cathy Malin, who has been crew/naturalist on RiverQuest for more than 10 years.

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!

Spring is here and the first foliage is beautiful.  The Shad bushes have bloomed now the cherry trees are showing their color.  Within days we will have many trees leafed out.  There is lots of activity in the Eagle nest at Hamburg Cove, the eggs have hatched and we wait to see how many.  The adults at the Deep River nest still seems to be low in the nest when we go by, but we are still watching.  The Cinco de Mayo Cruise and our Community Support Cruise went great! It was so nice to see some old friends and make some new ones.  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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