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 looking good!  So many fun, relaxing cruises February – 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…

Cruises from the CT River Museum in Essex, CT

Up Next: April Osprey Eagle Cruises

In April we will be watching the local Eagles and Osprey nesting activity. Early Spring is always a beautiful time for a leisurely ride along the river!

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Upcoming aboard RiverQuest

River Currents:


We are booking 2023 Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises!  We are  seeing our resident and visiting wildlife. Cruises run select days through March 18.  BOOK NOW

Booking Now!

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.

Also ask about Onrust Private Sails for up to 30 passengers.

2022 CT DEEP Eagle Update

2022 CT Bald Eagles, Across 67 CT Towns:  101 Chicks! 82 Territories: 57 Successful, 12 Failed, 4 Territorial only, 9 Unknown outcome.

Notes from the Deck

We had a lot of fun on our Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises.  Many Eagles were spotted of all ages.  The local adults have settled at their nests and now we wait to see behavior that lets us know that there are chicks in the nest.  We have some great special cruises and events coming up this season.  We hope to see you on RiverQuest soon!

Cruising the Connecticut River

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

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