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…

Upcoming aboard RiverQuest

Cruises from the CT River Museum in Essex, CT

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises:

2023 is here and we are eager to get back on the water.  Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises are right around the corner.  We will be exploring the CT River during this special time of year.  If you have never experienced being on the water in Winter, here is your chance.  Cruises begin February 10 and run through March 18.

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Stay at the Griswold Inn with their Winter Adventure Package!

River Currents:


We are now booking 2023 Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises!  We are looking forward to seeing our resident and visiting wildlife. Cruises start February 10th and 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.

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.

NATURE is our business…

….and business is good!

Happy New Year!!  We were treated the other day watching 2 adult eagles defend their nesting territory.  They flew in unison and chased off an immature Eagle that got a little too close.  We will be back on the water in February and March for Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises and booking is open.  Watch for some great special cruises and events in 2023.  We hope to see you on RiverQuest this 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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