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-

Daytime Public Sightseeing Cruises &

Public Sunset Cruises:

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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 to get the schedule set.  The captains and crew have been enjoying their time on the water and the beautiful Essex Harbor location.

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 August!!  Where is the summer going??  The young Osprey are now getting ready to fly or have flew off the nest.  We saw at least 12 ospreys in one small area of trees, they were mostly juvenile birds with just a couple adults.  The young first year eagles are doing well and have been seen watching the Osprey fishing and doing a little themselves. Huge schools of fish have been in the area attracting all kinds of wildlife, herons, egrets and larger fish.  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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