Feb/Mar – Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

Come out of your winter doldrums and experience the beauty and solitude of the lower Connecticut River during this wonderful time of year! It is so different than it is any other time of the year. There are no other vessels on the water, and with no leaves on the trees, our wildlife viewing is easy and fun.

As the river, lakes and ponds to our north freeze, Eagles and others make their way to the lower CT River for their favorite food – FISH. Join us on this approximately 2 hour “on-the-water” cruise to search for eagles and other winter wildlife. This is Mark and Mindy’s 17th year providing these popular cruises and in the past we have spotted up to a record 41 eagles, 3 types of grebes, fox, 3 types of swans, 3 types of mergansers, many different gulls, loons, golden eagle, coyote, deer, many hawk species, 3 types of seals, and even a bobcat. We will have Naturalists on board to narrate and make sure you don’t miss a thing!

RiverQuest has a heated cabin, but we suggest that you dress in warm layers since the best views will be from the open decks. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars! …No binoculars? No worries, we have plenty on board for you to borrow! We will also provide complimentary coffee and tea.

Days & Times
A Few Other Things
Directions to CT River Museum

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises:

All Passengers: $42.00

Days & Times
  • Sorry…we are not offering these cruises in 2021 due to Covid.
  • We are however, offering Spring Osprey/Eagle Cruises in April from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Check calendar soon for dates. We will see Bald Eagle.
A Few Other Things
  • It is best to book online to secure your spot, reservations are strongly recommended.
  • Please, always confirm the cruise is going by checking the ctriverquest.com home page for any changes! or call 860-662-0577
  • Due to the length of this winter cruise, we ask that no children under 10 years old be booked. Please email us for questions/comments.
  • RiverQuest leaves the dock on time! Please check in at the Connecticut River Museum front desk at least fifteen minutes before departure.
  • NO ON-LINE BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS.  Please email us if you have more than 10.
  • The Captain reserves the right to change the cruise itinerary or cancel a cruise anytime he feels that there may be a weather, viewing or safety issue.  We want to remind everyone that this is a nature cruise and the weather can change drastically in minutes; rain, wind, fog, ice and heavy snow may develop quickly. There are times when a cruise may need to be canceled very last minute. We will of course try to give as much notice as possible. Thank your for your understanding.
  • Private Charters, School Groups, and other groups can be arranged, just email us!
Directions to CT River Museum

From Interstate 91, take Exit 22 (CT Route 9 South). Take CT Route 9 South (26 miles) to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

From Interstate 95, take Exit 69 (CT Route 9 North). Take CT Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.

GPS – We have found that if you enter the address 90 Main Street, Essex CT it will bring you to the Museum.  41.3513382,-72.3859617

(FOR WINTER CRUISES ONLY!  We are in Haddam Spring, Summer and Fall.)


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