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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. 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.

Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises:

All Passengers: $45.00

  • February 10 – March 18, 2023
  • Fridays: 10:00am & 12:30pm
  •  Saturdays, and Sundays:  9:00am, 11:30am & 2:00pm
  • March Wednesdays:  11:30am
  • 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 860-767-8269
  • 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.
  • 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!

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 Connecticut River Museum, Essex CT rather than the address, it will bring you to the Museum.  41.3513382,-72.3859617

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Cooper Beech Inn – (860) 767-0330 – A country inn and renowned award-winning restaurant in Essex Connecticut, located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Website

The Griswold Inn – (860) 767-1776 – Defined by its uniqueness, this inn has many charming rooms, some have fireplaces, some have views of “village life” and some boast glimpses of water.  Website

Saybrook Point Inn and Spa – (860) 395-2000 – A luxury Connecticut Inn featuring elegant accommodations, fine dining, and premier Sanno spa. Website  

Quality Inn – (860) 395-1414 – A value hotel located in Old Saybrook.  Website

The Riverwind Inn – (860)526-2014 – The quintessential bed and breakfast experience in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley.  Website

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