Private Charters

rq7Now booking dates for your intimate, casual, fun Private Charter! Either Adventure or RiverQuest are a unique, affordable venue for your private gathering. Weddings, Company Outings, Family Reunions, Cocktail Parties, Anniversary, etc...


Special Cruises

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We have a cruise for everyone! February thru October we are on the river with so many fun and relaxing cruises to enjoy! Daytime and Sunset Cruises, Birding, Kid's, Wine/Food, Music and more. NOW booking Fall Foliage Cruises!


Gift Certificates


Please click "More" below. A Gift Certificate for a RiverQuest cruise works for all ages, never goes out of style and never expires! We offer relaxing Sunset and Daytime Cruises and lots of Special Cruises throughout the year!  






For the upcoming WEEKEND!


The weather is looking good and we have  room on the Southbound Early Evening Foliage Cruise at 3:30pm to 5:30pm on 10-21 (RiverQuest)


at 4:00pm to 6:00pm on 10-22 (Adventure)! 


Sunday 10-22: 2:00pm sold out.


Daytime and Evening Cruise dates/times through October 29:


Two Hour Fall Foliage Early Evening Cruises (3:30pm-5:30pm):

Southbound: 10-22 (on Adventure), 10-28 (on RiverQuest)

Northbound: 10-21


Daytime Cruises:

*Wednesday, Thursday:

90 minute Fall Foliage Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise: 11:30am


90 minute Fall Foliage Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise: 1:30pm

*Saturday and Sunday:

60 minute Fall Foliage Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise: 12:30pm and 2:00pm.


The Valley Railroad is offering the "Haddam Special" through 10-22. Take the Steam Train from Essex to spend the day in Haddam and East Haddam, along with your RiverQuest cruise. Reserve through the Valley Railroad, details: HERE.  


Special Cruises:

Selden Island Circumnavigation at 1:30pm: Tuesday, 10-24



  • Usually plenty of room for walk-ons, however, always best to book on-line for any cruise to guarantee your spot. 
  • It is okay to book on “iffy” weather days based on weather predictions (which are wrong a lot!). It will be a bummer if we cancel due to rain, but, we DO NOT charge you as some organizations do.
  • For a SOLD OUT cruise, do try to book or send an email, sometimes we have a cancellation and we can't keep up with updating the home page and calendar. :-)
  • Please do not call the RiverQuest phone for cancellations or! Thanks.


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Great Eagle sightings this past weekend!  


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A Goodspeed Sunset!


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In Selden Creek!


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River Updates



It was a busy weekend on The River!  We had lots of passengers who came by cars, trains, and planes!  The overcast weather made perfect conditions for sighting Eagles ..and boy did we get some really great views.  The Foliage has not hit peak yet and we are hoping for more color this coming week.  Many people have been requesting a Selden Creek Trip (one of my favorites!) and Mindy has found a date that meets all the conditions of this special cruise.... so we have added our Selden Island Circumnaviagtion on October 24 at 1:30pm.

Only 2 more weeks...Come aboard before the season is over!


General Bald Eagle nest update from the DEEP for 2017:

51 active nests in CT. Because of "issues" only 38 were successful. We fledged 61 eaglets!!


Enjoy our 2016 Season Video: 


2016 RiverQuest Video


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