Winter Wildlife & Eagle Cruises
ADDED: Sunday March 12 at 4:15 pm (start of Daylight Savings)
Winter Wildlife and Eagle Cruises – departing from the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, CT
RiverQuest has teamed up with the Connecticut River Museum for our winter cruises!
In February and March we will depart from the Connecticut River Museum docks at the end of Main Street in ESSEX.
With this partnership, you not only get to enjoy the river and its wildlife from the water, but also the entire museum and their special Eagles of Essex exhibit.
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 2 hour “on-the-water” cruise to search for eagles and other winter wildlife. This is Mark and Mindy’s 14th 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, golden eagle, coyote, deer, many hawk species, 3 types of seals, many different gulls, loons, 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.
We are hopeful that having RiverQuest further south this winter in Essex Harbor will decrease the chances of cancellations due to ice.
GPS - Connecticut River Museum, 67 Main Street, Essex, CT
Directions: CT Route 9 North to Exit 3 (Essex) and follow signs to Connecticut River Museum and Essex Historic Waterfront. The Dock is located at the foot of Main Street on the Connecticut River.
Hang around in Essex and have breakfast, lunch or dinner at local restaurants: Abby's Place, the Griswold Inn or the Black Seal. Olive Oyls deli has sandwiches and other food to go and Essex Coffee and Tea has food, too! Some nice retail shops to visit, also.
2017 Dates/Deaprture Times:
Photo by Jeri Duefrene
Saturdays - Sundays:
9:00 to 11:00
11:30 to 1:30
2:00 to 4:00
2/4 - 2/5; 2/11 - 2/12; 2/18 - 2/19; 2/25 - 2/26
3/4 - 3/5; 3/11 - 3/12; 3/18 - 3/19
10:00 to 12:00
12:30 to 2:30
2/10; 2/17; 2/24
3/3; 3/10; 3/17
Come out and play and beat Winter Cabin Fever!
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 now then it is in the summer months, no boats and with no leaves on the trees, our wildlife viewing is much easier.
Although our primary mission is to search for and observe visiting and resident Bald Eagles (we will pass three nests on our journey), we will also search for many other varieties of local winter wildlife.
Birds of Prey:
Red Tailed Hawk
Rough Legged Hawk
Sharp Shinned Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
Green Winged Teal
Great Black Back
Pied Billed Grebe
Red Throated Grebe
Red Throated Loon
So, come aboard and see what we find on your cruise!
*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.
*Due to the popularity of these cruises, they do sell out, so, reservations are required. Please use our on-line booking "reservations" button. We can sometimes take on last minute passengers, so, email us anytime.
We want to remind everyone that this is a nature cruise. The weather can change drastically in minutes; rain, wind, fog, ice and heavy snow may pop up. There are times when a cruise may be canceled very last minute. We will of course try to give as much notice as possible and we will only cancel if there is a safety issue or wildlife viewing will be affected. So please, be patient and understanding with us.
ALWAYS....before you come, check our home page or call 860-662-0577 for up-to-date cruise information.
Private Charter Price: Please email us to discuss more.
Special days/times for school groups or other groups can be set up.
Thank you! Captain Mark and Mindy.
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