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

tree close

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 Tree Swallow Sunset 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!  




NOTE: 09-19 and 09-20 have been CANCELLED. If you have reservations, you have not been charged and you can reschedule by making a new reservation on one of the dates below. Thank you!!! Note that we DO NOT charge you for a canceled cruise as some organizations do and will offer you a re-schedule date.


Upcoming Daytime and Evening Cruise dates/times:


Tree Swallow Sunset Cruises:

Departing at 5:00pm. At the moment, we still have room on the following dates (we just added more!): 


Vessel Adventure:

09-25, 09-26, 09-27, 09-28, 9-29

Vessel RiverQuest:

Just opened up! spots on: 09-26


ALSO, please note there are also spots here and there, try to book even if it says sold out or send us an email and we will add you to our Wait List. 


Daytime Cruises:

Usually plenty of room for walk-ons, however, always best to book on-line for any cruise to guarantee your spot. 


Wednesday, Thursday:

90 minute Daytime Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise11:30am

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

90 minute Daytime Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise: 1:30pm


Starting September 30 through October 29:

Wednesday, Thursday:

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


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


Saturday and Sunday

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


Two Hour Fall Foliage Sunset Cruises:

Departing 3:30pm, returning 5:30pm.

Southbound: 10-14, 10-15, 10-28

Northbound: 10-08 


Note: 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.


Also, 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. :-)



Calendar       Reservations




IMG 0494

The tree topper Bald Eagles near their nest. We see them pretty regular as we head down to the birds!


Beautiful rainbow 09-03 on the way to see the Tree Swallows.


rq tree swallow

RiverQuest on a Tree Swallow Cruise, nice and intimate!


 UNADJUSTEDNONRAW thumb 6ee  IMG 8612  RQ3  sunset clouds



River Updates



Tree Swallow Sunset Cruises are going strong. The journey to the birds has been fun, we had a record 24 Bald Eagles on one cruise and have seen at least four on each cruise. Also, seeing lots of other wildlife local, Great Egrets, Blue Herons, cormorants, and more. The Tree Swallows (and Purple Martins and a few Barn Swallow) have been coming and performing. We will be adding a couple more evening Tree Swallow Cruises the first week in October, have not yet in case we need some evenings for a re-schedule (hope not!).

AND don't forget, we are still running our Gillette Castle Daytime Cruise until the end of October. Bring on the family, visitors to the area and friends!

The leaves on the trees and some vines are starting to change color already. Yikes! Come aboard soon.


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


Check out our Favorite Links and Resources

page for links and web cams we are hooked on...Help us by emailing some of your favorites!




Phone: 860-662-0577

Upcoming Excursions

January 8, 2015

Non-Stop CT! Video

View From the Wheelhouse

Click bottom right for full screen.