2020 Winter Wildlife Eagle Cruises

February 8 - March 17

Come beat the winter doldrums and cabin fever! Bring your family and friends to enjoy the winter and to experience the beauty and solitude of the Connecticut River this special time of year. There is minimal human activity, and with no leaves on the trees, our wildlife viewing won't get any better.

RiverQuest has teamed up with the Connecticut River Museum for our winter cruises. In February and March depart from the Connecticut River Museum dock at the end of Main Street, located 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 Connecticut River for their favorite food – FISH. Join us on this two 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, three types of grebes, fox, three types of swans, three types of mergansers, golden eagle, coyote, deer, many hawk species, three 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.



Departs from the Connecticut River Museum
67 Main St.
Essex, CT 06426
United States




(860) 662-0577

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