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Great Summer 2018 River Cruises on RiverQuest

Submitted by RiverQuest.

Welcome aboard!

Connecticut River Expeditions is pleased to announce the eco-tour vessel, RiverQuest, based at Eagle Landing State Park in scenic Haddam, is in full swing for the 2018 summer season.

“I look forward to every cruise, each day on the river is different.” says Capt. Mark Yuknat, owner and operator of the RiverQuest boat. “We have two large birds of prey that nest along the Connecticut River, Ospreys and Bald Eagles. We usually see one of our resident Bald Eagles and in mid-July, the young Ospreys are on the edge of their nest getting ready for their first flight, cute to see! We educate all on the local wildlife, history and many other points of interest we will see.”

RiverQuest is a stable, handicap accessible, environmentally friendly vessel that has exposed tens of thousands of travelers, young and old, to the fragile beauty of the Connecticut River through public and private on-the-water adventures. There is an outside deck so passengers can enjoy being outdoors and a cabin area with seating for those that may want to be under cover.

Eagle Landing State Park is easy to get to, it is located close to Route 9, off Route 82 in Haddam, just south of the famous East Haddam Swing Bridge and across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House. There is plenty of parking, a large lawn and some picnic tables for visitors.

RiverQuest offers well-regarded, affordable public, school, and private charters from her location at Eagle Landing. The lineup includes:

  • Daytime “Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise”: 90 minutes for all ages
  • Sunset/Evening cruises: Two hours for adults
  • Specialty cruises: Bird watching, geology, history, foliage…and more
  • Private charters: Accommodates up to 45 people
  • Bus/Group tour charters: Accommodates up to 62 people
  • Educational cruises: Schools and other groups of all ages

Across from the entrance to Eagle Landing State Park, the former Goodspeed Railroad Station houses a unique gift store. Across the river is East Haddam, a quaint village that is home to the historic Goodspeed Opera House, where several Broadway plays got their start, the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, an ice cream shop and fine restaurants.

Gillette Castle, one of the state’s most popular parks, can be seen from RiverQuest on her public daytime “Gillette Castle Viewing Cruise.” Before or after the cruise, travelers can drive on scenic back roads to visit the castle, located a mere 4.5 miles from Eagle Landing State Park. Or take the historic Chester/Hadlyme Ferry across the river.

“Our mission is to get people out on the Connecticut River, to experience and learn about the pristine beauty of the river first hand. We are happy to be starting our eighteenth year of business.” says Capt. Yuknat. “We look forward to introducing all of our valued customers, both old and new, to the 2018 cruising season”.

Please come see us – and take an unforgettable journey on the Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest. Visit our web site at: for the latest cruise schedule, prices, and easy on-line booking.

Photo from Riverquest website.

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