Connecticut River Expeditions is ready to cruise on the lower Connecticut River this February and March for their 13th Annual Winter Wonderland/Eagle Boat Cruises. These perennially popular winter cruises will depart from Eagle Landing State Park in the Tylerville section of Haddam, Conn.
Cruises will start on Saturday, Feb. 13, and run through March 20.
These cruises are very popular; it is suggested you book early to reserve your spots.
“We are really looking forward to offering this unique cruise during the 2016 winter season. After last year’s horrific ice conditions on the river, we can’t wait to get to work this year,” says Capt. Mark of the quiet, friendly eco-tour vessel RiverQuest.
He adds, “On this special cruise, our goal is to search for and learn about resident and visiting Bald Eagles and other wildlife we will find on our journey. We feel very fortunate that we are able to bring people out on the river during this quiet season to experience these magnificent raptors and one of our greatest natural resources, the Connecticut River.”
Without the summer boat traffic, there is a sense of tranquility on the river and with no leaves on the trees, the river’s edge offers a very different view, making it easier to find and see winter wildlife. In past years, bird sightings have included from one to 41 Bald Eagles, along with numerous hawk and duck varieties, falcons, cormorants and more. On occasion, fox, coyote, deer, bobcat and even seals have been seen.
Winter and early spring are also a great time of year to explore and experience the entire lower Connecticut River Valley. Come out, enjoy and support local businesses. There are shops and restaurants in Haddam, East Haddam and neighboring towns; stop by and visit one before or after your cruise. Although Gillette Castle, just 4.5 miles away from RiverQuest is closed, the park grounds are open for daytime visitors.
Take your camera and binoculars, but if you have no binoculars, there are extras available on RiverQuest for your use during the cruise. There will be complimentary coffee and tea on board.
Weekend and weekday times are available for these 2+ hour cruises. Cost is $40 per person.
It is requested that no children under 10 travel. For more information, departure times and easy on-line reservations visit RiverQuest at ctriverquest.com. 860-662-0577. Private charters and gift certificates are also available.