About Us

Who We Are:

USCG Master Captain John C. Cookman, PS, FMNP

Born in 1954, he grew up on the Ohio and Scioto River’s where he began boating at the age of 8 years old. Along with being an avid USCG Master Captain, he is also a design engineer, professional surveyor and Florida Master Naturalist.

Kathy J. Cookman, BS, CSTR, CAISS

Born in 1959, she grew up in central Ohio and has always enjoyed sailing and has a passion for manatees.  For several years, she was a Docent and “Manatee Coast” Region Leader at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium and will complete her Florida Master Naturalist program in early 2018.

Both Kathy and John volunteer with Sea To Shore Alliance to help rescue, release and track injured or ill manatee.

At KJ & JC Enterprises, LLC dba Manatee & Eco River Tours, we are focused on providing “more than just a boat ride”;  we do our best to share our passion about the environment, wildlife and nature in general.  We strive to provide education to our guests in a fun and informative fashion. With a variety of offerings to choose from. We’re sure you’ll be happy joining us for a great time on the water! Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.  Visit our FaceBook page and even Trip Advisor to see what other’s have said about their experience on board the M/V River Queen.  We look forward to meeting you!