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RETURNING!

We are looking forward to returning to the water on Monday – January 4, 2021 for a 9:00 a.m. Manatee Tour! With 2020 rapidly coming to a close, we are eager to get back on the water to share fantastic opportunities to learn more about the Florida Manatee!  It has been a difficult time for everyone and as you know, we stopped running tours in March, 2020 and just recently took the River Queen out for the 4th annual Christmas Boat Parade sponsored by Sweetwater Landing Marina.  We are planning to limit the boat capacity to 20 passengers and 2 crew at this time, allowing adequate space for social distancing.  (The vessel is permitted to carry 42 passengers and 2 crew) On chilly mornings, we have blankets available to borrow and after every trip, they will be washed/sanitized prior to…

Cancelled Tours

It is odd not being on the Caloosahatchee River providing tours.  Our last outing was on March 7, 2020 just prior to the “shelter in place” and “social distancing” orders…. and although the restrictions are starting to be loosened, we are staying closed to business for now.  If you want to communicate with us, please send an email to [email protected]m as we are not monitoring the telephone at this time. We hope to be available for tours soon.  It is doubtful however, that this will happen before July 1, 2020. Stay safe!

Annual Maintenance

  Just as a Great Egret waits patiently for it’s feast…  we have had to work on our patience this summer! The River Queen goes through an annual evaluation with the U.S. Coast Guard and we passed with flying colors.  On a routine basis, one of those inspections requires the boat be hauled out of…

The Big Calusa

Calusa Waterkeeper shines positive light on region’s top asset with a week-long celebration and clean-up of our waterways Southwest Florida’s water is worth fighting for — and celebrating. So, leading non-profit clean water advocacy group, Calusa Waterkeeper, has created The Big Calusa, a family-friendly, recreational, educational and cultural week-long festival and clean-up to reconnect our community in a positive way with all we love about our waterways. “All year long, we at Calusa Waterkeeper find ourselves talking about the catastrophic harm we have suffered due to red tide and blue-green algae: fish and marine life dying by the millions, citizens at higher risk of illness, significant economic damage and on and on,” Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said. “Now it’s time to remind everyone why our water is so special.” The Big Calusa began on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with…

Caloosa Belle Article

A special THANK YOU to Danika J. Hopper for the article she wrote for the Caloosa Belle. https://caloosabelle.com/human-interest/cruising-along-the-caloosahatchee/

Manatee Viewing

Manatee viewing within the Orange River and in and around the Caloosahatchee River is “typically” best between December and March.  Did you know it is weather-dependent?  Yes, that is true.  As the Gulf of Mexico waters cool below 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the manatee will migrate to warmer waters.  In Lee County, Florida, that means the…

Manatee Observations

Those who have been on our tours are provided education about the manatee, the area of Lee County and Southwest Florida’s eco system…. making it more than just a boat ride!  The importance of protecting the manatee and helping others to learn about and appreciate this wonderful creature is at the top of the list…

Florida Manatee & Red Tide

Several people have been asking how the manatees are doing in southwest Florida with all the red tide, blue-green algae issues.  FWC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) keeps track of the deaths of manatees across the State.   At the time I am posting this (12/14/18) the last update from FWC was for January 1…

Swallow-Tailed Kite

Southwest Florida relishes in the migration of Swallow-tailed kites from South America.  They come to this area to breed around February-March and by the end of summer (August-September) head back.  They are a bird of prey with a forked tail that is easy to distinguish.  They appear to be suspended motionless in the air and…

Sunsets in Southwest Florida

Sunsets in southwest Florida are fantastic and something to behold…. on the River Queen, we enjoy the leisurely ride along the Caloosahatchee, admiring nature, enjoying a story or two.  Recently, a nice group of folks joined us for a Saturday evening trip, they brought their own beverages on board and we surprised them with a…

Manatee Education

The Captain and I delight in sharing the knowledge we have obtained over the years about the Manatee, southwest Florida, the Caloosahatchee and Orange Rivers.  What makes us unique as a tour boat business is the importance we place on providing an education to our guests, and of course, seeing a manatee as they migrate…

Manatee Tours

As the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools to below 70 degrees, the manatees start to move into warmer waters.  It is still early in the season, however, we are seeing manatees!!  And they are so sweet.  Little noses come up to the surface, nostrils open and they take a deep breath and…