Caloosahatchee Oxbow and Riverlore Cruises Underway


Join SCCF on an Oxbow and Riverlore Cruise to experience the historic Caloosahatchee. These guided trips provide a relaxing opportunity to gain a personal perspective on the river, its history, folklore, issues and solutions, as we explore the meanders of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee. We follow the river back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness.

The 2.5 hour adventure begins by locking through the W.P. Franklin Lock in Olga. Heading east toward Alva, we enter the historic bends of the river and revisit the activities of the pioneers who traveled the same river to find paradise. Stories of the settlements and their adventures are blended with an understanding of the river’s oxbows, the wild creatures that call it home and the challenges the river faces.

Tours are guided by Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate, historian and SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Natural Resource Policy Director. The boat is a stable and spacious 41 passenger pontoon boat. All seats have a great view for photographs and wildlife viewing.

Cruise Dates:

Sunday, February 12, 2017 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2017 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Sunday, March 12, 2017 1:00 to 3:30 PM (daylight savings start )
Sunday, April 9, 2017 1:00 to 3:30 PM
Sunday, May 14, 2017 1:00 to 3:30 PM

Location: Address: 1660 South Franklin Lock Road, Alva, FL.

Directions: SR 80/Palm Beach Blvd. east past I75 (exit 141) 6 miles to light at Old Olga Rd.
At light turn north/left onto Old Olga Road. Follow road around east 2.2 mi.
WP Franklin Recreation Area is on the left.
A map with directions will be sent to each e-mail address  by Inge Santos or Wendy Kindig a week prior to the trip.

Boat Information: The boat is a very stable 41 passenger pontoon boat with canopy shade over the majority of the seats. There is a bathroom on the boat. We are not able to take electric wheelchairs, but you can get on with standard wheelchair down a steep ramp with a small step at low tide. No dogs are allowed except service dogs that have on their official vest & may be restricted if boat limit is exceeded as determined by the boat captain.

What to Bring: Sunglasses, camera, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, water, snack and a
sense of adventure! Arrive 15 minutes before departure.

Reservations: Required and Pre Paid at $45 per person. Please call SCCF.
Coast Guard requires each passenger’s name – No Mr/Mrs

Questions: Call SCCF at 239-472-2329