Cruise the Historic Caloosahatchee – 20 Years of Oxbow Tours

devils elbow300dpiTour the historic upriver Caloosahatchee on a two and a half hour Caloosahatchee Oxbow & Riverlore Cruise, departing from the W.P. Franklin Lock at 1 p.m.  Explore the meanders of the Caloosahatchee back to a time when a waterfall served as the headwaters of the Caloosahatchee and settlers braved living amongst the wilderness.

Celebrating our 20th year, cruises will be available the following dates:

  • Feb. 14 (Sunday)
  • Feb. 28 (Sunday)
  • March 13 (Sunday)
  • April 10 (Sunday)
  • May 8 (Sunday)

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.

Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate, historian and SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Natural Resource Policy Director, guides the tour.  Our vessel is the stable and spacious 41-passenger River Queen pontoon boat that features daily Manatee tours.   All seats have a great view for photographs and bird watching.

WaterQualityTimeless-noCaloosInset-PressCruise departs 1 at p.m. for each trip from the W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga.  Private group cruises can be scheduled by appointment.

Advance reservations required and payment is due at time of reservation.  Cruises depart at 1 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45 per person. Please note that reservations must be made by noon Friday, May 8  for the May 10 cruise.   Please call SCCF at 239-472-2329.  Space is limited.  We look forward to taking you back in time!