Eco-Cruises

Eco-Cruises

These are the trips you’ve heard about and read about in The New York Times, The Record and the Star-Ledger. The ones you’ve always wanted to take, so…

Come join us for an incredible journey on the Hackensack River, through the marshes of the New Jersey Meadowlands, and more!

Eco-Cruises are fun, educational tours aboard Hackensack Riverkeeper’s specially rigged 30-foot pontoon boats, the r/v Robert H. Boyle II and the r/v Geraldine Theresa. Captain Bill Sheehan started Eco-Cruises in 1994 to increase awareness of the lower Hackensack River as a vital natural and recreational resource. Since then more than 50,000 people have traveled with us. Most Eco-Cruises include 2 ½ hours on the water and are fully narrated by either Capt. Bill or Program Director Capt. Hugh Carola – both of whom are US Coast Guard-licensed captains.

OPEN ECO-CRUISES:
Open Eco-Cruises are scheduled
in advance (see list below) and open to individuals, couples & families. Itineraries include Meadowlands Discovery, Boating Thru Bergen and Newark Bay Excursion. To reserve seats, call Capt. Hugh at 201-968-0808. Open trips are not available for group outings.

CHARTER ECO-CRUISES:
Got a big group? Charter Eco-Cruises can be arranged for any available date/time other than those listed below. Adult Charters
(12 persons max per boat) and Youth Charters (up to 15 persons max per boat) can booked for the itinerary of your choice. Call Hugh to book.

COMBINATION PROGRAMS:
Combination Environmental Education programs can be arranged for school, Scout and camp groups of up to 30 persons. “Combos” include a pair of 1.5-hour Eco- Cruises backed with age-appropriate landside activities over a 3-4 hour period. Call Capt. Hugh for more details.

PLEASE NOTE: Hackensack Riverkeeper does not sell tickets, charge fees or require monetary consideration as a “Condition of Carriage” for Eco-Cruise participation. If you choose to make a donation (and we hope you do) 100% of your donation supports Riverkeeper’s mission to protect, preserve and restore the Hackensack River – and is 100% tax-deductible. Call Capt. Hugh for further information.

Our Itineraries

 

MEADOWLANDS DISCOVERY (M) – This trip takes participants on an excursion through the lower tidal reaches of the Hackensack River and its wildlife-rich estuary, the Meadowlands. The shallow draft of our boats enables us to visit numerous wetlands including the Mill Creek Marsh, Kingsland Creek and the Berry’s Creek Canal; but the highlight of every Meadowlands Eco-Cruise is a trip through the Sawmill Creek Wildlife Management Area – the “Jewel of the Meadowlands”. The Sawmill WMA is home to a staggering amount of wildlife including shorebirds, waterfowl, herons, raptors, muskrats and terrapins.

BOATING THROUGH BERGEN (B) – Join us for a trip up the Hackensack River from the southern Meadowlands to heart of the city of Hackensack. Taking the route once traveled by the coastal schooners and steamers that carried cargo to and from Bergen County, we will pass the ruins of their former docks and landings and discuss the region’s all-but-forgotten maritime history. Before turning back, we will travel upriver to the Court Street Bridge and offer participants an opportunity to get an up-close view of the USS Ling – a World War II Balao-class submarine and centerpiece of the New Jersey Naval Museum.

EXCURSION AROUND THE BAY (E) – This trip will take you down the Hackensack River, the entire length of Newark Bay to Staten Island and back to explore this integral part of New York Harbor. Among other sights, we will pass Kearny Point, the former site of Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., where hundreds of warships, Liberty and Victory ships were built during the Second World War; and the busy port facilities of Ports Newark and Elizabeth with ocean-going cargo vessels being loaded and unloaded. On the way back upriver we explore the Bayonne bayshore, home to numerous parks and historic sites.

For more information, or to book an Eco-Cruise or Combo program, call Captain Hugh Carola at 201-968-0808. Upon reserving, directions and trip tips will be mailed (or e-mailed) to you.

PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of itinerary or type of Eco-Cruise, we endeavor to provide the best on-water experience possible while relating the natural and human history of the region.

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE OF ECO-CRUISE LOCATION Until Further  Notice
Due to dock and launch ramp replacement work at Laurel Hill County Park in Secaucus, NJ all Hackensack RIverkeeper Eco-Cruises and related programming will take place at River Barge Park, located at 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt, NJ 07072. Please take note of this change – which will be in effect until further notice. Please feel free to call our office at 201-968-0808 or email Program Director Hugh Carola for updates.

 

See you at the River!

2018 Eco-Cruise Schedule

MAY
Sat, May 5, 3 PMM
Sun, May 6, 3 PMM
Sat, May 12, 3 PMM
Sun, May 13, NoonM
Sun, May 13, 3 PMM
Sat, May 19, 3 PMB
Sat, May 26, 5 PME
Sun, May 27, 5 PME

JUNE
Sun, Jun 3, 5 PMM
Sat, Jun 9, 6 PMB
Sun, Jun 10, 6 PMB
Sat, Jun 16, 6 PMM
Sun, Jun 17, 6 PME
Wed, Jun 20, 6 PMM
Mon, Jun 25, 6 PMB
Wed, Jun 27, 6 PME
Fri, Jun 29, 6 PMM

JULY
Tue, Jul 3, 6 PME
Thu, Jul 5, 6 PMM
Mon, Jul 9, 6 PME
Wed, Jul 11, 6 PMB
Fri, Jul 13, 6 PMM
Tue, Jul 17, 6 PME
Thu, Jul 19, 6 PMM
Mon, Jul 23, 6 PMB
Sat, Jul 28, 10 AMM
Sun, Jul 29, 10 AMB

AUGUST
Wed, Aug 1, 6 PMM
Sat, Aug 4, 10 AMM
Sun, Aug 5, 10 AMM
Wed, Aug 8, 6 PMB
Sat, Aug 18, 5 PMM
Sun, Aug 19, 5 PME
Sat, Aug 25, 5 PME
Sun, Aug 26, 5 PMM

SEPTEMBER
Sat, Sep 1, 5 PMM
Sun, Sep 2, 5 PME
Sat, Sep 8, 5 PMB
Sun, Sep 9, 5 PMM
Sun, Sep 16, 3 PMB
Sat, Sep 22, 3 PME
Sun, Sep 23, 3 PMM
Sat, Sep 29, 3 PMM
Sun, Sep 30, NoonE

OCTOBER
Sat, Oct 6, NoonM
Sun, Oct 7, NoonM
Sat, Oct 13, NoonE
Sun, Oct 14, NoonB

Itineraries:

E Excursion Around (Newark) Bay

B Boating Through Bergen (Upriver)

M Meadowlands (wetlands) Discovery

 

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