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Experience the historic Caloosahatchee with Oxbow & Riverlore Cruises

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Join the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (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. Passengers will 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, you will 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 Natural Resources Policy Director. The vessel is the stable and spacious 43-passenger Manatee Rover pontoon boat. All seats have a great view for photographs and wildlife viewing.

Cruises depart at 1 pm and return by 3:30 pm from the south side W.P. Franklin Lock & Dam off SR 80 in Olga. Cruise dates are:
• Sunday, February 23
• Sunday, March 9
• Sunday, April 13
• Sunday, May 11 (Mothers Day)

Advance reservations & ticket purchase required $ 40.00 per person
Space is limited. To reserve your spot call (239) 472-2329


Additional Contact Information

Rae Ann Wessel

Natural Resources Policy Director,, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

(239) 472-2329