Cruise the Mississippi aboard the Blue Heron, a 26-passenger pontoon boat that gives cruisers an up-close and personal look at the Mississippi River. It’s a fun way for people to talk, laugh and celebrate nature together. A naturalist will conduct tours through backwaters, sloughs and the main channel. Fish, wildlife & bird habitat, hunting, fishing, recreational boating, gravel pits, barge traffic, endangered species and water quality are all part of the ecological puzzle of the river.
Clinton County Conservation offers public Sunset Cruises Thursday evenings out of Rock Creek Marina & Campground at 7:00 PM, May to October (times will be earlier in the fall). They also offer several specialty cruises throughout the summer.
Public cruises are free of charge, but space is limited and reservations are required.
Please call 563-259-1876 to make your reservation.
Additional Special Cruises Scheduled Aboard the Blue Heron:
Build Better Birders Class & Eco-Cruises – Jul 18 – Jul 28 – Aug 1 – Want to sharpen your bird identification skills, check off a few more species and enjoy a relaxing trip on Clinton County’s Mississippi backwaters. Cruises embark at 6:30 AM Sharp. Call 563-259-1876 to sign up!
Good Morning Eco Cruises – Jul 7 – Jul 21 – Aug 3 – Aug 18 – Clinton County’s Blue Heron pontoon boat will disembark from Rock Creek Marina’s docks at 9:00 AM to cruise the Mississippi River with a naturalist guide. This is a free public event and will fill soon, so Call 563-259-1876 to reserve a seat today.
Moonlight & Music Cruise – Jul 26 – Aug 23 – Along with our regular Thursday night public cruises we will be offering a Moonlight & Music Cruise free of charge. Local talents will entertain as we drift along through the quiet moonlit waters. Call 563-259-1876 to reserve your seat.
Find more info about the Blue Heron and Rock Creek Marina & Campground, canoe & kayak rentals, or launching your own craft to paddle the backwaters at