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 you explore the meanders of the historic upriver Caloosahatchee. 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, Florida. Heading east toward Alva, the cruise enters the historic bends of the river and revisits 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. All seats have a great view for photographs and wildlife viewing.
The Friday cruise schedule (1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) includes November 29, February 7, March 6 and April 3. Saturday cruises (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) include January 25, February 15, March 21 and May 9. Plan to arrive 15 minutes before departure.
The boat is a stable and spacious 41-passenger pontoon. All seats provide an opportunity for photographs and wildlife viewing. Bring sunglasses, camera, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, water, snack and a sense of adventure!
Cruises depart from the south side of the river at the WP Franklin Lock and Dam, located off SR 80 in Olga. For more information and to register, call 239-472-2329 or visit www.sccf.org.