National Eagle Center River Cruises

What’s better than seeing an eagle up close? Experiencing it in its natural habitat on the beautiful mighty Mississippi River!

Our On The River cruises provide you with a unique floating classroom experience and the opportunity to view Bald Eagles and other native wildlife that call the Upper Mississippi River Valley home. These seasonal cruises are guided by our expert naturalists and give you plenty of opportunities to learn about eagle biology and behavior and the wide variety of birds, fish, and wildlife that you will observe and encounter.

Reserve your spot on board and experience Bald Eagle territory like never before!

Available seasonally May through October.

Field Trip

What to expect

  • Cruises are experienced aboard the Cal Fremling tour boat
  • Cruises begin at 2:00 pm at a pre-determined meeting location in Winona*
  • Receive classroom-style program as you travel
  • Cruises conclude around 4:00 pm
  • Attendees are sent meeting instructions via email prior to the day of the cruise.
  • Participants should dress for the weather and bring their own binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras if desired
  • Wheelchair accessible

*Cruises scheduled for June 22 & 23 are currently planned to board in Wabasha

Please note: While there are no age restrictions, we do not recommend these experiences for young children who may not handle sitting on a boat for long periods of time.

What to Expect


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2024 Cruise Schedule

Is your desired date sold out? Get on the waiting list and we’ll contact you if seats become available.

Cancelation / Refund Policy

We always keep a close eye on the weather and conditions concerning our field trips, cruise, and experiences. Cancellations are rare. In the event that the National Eagle Center is forced to cancel an experience, all registrants will receive a full refund.

For experiences that are not canceled, registrants must request a refund by 4 p.m. three days prior to the event to receive a full refund.
(Example: for a Saturday River Cruise, a refund request must be received by 4 p.m. the Wednesday before the trip.)

Swan & Waterfowl

Interested in a guided field trip?

Learn about our Habitat Tours HERE.