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SCCF to host Caloosahatchee Oxbow, Riverlore Cruises

By Staff | Sep 25, 2019

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Hosted by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, explore the scenic and historic Caloosahatchee on a guided Oxbow and Riverlore Cruise.

The trips provide an opportunity to gain a perspective on the river, its history, folklore, issues and solutions, as participants explore the ancient upriver meanders. Follow the river back to a time when a waterfall served as the Caloosahatchee’s headwaters and settlers braved living in the wilderness.

The 2.5-hour adventure begins by locking through the W.P. Franklin Lock in Olga. Heading east toward Alva, participants 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, which call the river home, and the challenges the river faces.

The tours are guided by SCCF Natural Resource Policy Director Rae Ann Wessel, a river researcher, long-time river advocate and historian.

The boat is a 41-passenger pontoon. All seats have a great view for photos and wildlife viewing.

Friday cruises depart at 1 p.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. They include:

– Nov. 29

– Feb. 7

– March 6

– April 3

Saturday cruises depart at 9 a.m. and return by 11:30 a.m. They include:

– Jan. 25

– Feb. 15

– March 21

– May 9

For more information and to register, visit www.sccf.org.