It’s hard to deny the beauty of the Fox River from any point along the shore whether you’re biking the trail, fishing on Boy Scout Island or looking out from the historic tower at Pottawatomie Park. But nothing can quite compare to experiencing the Fox River during a paddlewheel riverboat cruise on the waterway itself.

This summer, step aboard the Fox River Queen or St. Charles Belle II to experience for yourself the history, the natural beauty and the local pride via a paddlewheel riverboat in your own community.

The riverboat cruises have been a main attraction in St. Charles since the 1940s, when the late Chet Anderson bought his first boat and began chartering cruises from Pottawatomie Park. And this tradition continues under the new ownership of the St. Charles Park District.

“We know the memories and traditionof the riverboat cruises go back many generations,” said Tera Harvey, Manager of Cruise Operations. “We are honored to carry on that experience for so many, but

also provide a fresh perspective through multiple new offerings.”

Public cruises, special events and private charters are available this summer, attracting all ages and interests.

“Whether you’ve never been a passenger or have been coming for years, we hope the new cruises enhance your St. Charles experience,” said Jen Bruggeman, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation. “We encourage everyone to climb aboard and fall in love with the Fox River Valley.”

This couldn’t be easier with the line-up of regularly scheduled cruises throughout the week as well as themed cruises offered at special times throughout the summer.

Fifty-minute, regularly scheduled public cruises are available June through August – prefect for last-minute planners. This cruise travels from Pottawatomie Park, north to the Q Center and back again. Along the way, patrons learn about the landmarks and unique history as well as flora and fauna native to the area.

Additionally, the Park District hosts special public cruises of various themes for relaxation, exploration or education, and of course fun – all drawing on the knowledge and resources within the Park District staff.