True stern driven paddle boats. View the Choptank River area from Cabin Creek to Cambridge, Maryland.
Cruise on one of the most exciting attractions offered on Maryland's Eastern Shore...
The Choptank Riverboat Company's reproductions of authentic turn-of-the-century true stern paddle wheelers operate out of Suicide Bridge Marina. The boats offer fully enclosed lower deck with heating and air conditioning with covered upper deck with a great view - perfect for viewing the Historic Choptank River.
The Choptank Riverboat Company started in 1997 with the “Dorothy & Megan”, named for the owner’s, Dave Nickerson’s Mother (Dorothy) and Daughter (Megan). The afternoon lunch cruises, and weekend dinner cruises became very popular with locals and bus tour groups as well. In 2002 the “Choptank River Queen” was purchased and placed in service. The riverboats provide over 200 cruises each year.
Choptank Riverboat Company offers lunch cruises, Crab Feast cruises, sight-seeing cruises, dinner cruises and special theme cruises including monthly Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises. The food that is served is catered by Suicide Bridge Restaurant and features local seafood and Eastern Shore favorites. The cruises are centered on the scenic Choptank River, viewing farms, homes, waterfowl and more along the water way. Watching the local watermen work the river, the skipjack Nathen of Dorchester, (built in 1994), and waterfowl that make their homes along the river, provides for a pleasant sight-seeing cruise. Choptank Riverboats are available for Public and Private Cruises.
Jamaica Point, Warwick River, Green Point, Town of Secretary, Indian Purchase, Oyster Shell Point, Chancellors Point, Choptank River RT 50 bridges, and the City of Cambridge, & Cambridge Creek are all Historic Sites. The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina is situated on the Choptank River shore east of Cambridge, MD. Completed in 2002, the resort is the only one of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic United States. The reproduction of the Choptank River Light House at Long Wharf in historic Cambridge was erected in 2012, the Lighthouse now serves as an icon for Cambridge and is open for visitation between May 1 and October 31.
Both riverboats were built in Freeport, Florida by Freeport Shipbuilding. They are true stern wheelers which is the only propulsion they use. Our boats are approximately 80’ long overall, 24’ wide, have approximately 4’ draft, and are USCG inspected for 149 passengers with lifejackets located under the steps and pilot house. Instructions and emergency procedures are located on the port side of the bar on the main deck. They are powered by Cummins Diesels and use hydraulic driven paddles. Choptank Riverboats operate April through December.
Contact information 410-943-4689 or email@example.com