THE CHANNEL CAT IS CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SEASON. WE WILL REOPEN MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, 2022.
We’re happy to announce that we’ll be starting Channel Cat service on May 28, 2021!
In accordance with the revised CDC guidance issued on 6/10, and the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued on 6/11, masks will no longer be required while riding the Channel Cat. While not required, masks will still be available on board for those who wish to wear one. Stay safe QC!
Handstamps will not be issued this year for reentry. Instead, present your paper or mobile ticket to re-board.
Experience the power and mystique of the river as it flows east to west for one of only a few times over its length. Get a taste of the area once known as the Rock Island Rapids – considered the most dangerous section of the upper Mississippi.
The Channel Cat Water Taxi provides three (3) open-air passenger ferryboats on the Mississippi River. Service is generally provided from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, with additional weekend service through October (weather permitting).
Located near the WIU-QC Campus and the Mills, the Riverbend Commons is the new home port for the Channel Cat. If you're looking for a quiet, inexpensive way to see the Mississippi, hop on the adjacent Great River Trail, which spans 60 miles along the Illinois riverfront.