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 through Labor Day, with additional weekend service through October (weather permitting).
Passenger Alert (5/26/17) - Due to high river levels, the Channel Cat is temporarily unable to serve the John Deere Commons landing. During this time we will run a complete round trip as indicated on the map, but only stop at the three open landing locations.
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.
Home of the iWireless Center, Radisson Hotel, John Deere Pavilion, Centre Station, and TGI Friday's restaurant, with an outdoor deck and picturesque riverfront view.
The Channel Cat Water Taxi has been recognized and showcased by National Geographic and the Mississippi River Geotourism Stewardship Council as one of the best destinations for travelers seeking an authentic experience of the region. Learn more about Nat Geo’s Mississippi River program here.