The COVID-19 Pandemic may impact schedules, operating protocols, and the Ride & Save program. Please check Facebook.com/QCChannelCat for the most recent COVID-19 safety alerts.
We’re happy to announce that we’ll be starting Channel Cat service on May 29! To ensure the safety of all our passengers and crew, we’ve implemented the following changes:
The boats will only run at approximately half capacity with the goal of making sure families can ride together safely.
The captain and crew will be wearing face coverings. We encourage all riders to do the same.
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.
Home of the TaxSlayer 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.