River Discovery Tours
River Discovery Tours
Explore the Susquehanna aboard the Chief Uncas!
SNHA’s 2023 River Discovery Tour season has come to an end. We want to thank every passenger who came aboard the Chief Uncas this season. Your support in coming aboard the Chief Uncas is what makes it possible to care and maintain our historic vessel for years to come!
We look forward to welcoming you aboard in 2024!
Memorial Day through Mid-October, tours depart from the Zimmerman Center located at 1706 Long Level Road Wrightsville, PA 17368.
Boat Tour Gift Certificates
River Discovery Tour & Sunset Cruise gift certificates make the perfect gift for the ones you love. Start your summer plans for your family and friends to come aboard our 110 year old vessel for a boat tour experience they will never forget!
Each gift certificate can be redeemed for 1 ticket on a River Discovery boat tour or Sunset Cruise during SNHA’s 2024 boat tour season. With your gift certificate purchase you will have the opportunity to schedule their boat tour experience before tickets are released to the public.
Boarding the Chief Uncas
Currently, to board the Chief Uncas passengers must navigate a staircase of 3 metal grated stairs with handrail to reach the height of the boat’s entrance. Then passengers must navigate the 3 step ladder into the boat with assistance of handrails. A crew member is outside the boat and explains how to board and is there to assist you and the captain is inside the boat doing the same. While our property is fully ADA accessible, our historic vessel is not, but we are working to increase accessibility in the future.
River Discovery Tour
SNHA staff guide 24 passengers on a 1 hour tour of the river, sharing the history of the Chief Uncas, stories of Lake Clarke’s special landscape, and the Susquehanna River’s lasting legacy! You will experience the joy of being on the water aboard a historic vessel, hear stories of the river, and view beautiful scenery and wildlife. A great experience for all ages! This season tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for youth (ages 5 to 17). Children under 5 years old are free.
Watch the Sunset over the Susquehanna!
Limited to 14 passengers, these 1.5 hour cruises offer you the chance to roam the historic Chief Uncas as it silently cruises the Susquehanna under the setting sun.
Use its original ice box to store your cold drinks and watch its vintage lights glow as evening begins aboard our elegant 110-year-old launch. Bring aboard food and B.Y.O.B. alcoholic beverages and enjoy a relaxing evening cruise under the setting sun.
Tickets cost $50 per person. In addition to the cruise, all passengers receive a complimentary 14oz cocktail glass, deeply etched with an image of the Chief Uncas!
Private Chief Uncas Experience
Request information about a Private Cruise. For more information on booking your private experience aboard the Chief Uncas please review and complete our request form so we can find the best experience for your interest and budget.
About the Chief Uncas
The Chief Uncas was built for Adolphus Busch, co-founder of the famous American beer company, to enjoy cruises at his summer estate on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY – the very headwaters of the Susquehanna River. After cruising those headwaters for 109 years, the Chief Uncas begins a new chapter in its life 400 miles downriver as Susquehanna National Heritage Area’s flagship tour boat! You can learn more about the history of the Chief Uncas here.
Support the Chief Uncas
Donations are essential to help SNHA provide boat tour experiences aboard the Chief Uncas for years to come. It is your continued interest and support that will make the Chief Uncas cruise the Susquehanna for another century! Your tax deductible donation to the Chief Uncas goes toward the maintenance, storage, and boat tour operations of our historic vessel.