River Discovery Boat Tours

We are thankful for all your patience and support in bringing this historic vessel to the Lower Susquehanna to serve as our tour boat for years to come! SNHA thanks everyone who joined us for our first season of River Discovery Tours aboard the historic Chief Uncas.

The Chief Uncas will welcome you aboard for Susquehanna National Heritage Area’s River Discovery Boat Tours in 2023.








  Explore the Susquehanna aboard the Chief Uncas!

Built in 1912 for beer tycoon Adolphus Busch, this electric-powered launch cruised Otsego Lake, the headwaters of the Susquehanna, for over a century. Today she cruises the Susquehanna 400 miles downstream as the flagship for SNHA’s River Discovery Tours!

Let SNHA staff guide you on a tour of the Susquehanna, sharing its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Experience the joy of being on the water, hear stories of the river, and view scenic landscapes and abundant wildlife aboard this elegant treasure from the past!

Tours depart from the Zimmerman Center Memorial Day through mid-October. Advance reservations are recommended. Check back frequently for boat tour updates.

Booking for large group tours begin February 1. For more information on booking your 2023 charter aboard the Chief Uncas contact Visitor Services and Boat Tour Supervisor, Abby Teaford at ateaford@susqnha.org.

Boat Tour Gift Certificates

Give the gift of a boat tour this Valentines day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day, when you buy 2 Sunset Cruise gift certificates you also receive a complementary red and white rose to share with the one you love. Red and white roses symbolize the cities of Lancaster and York – and the beauty of the Susquehanna National Heritage Area. Pick up your roses during the Zimmerman Center’s open hours Sunday February 12 thru Valentine’s Day, February 14.

Each gift certificate can be redeemed for one ticket on a Sunset Cruise during SNHA’s 2023 River Discovery Tour season.

Plan your romantic cruise this summer to watch the Sun set over the Susquehanna together aboard our elegant 110-year-old launch. Roam the historic Chief Uncas under the setting Sun on a 1.5 hour cruise limited to 12 passengers for a private intimate experience on the Susquehanna you and your loved one will never forget.

Click here to Purchase Your Boat Tour Gift Certificates!

River Discovery Tour & Sunset Cruise gift certificates make the perfect gift for the ones you love. Each gift certificate can be redeemed for 1 ticket on a River Discovery boat tour or Sunset Cruise during SNHA’s 2023 boat tour season. Buy gift certificates for your family and friends to come aboard our 110 year old vessel for a boat tour experience they will never forget!

Purchase a River Discovery Tour Adult or Youth gift certificate to be redeemed on a 1 – hour guided tour aboard the Chief Uncas in 2023! Adult gift certificates are $20 and Youth (age 5 – 17) gift certificates are $10. Click here  to learn more about River Discovery Tour Gift Certificates and how to redeem them for SNHA’s 2023 season.

Purchase a Sunset Cruise gift certificate for $50 and give the gift of a personalized evening experience. Learn more about Sunset Cruise Gift Certificates and how to redeem them on a boat tour for SNHA’s 2023 season here!

At checkout choose how you would like to receive your gift certificates and information on how to redeem them for a boat tour. Gift certificates and tour information can be sent digitally to your email. Physical copies can be picked up at the Zimmerman Center or mailed directly to a street address. Please give SNHA staff up to 48 hours to email a digital copy of your gift certificate or mail you a physical copy to share with your family and friends.

Each gift certificate helps the Chief Uncas cruise the waters of the Susquehanna for years to come!

Sunset Cruise

Watch the Sunset over the Susquehanna!

Limited to 12 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. Sunset Cruises are B.Y.O.B with a ticket cost $50. In addition to the tour, all passengers receive their choice of a complimentary buffalo check SNHA picnic blanket or a PREMIUM 14oz cocktail glass, etched with an image of the Chief Uncas!

River Discovery Tour

Susquehanna National Heritage Area staff guide 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! Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 5 to 17). Children under 5 years old are free.


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 will begin a new chapter in its life 400 miles downriver as Susquehanna National Heritage Area’s flagship tour boat! You can learn more about the Chief Uncas here.