River Run Tours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
We are looking forward to taking you on a River Run Tour in 2022. Our three-hull expedition boat, the River Runner, is super-stable, has a privacy head (bathroom), living room comfort, and walk on accessibility with wheelchair capabilities. Our rates are $140/hr Under-Way, $100/hr Stand-By/Empty Boat Remote Pick-Up and Drop-off. Our service area is East Boothbay to Seguin Lighthouse to include the Sheepscot, Sasanoa and Kennebec Rivers, the Maine Coastline, and all interconnecting waterways. We offer a 3-hour Kennebec Maritime History Cruise where you can re-live the rich history of our area and receive a 22 Page illustrated history guide PDF!
Bath, Maine

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2022

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Dennis C
1 contribution
May 2022
The best way to experience Maine's coastline is from a boat, and Captain Gary's River Run Tours delivers a shipshape vessel that's comfortable, clean and safe. We relished our relaxed three-hour tour, which Captain Gary tailored to highlight sightings of seals, cormorants, eiders and other wildlife while navigating some of the most scenic waterways from Bath to Boothbay. We enjoyed a picnic style lunch that we brought on board, and we stretched our legs on Burnt Island where we happily snapped photos of the Lighthouse and ocean views. Captain Gary's unobtrusive yet informative narration demonstrated his knowledge of the area from historical references to the hot dining spots in Bath, Robinhood Cove, Boothbay and beyond. A River Run Tour launches a uniquely personalized experience for a great value that will leave you with a deep appreciation of the natural setting and beauty of Maine.
Written May 25, 2022
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Thank you for the review and glad to hear you had wonderful experience.
Written May 28, 2022
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tntmace
Columbus, OH39 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Captain Gary gave a very knowledgeable and historic tour of the Kennebec River and the city of Bath, Maine.
First Mate Lori and 2nd Mate River were fun and made the evening cruise complete! The boat has 3 pontoons which gives an extraordinarily smooth ride. We saw many seals, bald eagles and sea birds as well as a spectacular sunset! Captain Gary shared his historic and fascinating knowledge of the rivers Lighthouses, and we thoroughly enjoyed this 1.5 hour sunset tour! We would totally do another wonderful tour with him!
Written July 10, 2021
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It was a pleasure having you on a River Run Tour and looking forward to seeing you again.
Written July 11, 2021
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Holymac
23 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
We had an absolutely fantastic time with Captain Gary and First Mate Tom on the River Run Tours. It started two months ago when I made my reservation. I called and talked to Captain Gary and he helped me figure out which tour would be the best for us, and he wasn't wrong! We took the Boothbay the Back Way and it was amazing! We couldn't have ordered more perfect weather and Gary was a great narrator of history of the area, and the boat ride itself couldn't have been smoother, even when we ran into a few swells. There is no better way to spend a day than on a tour with Captain Gary and his crew! When we make it back to Maine someday we will definitely book another tour with River Run Tours and Captain Gary!
Written June 13, 2022
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We very much enjoyed having you as our guests. Is was our pleasure to share the rich history and spectacular scenery of Midcoast Maine. Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you again.
Written June 16, 2022
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Heidi A
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
Captain Gary promptly contacted us by phone after we reserved a trip and time on the River Run Tours website. He explained in detail where we’d go and what we’d likely see and asked the appropriate questions to be sure we had chosen the right trip. When we explained that a member of our party had special needs due to limited mobility, Captain Gary suggested an alternate boarding location to better accommodate our limitations. On the day of our tour, we easily boarded and were given a thorough safety briefing before we left the dock. Once underway, Captain Gary kept the members of our party, from age 16 to 81, thoroughly engaged sharing his knowledge about local history as he pointed out sites and wildlife. The boat was spotless, comfortable, and safe. When we saw a large, overcrowded tour boat motor by, we were happy we had chosen River Run Tours. You will be too.
Written August 10, 2021
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Thank you for your review and glad we could accommodate your requests.
Written August 12, 2021
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geoffrey100
Boston, MA165 contributions
Jul 2022
We did the sunset lighthouse cruise and it was spectacular. Captain Gary was extremely informative (but also offered to say nothing if we just wanted to take in the view) and got us back slightly early, on time, as we had to deal with Bath restaurants closing at 830 on Sundays. The view along the river is amazing, including the nesting birds and seals, and the whole experience is unique. The following morning we received an email with a video about, and very nice pictures from, our trip. So highly recommended, and affordable too.
Written August 1, 2022
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Thank for the review and hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation. Kind regards, The River Run Tours Crew
Written August 1, 2022
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Iris E
New York City, NY43 contributions
Aug 2020
We had a fun private river tour on our last day in Maine. Capt. Gary was so knowledgable about the history, nature and the culture of Maine. His boat is clean and comfortable. He is also super safety conscious so we felt at ease the whole time. I highly recommend booking this private tour if you are looking for a way to see Maine from another, beautiful vantage point. Props for keeping us mostly dry through the choppy wakes of the big boats. Thanks Gary!!
Written August 17, 2020
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You are most welcome. Those big boats are pretty to look at but sure can cause some big wakes.
Written August 18, 2020
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Susan B
5 contributions
Aug 2022
My niece and I enjoyed a private cruise from the city of Bath, Maine down the Sasanoa River towards Boothbay Harbor, where we had a picnic lunch on Burnt Island, where there is a handsome lighthouse. The seating in the boat is as comfortable as sitting on your living room sofa, the route beautiful and rich in history and wildlife. Captain Gary was a great narrator, very knowledgeable about the area, and also provided pictures of our trip. We saw vessels from a replica of the 1607 Virginia, Maine's First Ship, to naval destroyers under construction, lots of vintage sailing vessels, kayaks, etc. Even the wreck of a five-masted schooner built in 1901 Wildlife included ospreys, bald eagles, and harbor seals. Lots of picnic tables on Burnt Island with views of Boothbay Harbor and the lighthouse. A very relaxing way to spend a few hours. I live in the area and enjoy treating my summer guests to this adventure, and they are always delighted. Quintessential Maine.
Written August 23, 2022
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, Burnt Island is my favorite tour. The wildlife, the views, the lighthouse and scenery. It checks all the boxes- Thank you for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor, we're glad you enjoyed yourself. The River Run Crew
Written August 23, 2022
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Nancy
Newcastle, ME1 contribution
Oct 2020
Privileged to be a passenger on the inaugural Sinatra Sunset Cruise to Merrymeeting Bay. Capt Gary thought of everything: warm blankets, beverages, interesting commentary about the 5 rivers that empty into the Bay....but the best was the music. With an instrumental playlist for accompaniment, he sang Sinatra at its best. He has a wonderful voice, indulged us in the old favorites, wore a fedora hat like Sinatra, and created a fine backdrop as the sunset took place. A memorable event, and I can’t wait to go again next season.
Written November 10, 2020
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"Start Spreading the News" We have made the SINATRA SUNSET CRUISE part of our tour offerings for 2021.
Written June 18, 2021
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Haley G
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Captain Gary was an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish. He was extremely responsive in the weeks leading up to the event and took time to answer my many questions. Our group had 9 people and Captain Gary went out of his way to find a second boat/captain so we would be able to accommodate our entire group. If you're in a similar situation, ask for Chris as your second captain! Captain Gary went above and beyond in both the planning process and the day-of event. Our family's day on the Sheepscot with Captains Gary and Chris was a beautiful celebration that we will hold in our hearts forever. As a special treat, be sure to ask Captain Gary for his Frank Sinatra impersonation - you won't be sorry!
Written August 29, 2021
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Thank you for your review. It was a very memorable and special occasion that Captain Chris and I were able to assist in. We were truly honored to be of service to a most meaningful day to your family.
Written August 29, 2021
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CuriosityClub
7 contributions
Sep 2021
We took a three-hour tour with Captain Gary, and it was the highlight of our trip to Maine!

We saw whirlpools, bald eagles, cormorants, loons, lighthouses, and soooo much more. Captain Gary took us to Burnt Isle Light east of the Southport peninsula, and with a view north to Boothbay Harbor. We had the huge luck and pleasure of both meeting the light's current "keeper," Elaine Jones, and having a chance to not only tour the renovated (to period accuracy) keeper's quarters, but also to climb the stairs to the top of the light, and look out on a red-tinted world.

Captain Gary gave us just the right amount of information about everything we were seeing along the way, and had lots of great recommendations for other places to visit during our stay.

The boat was incredibly easy to get in and out of—you just walk through a door, and the dock and boat were on the same level. No up or down to worry about. The seats were comfortable, Captain Gary had water available (and you can bring your own snacks), and the ride was smooth.

We highly recommend a trip with River Run Tours!
Written October 18, 2021
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Thank you for your review and we are glad to hear you had such a great time.
Written October 21, 2021
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