What a spectacular day! The Queen is back in service.


July 11, 2016

The River Queen is back in service. However, we currently do not have a public cruise schedule in place just yet. The River Queen is available for rent by individual groups and companies. Email for more information on booking the Queen or like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest.


If you have been thinking about sending in a tax deductible donation now is the time this would be most helpful, we are about    $30,000 short of our fund raising goal.

Checks should be made out to:  

Historic Elkhart River Queen, Inc
722 Middleton Run Road, Elkhart, IN 46516


Community Foundation of Elkhart County
101 South Main Street Elkhart, IN 46516
Just note River Queen on the memo line.

Please include your email address so we can send you a receipt for your taxes. Below is a link for the donation form that you can mail back with your check.

Check back here for updates or like us on Facebook for frequent updates.

To make all of this a reality, the Community Foundation - Historic Elkhart River Queen project is seeking a goal of $100,000. The Foundation has applied for a historical listing on the National Register. In addition, the Historic River Queen Committee is a 501c3 organization. This will allow contributions to be tax deductible. Any funds remaining after the acquisition and repair will be placed into a permanent endowment to help maintain the River Queen.

** Donation Form **

June 21, 2016 WSBT - Ahoy! The Elkhart River Queen is back in the water

June 21, 2016 WNDU - River royalty returns to the waters of the St. Joe

June 21, 2016 Fox 28 - Elkhart River Queen takes her first dip in the St. Joe after about 3 years

May 19, 2016 - Click here to watch an update on the Queen's Progress!

December 2015 -  Queen Lifted from St. Joseph River to be repaired

Thanks again for your support and good wishes!

I have a few people and firms I would to thank who without their help we would not have been able to complete this project.

The first Person is the chairman of the Historic River Queen Committee Mr. Marly Rydson.  Every time I would call and say “Marly I’m out of money again” Marly would pick up his magic rolodex and yes he still does use a rolodex and make a few phone calls and my construction account would be full again.

By the way the Historic River Queen, Inc is a 501c3 organization so every dollar donated is tax deductible.

I’d like to thank rest of Marly’s Committee Bob Deputy, Jeff Wells, Diana Lawson, Bill Marohn, Dottie Arnold and John Letherman. These folks serve on the Board as well as contributed to the project.

I’d like to thank a few very special donors:

The Welter Foundation

Flexco Products

The Bill Deputy Foundation

Mrs. Peggy Weed

The Corson Family Foundation

This has truly been a Community involved event, every time I would approach a company with a request for an in-kind donation it took them all of two seconds to say yes.  Not one company said no.

I’d like to acknowledge these companies; if you are in need of one of their services, please consider them.

Yoder Oil Corporation

Clear Vision Windows

Shreiner & Sons Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

Wyland’s Marine

Morris Auto Service

Superior Space

A-1 Signs and Graphics

Alpha Graphics

Central Rent-A-Crane

T & A Rigging

Sport’s Time Family Pub and Grill

Fawn Atkinson State Farm Insurance

I’d like to acknowledge individuals that have given their time to help make this project a success.

Mr. Ed Smoker

Former Mayor Dick Moore

Tom Atkinson

Stacey Corpe

Jeff Corpe

Andy Jones

Bea Jones

Cairre Fuller

Yvonne Christian

To the hundreds of contributors, without your support we would not be here today.

I’d like to thank the Elkhart Police Department for assisting us in getting the large crane down Bowers Court and the traveling public that were delayed on their way to work. Thanks also to Eric and Amber Mahaffey Harris who allowed the media and the spectators to gather on their lawn.

I interviewed several people to be the general contractor for this project, the last fellow I spoke with showed me the passion and love he has had for the River Queen for many years and that is why I selected Dave Dickman. Dave took the project by the horns and completed it on time and on budget.  I knew we would run into things we hadn’t planned on but Dave didn’t even blink.  The first month Dave and I spoke weekly, month two it was daily and the last two weeks it’s been several times a day.   Now when he sees it me calling he just answers and says “what”. I have truly enjoyed working with Dave.


Historic Elkhart River Queen Committee 

Marly Rydson, Chairman - Dottie Arnold - Bob Deputy - Diana Lawson - Bill Marohn - Tom Shoff  



(Captain John Cleveland & First Officer Tom Shoff)

Greg Stone, owner of Hart City Scuba,  assists the rigging company to prepare the Queen for removal from the river so repairs can begin.