Willamette Queen Reliving the Sternwheeler Experience

All aboard the Willamette Queen at Salem Riverfront Park in downtown Salem!
Enjoy a riverboat experience reminiscent of the days when travel on the Willamette River was only by steam-powered sternwheeler boats.

Willamette Queen Reliving the Sternwheeler Experience


All aboard the Willamette Queen at Salem Riverfront Park in downtown Salem!
Enjoy a riverboat experience reminiscent of the days when travel on the Willamette River was only by steam-powered sternwheeler boats.

Charter Excellence Relive the history of the original Sternwheeler

Re-Live

Step back in time and enjoy the unchanged natural beauty of the Willamette River

Elegant Dining

Meals reflect local and seasonally-based cuisine. Dietary needs can be accommodated with reservations in advance.

Leisurely Voyage

Glide along the Willamette River while enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Matt C. —  5 Stars

Matt C. — 5 Stars

We just had our wedding there a couple nights ago and it couldn’t have gone any better.
Barbara, Richard, Sean, and the whole boat crew were helpful and supportive
the entire way throughout our wedding process. Barbara worked with us
with a smile the whole time, and was always open towards our ideas or concerns.
In the end, we had an incredible wedding and a day
neither I nor the bride will ever forget.

We can’t give enough praise towards the Willamette Queen.
Plus, the food was amazing!

Charter Excellence Reliving the history of the original Charter Sternwheeler

Re-Live

Step back in time and enjoy the unchanged natural beauty of the Willamette River

Elegant Dining

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Leisurely Voyage

Dynamically impact premium synergy without extensible meta-services. Dynamically formulate collaborative portals whereas extensible users. 

Matt C. — 5 Stars

Matt C. — 5 Stars

We just had our wedding there a couple nights ago and it couldn’t have gone any better.
Barbara, Richard, Sean, and the whole boat crew were helpful and supportive
the entire way throughout our wedding process. Barbara worked with us
with a smile the whole time, and was always open towards our ideas or concerns.
In the end, we had an incredible wedding and a day
neither I nor the bride will ever forget.

We can’t give enough praise towards the Willamette Queen.
Plus, the food was amazing!

“Step back in time and enjoy the unchanged natural beauty of the Willamette River aboard our authentic Sternwheeler”


Life returns to the Willamette River where once sternwheelers were the main mode of transportation. Sternwheeler Excursions Inc. will operate the 87 foot, 86 ton, twin paddle-wheeler year-round from Riverfront Park in downtown Salem.The “Willamette Queen” was designed as a scaled down likeness of the former Mississippi and Yukon Territory Riverboats with paddles that really do propel her. Built in Newport, Oregon, in 1990, she has a Coast Guard approved capacity of 90. She features a full service bar and a solid oak dance floor which is located on the upper deck in the main dining room. Charter all or part of the “Willamette Queen” for your special occasion!

A Message From the Captain

A Message From the Captain

My love for boats goes back many years. As a USCG 100 ton licensed Captain, for over 40 years, I accomplished a two year, 25,000 mile world cruise with my family aboard our 45′ yacht “Moon Mist.” I competed in the 6,000 mile 1978 Tall Ships Race and placed 4th, aboard my vessel “Lady Frei,” a 102′ square rigged brigantine schooner. Additionally, I managed a fleet of sailing and fishing charter vessels. My years of successful marketing experience coupled with my chartering and restaurant experience makes me uniquely suited to this type of business.

-Richard Chesbrough

What Our Guests Are Saying

  • Michelle T.
    I attended a wedding and the entire boat was decorated perfectly,
    the staff was friendly and helped coordinate a great day.
    This was an enjoyable float down the river.

  • Brandy T.
    My husband brought me here for my birthday and we had a great time!
    Fun surprise and good quality time in a unique environment!

  • Christy T.

    Easiest event I have ever hosted! They did all the work
    so that I could simply focus on hosting!

The Willamette Queen Limousine

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Ask about our Lincoln Limousine service for your special events. Come take a ride in the
Willamette Queen Limousine and experience luxury at it’s finest! Plan your event today!

Plan Your Event!

Plan a Cruise

Charter all or part of the Willamette Queen for your special occasion. Our captain is an ordained minister and performs weddings. Family reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, business meetings, non-profit fund-raisers, historical dinner theater, Monte Carlo parties and dance parties may be booked by calling our reservation office at 503.371.1103.

Regular schedules include:

Brunch, lunch, dinner, and excursion cruises are available.
Please call the office for our current schedule.

Reservations are required for all cruises.

**Cancellation policy – Call 4 hours in advance to avoid charges for the food portion of the cruise.

 

Plan a Cruise

Charter all or part of the Willamette Queen for your special occasion. Our captain is an ordained minister and performs weddings. Family reunions, anniversaries, birthdays, business meetings, non-profit fund-raisers, historical dinner theater, Monte Carlo parties and dance parties may be booked by calling our reservation office at  503.371.1103. 

Regular schedules include:

Brunch, lunch, dinner, and excursion cruises are available.
Please call the office for our current schedule.

Reservations are required for all cruises.

**Cancellation policy – Call 4 hours in advance to avoid charges for the food portion of the cruise.

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Sternwheeler Charter Cruises 1960-2017

RELIVING OREGON’S HISTORICAL PAST WHILE ENHOYING ELEGANT DINING AND RELAXING LEISURELY VOYAGE.

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Reservation Form

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Reservation Form

Snail Mail:

Sternwheeler Excursions, Inc.
P.O. Box 5896
Salem, OR 97304