Chop tank Riverboat | Dorchester County EDA

The Dorothy Megan and the Choptank River Queen are staples on the Choptank River during warm weather. Small business owner Dave Nickerson started the Choptank Riverboat Company in 1997 and operates out of the Suicide Bridge Marina. The riverboats are associated with the Suicide Bridge Restaurant in Hurlock, MD.

Riverboats provide a great venue for viewing local areas including working watermen and wildlife on the Choptank River. Captain Bill Tyndall said, “We enjoy meeting new people and sharing the Choptank River area, the history and scenic views. We look forward to greeting our returning guests every year.”

Originally the business started with one riverboat and expanded in 2002 by adding another. The riverboats employ 25 part-time staff during the peak summer months. Most staff members are also employed by the Suicide Bridge Restaurant which employs approximately 100 people during the summer months.

In years past, the riverboats have attracted nearly 15,000 people annually. The cruises are seasonal starting in April and ending in December. Lunch cruises are approximately two hours and dinner cruises are closer to three. The riverboats also offer hour and a half sightseeing cruises and monthly murder mystery cruises starting in June.

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