A staple of summer in the Quad Cities is getting ready to open for the summer season.

The QC Channel Cat, which has been an open-air water shuttle for people to get Quad Citians across the Mississippi River since 1995, will be coming back for another summer starting this month (weather permitting).

The Stops

Channel Cat stops at 2 places on the Illinois side of the QC, and 2 on the Iowa side. It stops at Riverbend Commons in Moline, Isle Casino Hotel in Bettendorf, Lindsay Park at the Village of East Davenport, and at John Deere Commons behind the Wyndham Hotel.

The New Season

We can all hope that the Mississippi River will be totally back in it's banks by late May. Permitting that and good weather, the QC Channel Cat will open for the 2023 season on Memorial Day Weekend, according to an Instagram post by Visit Quad Cities.

QC Channel Cat hours vary a bit during the week and by stop but they often post their daily hours while they're in season on their Facebook page: QC Channel Cat.

Channel Cat will operate this summer through Labor Day with limited service through October, weather permitting. All-day adult fares are $8, all-day kid fares (ages 2-10) are $4, kids under 2 (with an adult) can ride Channel Cat for free. You can get more details about QC Channel Cat on MetroQC's website.

It's definitely a sign of summer coming back in the Quad Cities!

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