From the St. Joseph River Flotilla Committee:
We are planning the annual flotilla which will be held on Thursday, July 4th.
Boats are asked to gather at Six Span Bridge at 1:15 pm and then follow the Elkhart River Queen downstream at 1:30 pm. The flotilla will end at Martin's landing, please pass by the landing single file so the spectators on shore can see your boat.
As in the past few years there is no theme, so you can decorate your boat anyway you like. You can use current events, celebrities, Elkhart landmarks, the possibilities are endless. We are excited to see what you come up with this year! We have hundreds of dollars in cash prizes that will be awarded for the best decorated boats and also the special prize for the Most Patriotic Decorated Boat named after our late friend Jim Pettit.
If you are participating in the Flotilla please fill out this form to bring with you: Flotilla Participant Form
We have some great sponsors for this event, check them out on the "Flotilla Sponsors" tab to the left and please think of them should you require their services.
From the Save the Queen Committee:
The Elkhart River Queen will be hosting a July 4th Flotilla Cruise on Thursday, July 4th.
The Queen will sail up stream to the Six Span Bridge where she will start and lead the flotilla downstream to Martin’s landing where prizes for the best decorated boats will be awarded.
Cost: $40.00 per adult - 21 & older - There is a limit of 100 tickets for this event.
Includes hors d’oeuvres, Live Music, and a full service Cash Bar
Boarding will begin at 10:15 am and set sail at 11:00 am returning to dock around 4:00 pm.
The dock is located at 110 Bowers Court in Elkhart, IN
Parking is at the former Alick’s Drug lot located one block east at 942 E. Jackson Blvd.
Additional Flotilla Rules: There have been serious injuries from water balloons thrown during past flotillas. The River Patrol will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy when it comes to anything thrown at boats in the flotilla. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable boating season.
In an Emergency: The direct number to the Elkhart City 911 Center at civic plaza is 574-293-2175. You might wish to store this number in your cell phone as City Police. This could save precious minutes in an emergency while you are boating. Dialing 911 from your cell phone connects you with the County 911 center in Goshen.
Be Safe and Enjoy your summer.