Channel Cat Opens 22nd Season with New App, Discounts and Dock

In addition to its Illinois Quad-Cities bus service, MetroLINK also offers the Channel Cat Water Taxi, a seasonal passenger ferryboat for Quad-Citians and tourists who’d like to spend some leisure time on the Mississippi River. The Channel Cats are open-air boats that take passengers back and forth across the river to various landings. Passengers can get on and off as they like for one ticket price, good for all-day usage.

The Water Taxi makes stops at the Village of East Davenport and the Isle of Capri Casino in Iowa, and the Celebration Belle and John Deere Commons in Illinois. The Water Taxi has returned for its 22nd season and this year, and a new app makes it possible for Channel Cat passengers to purchase tickets directly from their smartphones. The app is free and can be downloaded from Apple or Android stores.

The cost of a Water Taxi ticket is $8 for adults, and $4 for children ages 2-10. Children under age 2, accompanied by an adult, ride free. The ticket allows the passenger to ride as much as they’d like for one day. The ticket can be used not only for the Water Taxi ride, but also as a money-saving coupon-for-a-day. More than 25 Quad Cities businesses offer same-day discounts when the Channel Cat ticket is presented.

A new Channel Cat Dock is under construction across from the WIU – Quad Cities Riverfront Campus, just 300 feet upstream from the current Celebration Belle dock. This $1.3 million improvement project will replace the Channel Cat landing at the Celebration Belle and will be completed this July, offering greater convenience and accessibility for the community.

Bicycles are welcome on the Channel Cat, but one-piece tandem bikes are prohibited. While pets are also prohibited, service animals are allowed. Appropriate clothing and shoes must be worn on-board.

For MetroLINK Customer Service Route Information, call (309) 788-3360 to access live phone support, seven days a week during service hours. To contact Administrative & HR Offices, call (309) 786-2705. You can also contact MetroLINK by email at For additional information, visit

Schedule and Landing Information:

Summer Schedule through Labor Day:

Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 7:40 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

September Schedule:

Weekends only: 9 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.

Landing Addresses:

Celebration Belle Landing at Celebration Pier, 2501 E. River Drive, Moline, IL

John Deere Commons Landing, behind the Radisson Hotel, 1415 River Drive, Moline, IL

Isle of Capri Casino Landing, 17th Street & Isle Parkway, Bettendorf, IA

Village of East Davenport Landing, Lindsay Park Marina, 2100 E. River Drive, Davenport, IA


Author: Kevin Walker

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