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Grafton Harbor

Throughout history, the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers influenced travelers in many ways, but in May of 2006 travelers from around the world began to enjoy their journey in an even greater way, Grafton Harbor was born!

Whether traveling by land or water our five anchor marina boasts on being “The Harbor of Hospitality.”
Grafton Harbor invites you to experience marina life at its finest.  Whether you have a small pleasure craft or mega yacht Grafton Harbor can accommodate your needs.  Floating swimming pool and hot tub, sanitary slip side pump-out, spacious gated concrete docks, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, concierge dock service and adult and family festivities are just a few of the royal amenities of Grafton Harbor.

Grafton Harbor Floating Winery and Gifts Ahoy

  • Enjoy wine tasting at its best!
  • Our Winery serves over 100 Wines from Around the World!
  • Our Signature Wines Include:
    Liquid Panty Remover, Light House Red, Captain Butt Head, Key West of the Midwest and
    The Spirits of Grafton’s Past

Gift’s Ahoy and Ship’s Store

Gift’s Ahoy carries the best selection of nautical and wine related gifts on the river!
You must see it to believe it!  Everything from what floats your boat to what makes you beautiful!
Gourmet Foods * Picnic Wine Baskets * Jewelry * Children’s Nautical Toys * Clothing * Decorating Accessories * Anchors * River Charts and Much, Much More!

River Boat Cruises

Cruising the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers!

Hakuna Matata, a 49 passenger tour boat can take you on a wonderful adventure on the IllinoisBoat and Mississippi Rivers. The Hakuna Matata is an all-weather, 53’ foot, 49-passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat. There is seating and cafe tables on both the upper and the lower decks. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river, bluffs, islands and historical points of interest along the way making it perfect for nature, photography and family photos. The cruise is made even more comfortable as the boat has restrooms and the TIKI BAR offering a cash bar and light snacks. Arrangements can be made for cruises to depart from St. Charles, Alton and other local departure sights. The Hakuna Matata cruises run April thru May; weather and river conditions permitting. A variety of scheduled cruising opportunities will be offered and the Hakuna Matata will also be available to rent for private parties.


The River Rambler Tour is a fun and educational 1 hour boat ride on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers highlighting the historical and geographical points of interest. Throughout the season the River Rambler tour will be offered Saturdays at 4:00 and Sundays at 4:00. (May – Oct. 31) Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunset Cruises are also offered 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. (May – Oct. 31) Reservations are highly recommended.

Hakuna Matata is also available to be rented for private groups, parties and events during the day and evenings for 1 or 2 hours.

Brides-to-Be Take Note! Hakuna Matata is the perfect location for weddings, Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties, Bridal Showers and Rehearsal Dinners. The Captain of the Hakuna Matata can marry a couple on board as authorized by Maritime Laws.

Tour Consultants at Grafton Harbor are available to work with your organization to schedule cruises for Families, School and Church Groups, Boy & Girl Scout Troops, Parks & Recreation Departments, Senior Citizen Organizations, Retirement Communities, Corporate Functions, Family Reunions, Birthday Celebrations, Baby Showers, Anniversaries or any other fun reason to gather your group for a Celebration on the River. If a group is larger than our occupancy capacity of 49 people, the group may be divided into smaller groups and be taken out separately in shifts. While one part of the group is cruising on the river, the other 1/2 may enjoy wine tasting at Grafton Harbor Floating Winery, shop in our wonderful gift shop, or enjoy a fabulous lunch or dinner at the Grafton Oyster Bar.

Special themed cruises will be scheduled throughout the summer and the fall. These include: Music and Jimmy Buffet Parrot Head Cruises, Wine Tastings, Sunset, Fall Foliage, Haunted or create your own theme. Hakuna Matata will be the place to celebrate special events and holidays such as: Mother's Day, Father's Day, 4th of July Fireworks, Blessing of the Fleet, Veteran's Day and Halloween.


Phone 1-618-786-7678 | Fax 1-618-786-2759
215 West Water Street | Grafton, Illinois 62037

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