Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in a Mnishoshe pontoon cruise. Below you may find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. For anything not covered here please feel free to

Where do I go?

We are currently in the process of extending our riverboat dock, in the meantime simply discuss your option of pick-up points with the charter specialist! We will accommodate requests as we can, simply call the ticket office to inquire about pickup!

Do you have bathrooms?

The Mnishoshe does not have a marine toilet, however we have agreements in place with 5 waterfront restaurants allowing our guests to use their facilities.

Can I bring my own food or drinks?

No, licensing and permitting requirements limit the products and services we are allowed to offer and permit on board. In addition to this, revenue from food and beverage sales allow us to cover costs like wages, insurance, permits, maintenance, fuel, etc.

Is the watercraft accessible to those with disabilities?

Our crew is happy to assist those who require assistance onto or off of The Mnishoshe. Watercraft gates are 30” wide, guests unable to easily and reasonably pass through a 30” wide passage are unable to be accommodated for safety reasons.

How long is a cruise?

Public cruises last 1 to 1 1/2 hours depending on route taken.

How do I reserve my spot?

Each charter is fully customized so in order to ensure we understand all of your needs we ask that the guest call our ticketing office and speak with a charter specialist.

Do I have to purchase food or drinks?

No, food and drink purchase is not required.

When can we book a charter?

Since this vessel is private charter only, we will embark on any day you wish.

What happens if there is bad weather?

Our guest’s safety is most important. In the event of high winds or extreme weather, the U.S. Coast Guard-trained master of vessel will determine whether it is safe enough for the cruise to commence. For the safety of all passengers, private charters and public cruises may be rescheduled or cancelled, in the event of reschedule or cancellation a voucher will be offered.

Can I bring food or drink on the riverboat?

No personal outside food or drinks are allowed. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on all cruises. A cash bar is available for private and public cruises.

When should I show up?

In order to not waste the time that you pay for the boat will start loading approximately 20 minutes prior to departure to ensure we depart as close as possible to the pre-scheduled time.

Can I smoke on the boat?

No. The riverboat is a smoke-free environment.

Should I bring any valuables?

No, Missouri Riverboat, Inc., nor its affiliates or subsidiaries are responsible for anything lost or stolen during your excursion.

Can I bring my pet?

While pets are not permitted, properly documented service animals are. Missouri Riverboat, Inc. reserves the right to request proof of service animals certification if deemed necessary.

What is are the age limits?

Age limits are subject to the nature of the excursion, for safety and insurance purposes we do not stock or sell alcoholic beverages on any cruise with minors aboard.

What Should I bring on my cruise?

  • Bring an extra layer because The Missouri River bottoms are frequently much cooler than in town!
  • It is recommended to avoid wearing any hat that could easily be blown off by the wind.
  • Bring sunblock if your excursion will have your group out during any conditions greater than a UV index of 3 or higher.
  • Bring your camera

Embark on your river journey


1700 River Road, Bismarck, ND 58503