Day Tripping on the Upper Miss
Exploring the Upper Mississippi
is easy for people who like to travel in a circle
and get back where they started by bedtime. Major
crossings are about 30 miles apart, so you can
go down one side, cross the river and come back on
also easy to spend a day exploring any of these
stretches. In each of our new “River
Loops” columns we’ll prowl a stretch of the river
for interesting places and things to do. This
loop describes what to see and do along the road
from Cassville, Wis., to Dubuque, Iowa,
Cassville, Wis., to
The Cassville Ferry carries tourists
and commuters across
the Mississippi from Wisconsin to Iowa and back. The nearest
bridge upriver is at Prairie du Chien, Wis., and
the next bridge downstream
is at Dubuque. (Cassville Tourism)
Wis., is well off the beaten track along
a beautiful stretch of the Mississippi.
With just over 1,000 people, it’s
a quiet place during the summer and fall,
and even quieter in winter. Cassville has
an attractive riverfront park, a spectacular
state park and two coal-fired power plants.
But along the river, its claim to fame is
the Cassville Car Ferry, which, in the warm
months, saves about 50 miles of highway
driving between Cassville to Guttenberg,
Eagle Point Park above Dubuque
is rich with architectural stonework
and fabulous overlooks.
For the whole Loop story and more
Mississippi River stories, order
this issue now.
How do people respond to having
their homes damaged or detroyed by flash floods?
Old Dory Rows Again
Rotten wood and 10 coats of
house paint disguised this old Upper Mississippi
This retired self-propelled
cutterhead dredge still looks like it's ready to go.
Pubs of the Quad Cities
Cat Brew Pub
River Brew Pub
Lock & Dam 15
Piloting Big Boats on Bigger