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43 Overlooks on the Upper Miss

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River Loops
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 the other.

It’s also easy to spend a day exploring any of these stretches. In each of our “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 La Crosse, Wis., to Lansing, Iowa, and back.

La Crosse, Wis., to Lansing, Iowa

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La Crosse, Wis. Lansing's River Museum
Lansing, Iowa Big River's story on Lansing's River Museum

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Feature Stories

43 Overlooks on the Upper Mississippi See map below

We've listed several great new overlooks, some just recently made available to the public, thanks mainly to land trusts and generous landowners.

Links:

Mississippi Valley Conservancy properties

Cassville Bluffs SNA (pdf)

Devil's Backbone (pdf)

La Crosse Blufflands, North (pdf)

La Crosse Blufflands, South (pdf)

Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

Keough Effigy Mound Land & Water Reserve

Maiden Rock Bluff

Book Reviews

Guides we Review:

Kids gone Paddlin' by Tom Watson

Bicycling Guide to the Mississippi River Trail by Bob Robinson

Wildflowers of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes Region By Merel R. Black and Emmet J. Judziewicz


View Overlooks on the Upper Mississippi River in a larger map

CCC and WPA Projects along the River

Green Herons

Friends of the Mississippi River Refuges Photo Contest

Friends of the Mississippi River Refuges

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