easy to spend a day exploring these
stretches of the Upper Mississippi. In each of our “River
Loops” columns we’ll prowl a stretch of the river
for interesting places and things to do.
Clinton, Iowa, to Savanna, Ill.
At Thomson, Ill., the river is a full three-quarters of a mile wider than Lake Pepin. Lock and Dam 13 flooded an island and a prairie and turned this stretch into a big shallow lake, then wind and wave erosion wore away most of the remaining island fragments.
In this Loop we wind around from Thomson, Ill., downstream through Fulton, then across the river to Clinton, Iowa. Then we travel upstream in Iowa to the island city of Sabula, then cross the river again into Savanna, Ill.
This completes out series on Upper Mississippi River travel loops. Check the Loop Directory for the complete list of day-trip or weekend loops.