Mississippi River Resources

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Blogs about the River


Federal Sites



People and boats



Reports and Research

Shipping (Army Corps)

State Agencies

Traveling in the Upper Mississippi River area

Urban Riverfront Development



River Trips -- Big River's archived links to people taking trips up and down the Mississippi

EPA Fish Consumption Advisories

Navigation charts of the Upper Mississippi from the Corps of Engineers- PDF download page

USGS Aerial Photographs of the Upper Mississippi

The Great Mississippi River Bridge Project on Flickr

Blogs about the Mississippi

River Talk by Pat Nunnally, of U of Minnesota. Perspectives on creating sustainable urban riverfronts in the 21st century.

Mississippi Valley Traveler by Dean Klinkenberg

The River Landing by Tom Lerczak in Illinois

John A. Weeks III - Bridges of the Mississippi

Northeast-Midwest Institute's Mississippi River Basin BlogTwitter


Environmental Education for Kids -- EEK (Wisconsin DNR)

Project Wild environmental education and wildlife-based conservation video

River Studies Center, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse



Mississippi River Gallery, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa

Winona (Minn.) County Historical Society

River History Museum, Lansing, Iowa

Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, Minn.

John Deere Pavilion, Moline, Ill.


People and boats up and down the river

Paddler and Mississippi River Guide John Ruskey on NPR.

Larsh Bristol Photography

Big River's list of websites and blogs about people's 2015 trips up and down the Mississippi

John Hartford

Chad Pregracke's River Cleanup - Living Lands and Waters

The Floating Neutrinos -- the Mississippi River trip log

steamboats.org - message board, information

Charlie Maguire the Singing Ranger Rivertown

Julia Belle Swain (FB) pretty paddlewheel out of La Crosse, Wis. Being refurbished, and with luck, will start cruising again in 2017.

Antique Outboard Motor Club

Compass Locker -- Resource for towboat paraphernalia, gifts and collectibles


Born by the River: People of the Mississippi River Towns, Ron Merchant, photographer

Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee (UMRCC) publications

A River That Works and a Working River (pdf) by the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee and the Audubon Upper Mississippi River Campaign

Discover! America's Great River Road by Pat Middleton



Rock Island, Ill., Army Corps recreation sites

Canoe Routes and Maps of the Upper Mississippi:

Paddling Iowa's Water Trails

Minn DNR canoe routes info

Minn DNR map resources


Federal Sites

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge (Upper Miss)

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Thomas - Library of Congress site to keep track of legislative bills


Reports, Water Quality, Research

Pools 5, 6 and 8 Drawdown Results (2001-2009)

Plant and animal life rebound on the Mississippi (2002-MPR)

USGS - Hypoxia in Gulf of Mexico

USGS Publications on Nutrients in the Mississippi River Basin and Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

Fact Sheet: Landscape Ecology of the Upper Mississippi River System: Lessons learned, challenges and opportunities

Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center - Flood of 1993

USGS Water Science Center, Minnesota

Fish Consumption Advisories

EPA Fish Consumption Advisories

Shipping on the River

Army Corps of Engineers

New Upper Mississippi Navigation Charts

Army Corps of Engineers-Rock Island District - contacts, Mississippi River Project, Water Control Center

Army Corps of Engineers - St. Paul District

Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (formerly the Upper Mississippi River-Illinois Waterway Navigation Study

National Rivers Hall of Fame

David Estrada, Towboat Captain

Waterways Council


State Agencies

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency - Water

Minnesota Impaired Waters List

Minnesota Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) Projects

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Travel in the Upper Mississippi River area

Enjoy Illinois

Travel Iowa

Explore Minnesota

Travel Wisconsin

Mississippi Valley Partners - Wisconsin and Minnesota business owners and volunteers in the 85 miles around Lake Pepin

Mississippi River Parkway Commission - Great River Road

Minnesota Great River Road

Wisconsin Great River Road

Illinois Great River Road

Iowa Great River Road

Urban riverfront development

Minneapolis Riverfront

RiverFirst - Minneapolis Parks, transforming the Minneapolis riverfront



Book - Field Guide to Freshwater Mussels of the Midwest - great mussel resource suggested by Marian Havlik of La Crosse, Wis., "the mussel lady."

River ecology research

National Wildlife Health Center - mortality reports, dieoffs, animal welfare, NBS links

Fish and Fishing

Long Term Resource Monitering Program fisheries data - Graphical fish database browser


A Thousand Friends of Frogs

The Froggy Page


Army Corps Eagle Watches (Rock Island District)

Richie Swanson Birds and fiction

Minnesota Ornithologist's Union

National Eagle Center -- Wabasha, Minnesota

Raptor Resource Project - Peregrine Falcon recovery on the Mississippi

Wings Over Alma (Wisconsin)


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