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River Place

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge (Between Trempealeau, Wis., and Winona, Minn.)

Refuge website

USF&WS Profile

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (pdf)

Banking on Nature:The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation (Sept. 2007) (pdf) Trempealeau Refuge statistics on pdf pages 172-175.

Eagle Watches on the Upper Mississippi

Jan.-Feb. River News


Fast-Track Bridge:
A new Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis is scheduled to open by the end of 2008.
By Marc Hequet

You can watch construction unfold on

The Perilous Voyage of the Virginia
The first steamboat journey up the Upper Mississippi in 1823 opened the river.
By Michael Martin

Sizing Up Drawdowns:
Tracking the effects of drawdowns is a long-term proposition.
By Reggie McLeod

Links: Summary of Results of the Pool 5 and Pool 8 Drawdowns on the Upper Mississippi River and Upper Mississippi River Pool 8 Drawdown Results:

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Preparing for a Long River Cruise
Planning for the Great Loop around the eastern United States
By Captain Larry Martin (

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Links to Resources:

Quimby’s Cruising Guide, Contains good information about river cruising and locking through. Essential. Available through the publisher, also at marinas and nautical bookstores.

Upper Mississippi River Charts, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. These may be downloaded online at no cost. It is best to have the paper version for around $35. You can buy software which will link government charts with your GPS and laptop computer, but computers are hard to read in bright sunlight. Essential.

America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association
Honey, Let’s Get a Boat, a journal of their Great Loop cruise, written by the founders of America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association (AGLCA). Contains advice, checklists, budgets, experiences. May be purchased online.

Skipper Bob Publications, Bob and Elaine Reib, a variety of guidebooks to the Great Loop cruise.

Bluewater Books and Charts, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the largest source for nautical books and charts.

Learn more about the “Power Squadron” on their site.