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River Loop
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 from St. Paul to Minneapolis.

LeClaire to Clinton, Iowa
A Mostly Civilized Stretch of the Mississippi

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Visit LeClaire

Princeton Wildlife Management Area

Clinton CVB

Eagle Point Park



Albany Mounds State Historic Site

Port Byron




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November-December 2009 Feature Stories

River Book Reviews

Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

The Indians of Iowa

The Old-Time River Rats, by Kenny Salwey

Costly Grace: A Mystery, by James Allaire

A Guide to Projectile Points of Iowa

The Mississippi: A Visual Biography, by Quinta Scott

The Floating Boathouses on the Upper Mississippi River, by Martha Greene Phillips

Driftless, by David Rhodes

Crows & Cards, by Joseph Helgerson

River of Words: Young Poets and Artist on the Nature of Things

Sweet Land for the Blandings

The Weaver Dunes population of Blandings turtles is the second largest in the country.

Blandings in the Dunes

Nature Conservancy

Minn. DNR


The Last Ride

Family memories on the final boat ride of the season, by Jeff Lessard

Carp Fest!

Big River walks the talk and cooks up a carp feast.

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