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September-October 2010 Highlights

Cover:Students get out on the river in the Twin Cities with the help of Wilderness Inquiry. (photo by Bob Deck)

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River Loop
Day Tripping on the Upper Miss

It’s 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.


Clinton, Iowa

Clinton tourism

Clinton, Iowa - Great Places

Eagle Point Park

Stone Bridge in Eagle Pt. Park

Wide River Winery

Bulger Hollow Recreation Area

Sabula, Iowa


Thomson, Ill. and from the Miss. Valley Traveler

Thomson Recreation

Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

Schafer Fisheries

Fulton, Ill.

The Great River Bike Trail - Trail Guide

Heritage Canyon and Illinois Adventures

Windmill Cultural Center - Facebook

De Immigrant Windmill

Savanna Army Depot   and Igloo data storage

Savanna, Ill.

Lost Mound Unit

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center

Feature Stories

River Valley Wineries  - see our new
Vineyard and Winery Directory

Stairways of Dubuque

Madison Street steps, courtesy of the Center for Dubuque History

For years, many Dubuque residents relied on steep stairways to get back and forth between homes on the bluffs and the city below. By Constance R. Cherba and Edward E. Deckert

Living Lands & Waters

Cidery on a River Bluff

Maiden Rock Cidery

Getting Kids on the River

Wilderness Inquiry/Urban Wilderness Canoe Adventure

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