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Eagle Watching on the River

Wherever ice doesn’t form — as in the turbulent water below locks and dams or at the confluence of a tributary with the Mississippi River — you often find the open water that bald eagles need to catch fish in the winter. Many towns and parks on the river make a celebration of eagle watching.

Army Corps of Engineers eagle watching site

DNR site about eagle watches

Eagle nest cameras

Minnesota DNR
Decorah Eagles
Stewards of Upper Mississippi River


Waiting for the Julia Belle Swain(pdf)
By John Gabbert The hard, gritty, expensive work of rescuing one of the finest steam sternwheeler packet boats ever built is nearly finished.


Stories Published in past issues of Big River

Effigy Mounds of the Wisconsin River Valley, September-October 2016

Coldwater Cave, May-June 2016
By Capt. Ted Peck

Nighthawk Twilight - July-Aug 2015

Carp Poetry Winners - July-Aug 2015

12 Great Rivertown Gardens (pdf) - May-June 2015

Sand Dollars — Mining Frac Sand in the River Valley (pdf
July-Aug 2011

Boykin Spaniels and Box Turtles July-Aug 2010

Look down on the river
Overlooks, lookouts, precipices and blufftop peaks

An Otter Kind of Critter By Roaer Lacher