March-April 2017

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Down the Mississippi: People taking all kinds of trips down the river

Weather on the Upper Mississippi

Water levels on the Upper Miss.


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March-April 2017 stories

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Climbing the Bluffs Links:

Experts advise beginners to first go to a climbing gym to learn climbing techniques, and build strength and coordination. Then find or hire a certified instructor to help them “learn the ropes” and make a safe transition to outside climbing. (Contact your state or local climbing association.)

Minnesota Climbers Association

Wisconsin Climbers Association

Iowa Climbers Association

Quad Cities Climbers Association (facebook)

Illinois Climbers Association


River Paddlers Websites:

Links to resources from Reggie McLeod's Canoecopia presentation

Big River paddling stories

Navarro Canoe Co

The Big Campus: Augsburg's River Semester (pdf)

Wenonah Canoes

Roll Me to the River
Rig up a trailer on a fold-up bicycle and pedal your canoe to the river.

RiverTrips: Big River source-to-sea paddler page - accounts, stories and resources

Facebook Mississippi River Paddlers page

John Sullivan's wrap-up chart of 2016 paddlers, January 14

Stories Published in past issues of Big 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. Jan-Feb 2017

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