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Links from the May-June issue

• Draft Plans for Lake Pepin habitat restoration: Corp of Engineers Feasiblity Report April 2020


The Corps’ St. Paul District released its draft plan for managing the floodplain forest on land it owns on the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to Guttenberg, Iowa. Corps of Engineers draft plan The comment period is over.


• The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety classes at several locations on the Upper Mississippi River. Visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary website for information.


Mississippi Mushrooms is selling mushrooms, kits and equipment on its website


Trio bald eagle nest webcam, Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge


The Kickapoo Bird Habitat Initiative is loooking for birders to volunteer for surveys in Vernon and Monroe Counties, Wisconsin. Contact


Minnesota Showboat: More on the history of the Minnesota Centennial Showboat

Links from the March-April 2020 issue

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"Dredge Material Sites" (Big River, March-April 2020, Page 3)
Winona, Minn. — The Army Corps of Engineers has released its draft Environmental Assessment for managing dredged material from Pool 6 — Trempealeau, Wis., to Winona — for the next 20 years.

The plan’s preference was to expand the size of two sites the Corps has been using: on the upstream end of Latsch island and the downstream end of Homer, Minn. The sites have sold or offered free dredge material (mostly sand). Most of it has been used for fill at nearby construction sites. The demand has kept pace with the supply, so there has been no need to find a permanent site for the material.

The Corps hosted a public meeting on the plan in Winona February 11, and is accepting public comments on the plan through April 10. (Deadline extended). The complete Environmental Assessment is availablle here:


"Multiple Winonas" (Big River, March-April 2020, Page 42)

Winona Ryder pitches website-builder SquareSpace by visiting Winona. Here's her website:


"Animated Sewers" (Big River, March-April 2020, Page 17)

If you live in the Twin Cities, you can see how your stormwater gets to the river. Go to



Links from the January-February 2020 issue

Digital Atlas of Historic Mining in SW Wisconsin(PDF)

U of W news report

Friends of the (Upper St. Anthony Falls) Lock & Dam

Rusty patched bumblebee (FWS)

Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade

Eagle trio cam

Paddler Sampling:

LouAnn Harris stand-up paddle— What I Learned; The Mullet

Jay Kangler - Escape with Jay videos

Max Berthou and Mark Pozlep link to Waterways Journal

Maya Dizak and Michael McGuire and The Big Wet Trip on Instagram

Dan Faust - Glory Days

Mississippi River Paddlers Facebook Group


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• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website has more information about water and air monitoring for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

• Register for the Great River Road Trip here.

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Links to Mississippi River Resources

Links from Reggie's Canoecopia presentation

Big River Source-to-Sea paddler page - accounts, stories and resources

Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Corps of Engineers Upper Miss Navigation Charts

Mississippi River Paddlers (Facebook group)

Floatzilla(River Action, Quad Cities)

The Great River Rumble


Minnesota DNR Eagle Cam

Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program (UMRR-EMP)

Mississippi River Organizations

Mississippi River Resources

Big River Travel Map

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

Weather on the Upper Mississippi

Water levels on the Upper Miss.

90-Day Journey of a Raindrop on the Mississippi River by Gayle Harper. Blog, Surrendering to Serendipity

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More 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
By Sara Millhouse September-October 2016

Coldwater Cave May-June 2016
By Capt. Ted Peck

Nighthawk Twilight
By Molly McGuire July-Aug 2015

Carp Poetry Winners - July-Aug 2015

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

Where's the Carp? Commercial fishermen have noticed an overall decline in the number of common carp - May-June 2015

Sex Life of Floodplain Trees March-April 2015

Carp Catch 22 - where can you buy wild-caught smoked carp, and why isn't it at your local grocer's? (pdf) March-April 2015

When Big Mama Ruled the Rivers - the Sprague Jan-Feb 2015

River Pilgrims Nov-Dec 2014

Outdoor Dreams Come True - North America Squirrel Association Nov-Dec 2014

Mapping Time and the River (PDF) by Ryan Johnson March-April 2014

The Living Caves of Kickapoo Winters Jan-Feb 2014

Ike Hasting's and his Picket Hastings Jan-Feb 2014

CD Review: Can You Canoe? By the OkeeDokee Brothers
Reviewed by Naomi Rath

Leo and Marilyn Smith: River Dreams in Wood (pdf)
March-April 2012

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

Summer of Weeds Nov-Dec 2010

Boykin Spaniels and Box Turtles July-Aug 2010

The Almost-Built Canal: Linking Lake Superior to the Mississippi  (pdf)
March-April 2010

Flood Run also PDF
March-April 2010

The Day WWII Came to Lake Pepin
Nov-Dec 2007

Iceboating on the Mississippi
Jan-Feb 2007

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

An Otter Kind of Critter

River Book Reviews

Bridges over the Mississippi

Hand-Carved Decoys (pdf)

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