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Explore the Upper Mississippi

May-June 2015

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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 (pdf) Jan-Feb 2015

Bringing an Old Boat Back to Life Carl Henry (pdf) Jan-Feb 2015

Outdoor Dreams Come True - North American Squirrel Association (pdf) Nov-Dec 2014

River Pilgrims (pdf) by Anna Segner, from Nov-Dec 2014

Kickapoo Valley Reserve Ice Caves (pdf) by Joan Kent, from Jan-Feb 2014

Turtle Dogs (pdf) by Pamela Eyden, from July-Aug 2010

Cardinal flowers on the Mississippi (pdf) by John Sullivan

Mapping Time and the River (pdf) by Ryan Johnson, from March-April 2014

Download Army Corps 2011 Navigation Charts

Essay Only the River is Real, by Vincent Kavaloski, from March-April 2014

Dreaming of a trip down the river? Read about boaters taking a voyage of a lifetime down the Mississippi on River Trips.

Sand Dollars Mining Frac Sand in the River Valley (pdf) Some of the best sand for fracture drilling is found in the exposed rocky bluffs along the Upper Mississippi. From July-August 2011 Big River.

Strip Mining the Upper Mississippi (pdf) Aerial views of sand mines. From July-August 2013 Big River.

Live River Links

Weather forecast for Upper Mississippi cities

River levels on the Upper Mississippi

Towboat-watching resource: Boats in pools and queued in locks.

Dreaming of a trip down the river? Read about boaters taking a voyage of a lifetime down the Mississippi on River Trips.

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Covering the Heart of the Driftless Area for 22 Years

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May-June 2015

12 Great Rivertown Gardens
By Pamela Eyden

A guide to twelve outstanding and unusual gardens in Upper Mississippi river towns.

Sunday concert at the Munzinger Gardens in St. Coud, Minn.

Visitors check out the butterfly garden in Bellevue, Iowa.

Cupid waits in the garden behind the Hotel de Ville in Alma, Wis.

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Drifting Along the Wine Trail

Vineyard at Seven Hawks in Fountain City, Wis.

The Upper Mississippi River Valley Viticultural Region offers plenty of wineries and vineyards to visit. Many group together into trails, hosting special events where you can travel from winery to winery enjoying the Upper Mississippi River and the Driftless Area. Here are links to the trails in our region with links to individual wineries.

View of the river from Danzinger winery in Alma, Wis.

Great River Road Wine Trail

Southwest Wisconsin Wine Trail

Three Rivers Wine Trail of Minnesota

Iowa Wine Trail

Upper St. Croix Wine Trail

Northern Illinois Wine Trail - NW Loop

Great River Wine Trail

Lake Pepin Wine Trail

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Deck on Deck: Towboating in the Twin Cities by Capt. Bob Deck

What's it like to work on a towboat? Deck on Deck is a first-hand account of life on river towboats in the 1970s and 80s. These stories will entertain you as Bob Deck recalls his days as a deckhand on the Mississippi River.

Troubled Waters — 30 Years in the River Business by Jack Lambert For sale in the Big River Bookstore. Listen to Jack's July 1st talk with Tommy Mischke on The Nite Show - Mischke Til Midnite,WCCO NewsRadio online.

Mississippi River guidebooks

Driftless Area, Lansing to LeClaire, Iowa, and Quad Cities Travel Guides by Dean Klinkenberg. More info and ordering info.


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Big River Travel Map
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Volunteer groups on the river - a nine-part series about non-profit groups making a difference on the Upper Mississippi

Check the weather forecast and river levels for Upper Mississippi River cities.

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