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Explore the Upper Mississippi

March-April 2014

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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.

Watch the time-lapse videos of the new Hastings bridge being moved and lifted into place.

State of the River Report — Water Quality and River Health in the Metro Mississippi River is a product of the Friends of the Mississippi River and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.

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.

Upper Mississippi News Links

Upper Mississippi River Blogs


Big River Carp T-shirt
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Mississippi River guidebooks

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

A regional environmental and lifestyle magazine

Current Issue March-April 2014

Mapping Time and the River

Since 1820 the Army Corps of Engineers has changed the river and mapped the changes.

By Ryan Johnson

See changes in one river section (from Brownsville, Minn., to Genoa, Wis.) through the years.


The River is Real: The Mississippi and the Flow of Time

By Vincent Kavaloski

"College boy, you don't know nuthin' until you know the river. 'Cause only the river is real. You got that?"


Living With Floods

By Jeff Lessard

Reaching an inner peace with the flooding river in Prairie du Chien.

Film crew in 2001


Read these stories, river events and book reviews in the
March-April issue of Big River.
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Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLIMRIS)

To comment on the Army Corps report on blocking the passage of Asian carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi:

Use the form on the GLIMRIS website
Send written comments to
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District,
GLMRIS ANS Control Comments, 231 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60604.

Comments must be postmarked by March 31, 2014.

(formal notice of comment period extension)

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Big River Travel Map
Dozens of scenic Mississippi overlooks and places to go.

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about the Upper Mississippi River from past issues of Big River Magazine.

See complete issues from 2006 and 2007 online (PDFs). Select issues here

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.

More on overlooks

River organizations

Links to Upper Mississippi Resources

Take a look back at our April Foolishness river stories.


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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