Mississippi River Basin


Upper & Middle Mississippi River Itinerary
May 12 – June 3, 2013

Lake Itasca headwaters of the Mississippi River, Minnesota   ·   Photo © Alison M. Jones

Upper Mississippi River Basin

MAY 12: NYC TO MINNEAPOLIS / ST PAUL, MN

Mississippi River and its St Croix River Confluence: Aerial photography

St Paul: Hidden Falls Regional Park

Overnight: Minneapolis, Minnesota

MAY 13: MINNEAPOLIS TO LAKE ITASCA, MN

Elk River

Little Falls: Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site

Interview: Melissa Peterson, Site Supervisor, Minnesota Historical Society

Brainerd: Long Lake and Round Lake

Interview: Steve Mikkelson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Walker: Leech Lake

Chippewa National Forest

Overnight: Itasca State Park, Minnesota

MAY 14: LAKE ITASCA and ITASCA STATE PARK, MN

Itasca State Park: Visitor Center, Lake Itasca, Mississippi Headwaters, Peace Pipe Vista, Preacher’s Point, Douglas Lodge,

Interview: Connie Cox, State Park Senior Naturalist, MN Department of Natural Resources

Interview: Tom Coborn, USCG Captain and Owner of Lake Itasca Boat Tours

Overnight: Itasca State Park, Minnesota

MAY 15: LAKE ITASCA to ST CROIX RIVER, MN/WI: Paul Bunyan Country

Itasca State Park: Headwaters Of The Mississippi, Wilderness Drive, Blow-down Trail, Nicollet Creek, Elk Lake and Chambers Creek

Great River Road and “The Paul Bunyan Trail”

Bemidji and Lake Bemidji

Cass Lake, Leech Lake (Federal Dam), and Lake Winnibigoshish

Overnight: Solon Springs, Wisconsin

MAY 16: ST CROIX RIVER: SOLON SPGS to STILLWATER

Solon Springs, WI: Upper St Croix Lake, Cut-A-Way Dam

Gordon, WI: Overlook Dam on Saint Croix River, Crotte Brook Trail

Interview: Ray Squires, local fisherman

St Croix Falls, WI: Saint Croix Falls Hydroelectric Dam (Xcel Energy)

Marine on St Croix, MN: historic town on Saint Croix River

Stillwater, MN: Wolf’s Marina, on Saint Croix River

Overnight: Stillwater, Minnesota

MAY 17: ST PAUL / MINNEAPOLIS to AFTON (Barbara Waterman Folger joins expedition)

ST PAUL, MN: Interview: Randy Devendorf, USACE, Chief of Environmental Planning

Upper and Lower St Anthony’s Falls and Locks & Dams: on Missouri River

Minnehaha Falls and USACE Lock & Dam #1: on Missouri River

Afton & Afton State Park, MN: on the St Croix River

St Croix Bluffs Regional Park, MN: on the St. Croix River

Prescott, MN: East side of confluence of St Croix and Mississippi Rivers

Overnight: Hastings, Minnesota

MAY 18: HASTINGS MN to LANSING IA

Hastings, MN: Vermillion Falls Park, Con-Agra Mill, Hastings Trail

Vermillion River

Prairie Island, Sturgeon Lake and Red Wing, MN

Frontenac, MN: Frontenac State Park, Lake Pepin and Frontenac Beach & Bluff

Winona, MN: “The Island City”

Goose Island, WI

Stoddard Park, WI: USACE Pool 8 Islands and Habitat Restoration

La Crosse, WI: Interview: Gretchen Benjamin, The Nature Conservancy

Overnight: Lansing, Iowa

MAY 19: LANSING IA – KICKAPOO WI – PRAIRIE DU CHIEN WI

Lansing, IA: Mount Hosmer State Park, Black Hawk Bridge (across Mississippi River)

De Soro, WI

Kickapoo Valley Reserve, WI: Wolf Valley Rd, Potts Corner, Dell Rd, Buckeye Rd

Interviews: Tom Lukens, Chair, Kickapoo Valley Stewardship Network

Shelly Brenneman Kickapoo Valley Stewardship Network

Jessica Rizzolo, Kickapoo Valley Stewardship Network

Gays Mill and Barnum, WI

Overnight: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

MAY 20: PRAIRIE DU CHIEN WI to CEDAR RAPIDS IA

Prairie Du Chien, WI: Campion Landing on Mississippi River

Marquette, Elkader and Strawberry Point, IA

Cedar Falls:

Interview: Dr Laura Jackson, Univ. of Northern Iowa, Biology Professor

Interview: Daryl Smith, Dir., Tallgrass Prairie Center

Cedar Hills Sand Prairie: Prairie restoration by The Nature Conservancy

University of Northern Iowa Campus Prairie: Cedar Falls, IA

Overnight: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

MAY 21: CEDAR RAPIDS IA to DUBUQUE IA

Cedar Rapids, IA: Riverside Land Usage in Manhattan Park, Ellis Harbor and Mays Island

Monticello and Centralia, IA

Sundown Mountain Ski Resort, IA: in the Driftless Region

Durango, IA: Dubuque County Heritage Trail

Mud Lake State Park, IA: on the Mississippi River

Little Maquoketa River Indian Mounds State Preserve, Sageville, IA

Overnight: Dubuque, Iowa

MAY 22: DUBUQUE IA – SAVANNA IL – ROCK FALLS IL

Dubuque Port, IA: USACE Lock and Dam #11, Eagle View Point Park, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

East Dubuque and Galena, IL: Historic Driftless Area east of Mississippi River

Blandings Landing, IL: beginning of Upper Mississippi River NWR

Hanover, IL: Apple River

Savanna Prairie, IL: Black Oak Sand Dune Overlook, part of UMiR NWR

The Lost Mound Unit at former Savanna Army Depot

Millers Landing, IL: part of UMiR NWR, across from Mississippi Palisades SP

Frog Pond, IL: part of UMiR NWR

Spring Lake and Thomson-Fulton Sand Prairie Nature Preserve, IL

Thomson Causeway USACE Recreational Area, IL: Indian mound

Fulton, IL

Overnight: Rock Falls, Illinois

MAY 23: ROCK RIVER - ILLINOIS RIVER – STARVED ROCK IL

Rock River: tributary to the Mississippi River

Sterling & Rock Falls: Towns on Rock River

Lawrence Park: Island on Rock River

The Hennepin Feeder Canal

Illinois River towns: Princeton Ladd, Spring Valley, Peru and LaSalle

The Illinois And Michigan Canal

Starved Rock State Park and USACE Lock and Dam #6: on the Illinois River

Overnight: Starved Rock, Illinois

MAY 24 ILLINOIS RIVER: STARVED ROCK - DEPUE – PEORIA IL

Starved Rock State Park: Belle of the Rock paddle-wheeler trip

Interview (but no video): Captain Chris Cowen

Plum Island: owned by Audubon, maintained by Living Lands and Waters

DePue and DePue Lake: Illinois’ largest Superfund site, connected to Illinois River

Interview: Eric Bryant, Village President

The Hennepin Canal and town of Hennepin

Illinois River towns: Lacon, Chillicothe and Mossville

Peoria, IL: Galena Marina, Bob Mitchell Bridge, Warehouse District

Overnight: Rushville Illinois

MAY 25 BEARDSTOWN IL to HANNIBAL MO

Beardstown, IL: Rte. 67 and Beardstown Drainage Road South (irrigation ditches / canals)

Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge, IL

Quincy, IL: USACE Lock and Dam #21 on the Mississippi River

Hannibal, MO: Mississippi River Front, Mark Twain Riverboat

Overnight: Hannibal, Missouri

Middle Mississippi River Basin

MAY 26: HANNIBAL MO to SAINTE GENEVIEVE, MO

Hannibal MO: “Twain on Main” Memorial Day celebrations

Vandalia: “Biofuels Capital of Missouri”

Missouri River towns: Mokane, Portland, Logan Creek, Rhineland, New Haven

The Kady Trail and The Lewis and Clark Trail: along the Missouri River

Hermann, MO

Overnight: Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

MAY 27: SAINTE GENEVIEVE MO – KASKASKIA IL

Sainte Genevieve, MO: Visitors Center, Modoc Ferry, “Le Grand Champs,” old marina and New Bourbon Port on Mississippi River

Interview: Deborah Gregg (no video): at Ferry Landing

Kaskaskia Island, IL

Overnight: Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

MAY 28: STE. GENEVIEVE MO – PRAIRIE DU ROCHER & KASKASKIA IL

Interview: Karen and Ken Kulberg, Owners of Main Street B&B, Ste. Genevieve, IL

Modoc IL: Levee Road and Mississippi River batture wetlands

Prairie Du Rocher IL: Main Street

Fort De Chartres State Historic Site, 43rd Annual Rendezvous

Modoc Rock Shelter: Bluff Street, Prairie du Rocher

Kaskaskia Lock and Dam and Recreation Center: on Kaskaskia River

Interview: Robert Cail, US F&W, Middle Mississippi NWR

Overnight: Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

MAY 29: STE. GENEVIEVE – FORT KASKASKIA - ST LOUIS, MO

Interview: James Hill, USACE (by phone, no video)

Kaskaskia Island, IL: western side channel

Chester Bridge and Horse Island, IL

Ellis Grove, IL: Fort Kaskaskia/ Pierre Menard Home, Beaver Island USF&W restoration

Nine-Mile Creek, IL: Rte. 61

Interview (no video): Dr. Mabel Purkerson, Board Member of The Explorers Club and The Missouri Botanical Garden

Overnight: Saint Louis, Missouri

MAY 30: SAINT LOUIS MO & ALTON IL

West Alton, MO: Red School Road, Old USACE Lock and Dam #26

Audubon Center at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers (actual confluence closed due to flooding)

Clark Bridge: between Illinois and Missouri over Missouri River via US 67

Alton IL: Melvin Price Lock and Dam (replaced Lock and Dam #26)

Interview: Patrick McGinnis, wildlife biologist, former USACE; The Horinko Group, Senior Advisor on Water Resources and Sustainable Communities Policy

St Charles: Blanchette Landing on Missouri River

Overnight: Saint Louis, Missouri

MAY 31: SAINT LOUIS, MO & CAHOKIA IL

Interview: Richard C. Holton, Former President of American Rivers; Board Member of Deer Creek Watershed Alliance Board (a project of Missouri Botanical Garden), Meramec Watershed and Ducks Unlimited

Cahokia Mounds State Historical Site: Visitor’s Center and Monk’s Mound

Interviews (but no video):

Dr. James Brown, anthropologist at Northwestern University

Dr. Mark Esarey, archeologist, Site Mgr, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Ed Weilbacher, HeartLands Conservancy, Special Projects Manager

Dinner: Carla and John Marshall, Explorers Club, at Frontenac Plaza, on edge of EF3 Tornado

Overnight: Saint Louis, Missouri

JUNE 1: SAINT LOUIS, MO

Interview: Dr. Gayle Fritz, Anthropologist at Washington University, on the paleo-ethno-agro-diversity of Cahokia Mounds’ Mississippean Culture

Interview: Daniel Burkhardt, author of book on Lower Missouri River

Overnight: Saint Louis, Missouri

JUNE 2: SAINT LOUIS & HERMANN MO

Hermann and Missouri River Floodplain

With Dr Mabel Purkerson (on Board of Missouri Botanical Garden and Explorers Club)

–Rt 64:/Old Route 40 and the Monarch Levee

–Chesterfield floodplain development

–Boone Bridge and Christopher S. Bond Bridge

–Loutre River and Frene Creek, in flood stage

–Hermann and its Riverfront Park, flooded

Interviews:

Karla Wilson, President of EcoWorks Unlimited and Project Director of Deer Creek Watershed Alliance (a project of Missouri Botanical Garden)

Deborah Frank, Project Director of Deer Creek Watershed Alliance (a project of Missouri Botanical Garden)

David Wilson, Director of Education, St Louis Science Center

Deer Creek Watershed Alliance Meeting

Overnight: Saint Louis, Missouri

JUNE 3: SAINT LOUIS MO & ALTON IL

Interview: Warren Grace (creating St Louis umbrella stewardship group)

Florissant, MO: Sunset Park (access to Missouri River closed due to flooding)

St Louis County Sioux Passage Park, MO: on Missouri River (flooded)

Alton: USACE Melvin Price Lock and Dam (replaced Lock and Dam #26)

National Great Rivers Museum

National Great Rivers Research and Education Center

Interview: Rebecca Fink, Park Ranger, USACE, National Great Rivers Museum, No AUDIO allowed, but transcribed text can be used in print

End of Expedition