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Address: Departs from Riverside Park, La Crosse, WI 54602
Phone Number: +1 877-647-7397
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Wed 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Description: We offer unique sightseeing cruises which explore the scenic and wild...
We offer unique sightseeing cruises which explore the scenic and wild backwaters and side-channels of the Mississippi River. The cruises are interactive, fully-guided (by onboard wildlife naturalists), and vastly more scenic than other riverboat cruises. With us, you'll learn interesting aspects and stories of the Mississippi and its scenic Upper Miss Wildlife Refuge while comfortably aboard a safe, U.S. Coast Guard inspected vessel, complete with a licensed Captain and crew. Plan to get within feet of beautiful backwater riverbanks, bald eagles, bald eagle nests, turtle-filled logs, great blue herons, beaver lodges, blooming American lotus & water lilies, and more! Check us out - you won't be disappointed!
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Great boat trip!

I took my grandsons on this boat trip and they loved it! Lots of great information and saw lots of cool wildlife. We will be going again! It was nice to be able to bring our own... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This boat ride was very relaxing and accommodating to all ages. Sat on the top deck in the very back enjoying the sun. The tour guides were knowledgable and engaging. Definitely not over the top though. The acoustics in the very back are non existent but didn't bother us one bit. Nice little 1.5 hr boat ride.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I took my grandsons on this boat trip and they loved it! Lots of great information and saw lots of cool wildlife. We will be going again! It was nice to be able to bring our own snacks and juice boxes :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The backwater tour is very nice. We were shocked it wasn't more crowded the Friday evening before Applefest. Recommend highly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Ours was part of our "Elvis Explosion" event weekend. Was offered to the Fans of the event. The Cruise was just awesome, as far as I know everyone in attendance really enjoyed it very much. Would love to go for longer period of time, just how much I enjoyed it. Crew was very, very nice also.

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McHenry, Illinois
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We enjoyed a very cold but awesome trip on the Mississippi River. The price was amazing at only $20.00 per person for a two hour cruise. We sat outside and while it was very cold, it was also the best spot to see Eagles and other wildlife. The Captain and the Naturalist were very informative and helpful. They gave us... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

As a transplanted New Englander, I am painfully missing the ocean. So on a hot summer night just a week ago, I decided to play tourist in my own town, and get myself out onto the water. The Mississippi Explorer is both a family-friendly and couples-friendly activity. The onboard biologist, who skillfully narrates for the first hour of the two-hour... More 

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Navarre, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We went on line to find a few things to do when we came to LaCrosse. Finding this 2 hour eco tour was like finding a gem. We made reservations in advance though by going after Labor Day weekend, 1030 AM tour, they really weren't needed. We did what a couple previous reviewers suggested and got in line early so... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

this boat gets way closer to the nature part of river life. small groups means you can ask questions and get great pictures. this is great trip for kids. you can bring picnic and beverages. if you are looking for something fancier, go down the dock to the other river tour, which is nice also, but if you are looking... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

As a local, I've been in the backwaters of the Mississippi many times. I thought the crew did a great job and I very much enjoyed seeing things again. I believe the out-of-towners also enjoyed the tour and appreciated the opportunity for a relaxed fun outing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

It seems like every day is a great day to take a cruise on the Mississippi. We took the morning tour, starting out at 10:30 for two hours. The pilot and tour guide were friendly and informative, and eager to answer all our questions. The tour took is outside the banks of the river, into some of the back waters... More 

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