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Address: 200 N Water St, Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone Number: 877-647-7397
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Fully-guided riverboat cruises through the wild and scenic backwaters of...

Fully-guided riverboat cruises through the wild and scenic backwaters of the Mississippi River's wildlife refuge. Our unique tours will take you within feet of beautiful backwater riverbanks, eagle nests, beaver lodges, turtle logs, muskrat huts, blooming lotus, water lilies, and more!

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Fall Foliage Wildlife Cruise

We attended the "Fall Foliage Wildlife Cruise" 9-7-15. We were a little early for peak fall colors, but still had gorgeous, colorful scenery. Annie, our boat captain and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 8, 2015
Schaumburg, Illinois
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Schaumburg, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

We attended the "Fall Foliage Wildlife Cruise" 9-7-15. We were a little early for peak fall colors, but still had gorgeous, colorful scenery. Annie, our boat captain and narrator, was very knowledgable, but more importantly, kept her talk fun and interesting. She has a great eye for spotting wildlife that most of us would have missed. We learned so many... More 

Thank VickyB1214
Aledo, Illinois
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We took the 2 hour fall foliage and wildlife cruise. The boat was very clean, the staff very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife along the river. Can't wait to go again!!

Thank Carol B
Lakewood Pierce County, Washington
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

When we arrived in Lansing we boarded the Mississippi Explorer, a boat rated to carry 98 passengers. We would spend the afternoon sailing through Pool 9 and Pool 10 of the Mississippi River. Capt. Annie Weymiller would conduct our tour, assisted by Bruce, a naturalist, who would discuss what to look for and explain what we saw. Annie explained the... More 

1 Thank cmrcl_pls
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

The tour was very relaxing as we cruised through the backwaters and the main channel. The guide was very knowledgeable and the captain knew what she was doing. Get there early so you can sit in the open in the front of the boat.

Thank coyotecaller
Madison, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

As a former resident of the Mississippi River Valley, it was with great pleasure my friends and I joined Annie and Karen for a 2 1/2 hour tour of the backwaters of the Mississippi. The two women are pleasant and very knowledgeable. The boat was perfect! Dixie, the person who set up the trip for us was a pure delight!... More 

2 Thank Sturgeon145
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87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

We almost didn't make the cruise as it was hard to see the boat behind the stone wall. Thanks to the woman on the phone who gave us step by step directions so we got there on time. As part of a long weekend we took our granddaughter on the sunset cruise. We all enjoyed the cruise - did wish... More 

1 Thank Grmabear
Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My daughter and two teen grandchildren thoroughly enjoyed the Sunset Wildlife Cruise. Saw a lot of eagles and a few other birds. Would have liked to have seen more wildlife but that cannot be controlled. The operator was knowledgeable about the wildlife. The cruise was very relaxing, we brought a picnic supper to eat during the cruise. It was also... More 

3 Thank jochafen
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Our family of four took this tour and had a nice time. Two hours was a little too long for our 11 year old daughter but she was fine. We enjoyed seeing Bald Eagles and deer. The captains are friendly and informative.

3 Thank Kansas_momma40
Wausau, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I agree with the 2011 reviewer. The Operators are very nice but offer very little detailed Eco information; just a pleasant ride on the river. The majority of the boat is enclosed while other boats in the area have open boats that allow the passengers to enjoy the breezes, fragrances, and the many birds singing on shore. Plus, it is... More 

5 Thank sajjuly
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81 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We enjoyed the 2:00 trip on the 4th of July. It was educational and interesting as we learned about the Mississippi and its wildlife. We were able to spot a few Bald Eagles, but because of the heat and the amount of boat traffic (pleasure boats) other creatures were hiding! This trip is very reasonable for 2 hours. We were... More 

3 Thank mrscold

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