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Address: 200 N Water St, Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone Number: 877-647-7397
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Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sat 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: 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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Enjoyable boat tour down Mississippi River

The two hour boat tour down Mississippi River very scenic and relaxing. The guide is very knowledgeable about the history and the conditions of the the river, and would point out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The two hour boat tour down Mississippi River very scenic and relaxing. The guide is very knowledgeable about the history and the conditions of the the river, and would point out plants and wildlife alike as we pass them.

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Modesto, California
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214 attraction reviews
519 helpful votes 519 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I was part of a Road Scholar group touring the upper Mississippi River area and a four hour cruise on the Explorer was part of our tour program in early October. Our group of about 42 adults had the boat to ourselves. It was a great experience for all. The boat has both inside and outside seating, although most of... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A nice way to spend a few hours enjoying the fall foliage while learning about the history and wildlife in the area. Chris wa a a very knowledgeable guide. The boat was no where near capacity and you can bring your own snacks and drinks which was nice.we enjoy it.

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Sussex
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We took the sunset wildlife cruise and had a great time. It was early October, beautiful, clear, sunny late afternoon. The colors were gorgeous and we saw lots of wildlife. The crew was very knowledgeable and we saw eagles, their nests, turtles, beavers, blue herons and just beautiful scenery.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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133 reviews 133 reviews
49 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

What you see varies by the time of year. We went in the fall and saw fall foliage and wildlife... eagle nests, eagles flying, beaver abodes and plenty of river turtles. Very friendly and knowledgeable boat crew. Fun for kids.

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Nw Chicago Suburbs
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The time flew by on this Mississippi River excursion. It was a chilly mid-October afternoon, but their were plenty of blankets available for those who wished to see outside. The large windows were very clean so you were able to see very well if you opted for the warmer cabin area. Annie, the pilot, has an amazing ability to spot... More 

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lime springs
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Annie and Chris really know their river history and have a good eye to spot wildlife. The morning cruise we took it was cloudy and only 13 on board. Made it really nice because they could help anyone who was not able to see the wildlife they were pointing out. Even sharing their binoculars with those ones. Restroom onboard. Very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Very friendly and accommodating staff. Enjoyable and informative river tour with plenty of eagles, beaver dams, muskrats and more!

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Muskego, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was our third time on the Mississippi Explorers, twice out of La Crosse and this tome Prairie du Chien. This is a very enjoyable and informative experience. Annie and Carla were very knowledgeable about the river and the wildlife native to the area. We saw many eagles, vultures, frogs, and other wildlife habitats. In about another month there will... More 

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Emmetsburg, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We took the sunset cruise on a warm evening in August. There was no breeze, and the windows only partially opened. Four rows of benches inside, facing each other. To look out, you either had to be able to turn your neck 180 degrees or look over another row of people. Average age of cruisers was around 70. The boat... More 

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