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Mississippi Explorer Cruises

Address: 200 N Water St, Prairie du Chien, WI
Phone Number: 877-647-7397
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Owner description: Fully-guided riverboat cruises through the wild and scenic backwaters of the Mississippi River's...
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Hours:
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
Owner description: 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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Modesto, California
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460 reviews 460 reviews
198 attraction reviews
472 helpful votes 472 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the money. Couldn't have been happier with the tour guide and captain of the boat. Tour was very laid back but informative. We were on the sunset wildlife tour.

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