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Address: 200 N Water St, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821-1335
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+1 877-647-7397
11:00 - 13:00
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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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When you board the boat, I don't recommend being the first, and sitting in the very front of the boat. Those seats are in the sun if it's sunny, or in the rain if it's raining... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Chaska, Minnesota
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Chaska, Minnesota
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79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When you board the boat, I don't recommend being the first, and sitting in the very front of the boat. Those seats are in the sun if it's sunny, or in the rain if it's raining. Directly behind the front seat is a very comfortable seat with a roof over it. And you can see just as much from there,... More 

Thank Sieg1313
Chicago, Illinois
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503 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2016

The November weather gods worked their magic when we took the fall migration cruise the first weekend in November. Not only was the weather picture perfect, but the birds were out in masses. We booked online and showed up on time to find a woman checking off names at the top of the stairs you take to reach the boat.... More 

Thank Babu2773
East Anglia
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165 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Once you find the ticket booth on Blackhawk Avenue you are home and dry as Dixie will give you all necessary info. and an easy to follow map. The booth is not far from the boat itself which is docked in an area with spacious parking and toilets. You spend some time on the main river and see some of... More 

Thank DerbyshireElaine
Newell, Iowa
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45 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Bought tickets online and the ticket booth was very easy to find. Since the water level was up we had to use a different boat dock and with the map that they provided at the ticket booth it was very easy to arrive at the designated boat dock. Enjoyed the narration and the scenic boat cruise very much. Bathroom on... More 

2 Thank lbtmtraveler
Cascade, Wisconsin
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43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We ordered our tickets online and picked them up at their small ticket booth on Blackhawk Street [about 1/2 block west of intersection of Blackhawk and Highway 18]. The riverboat is in the process of moving their dock, so it is a good idea to stop at the booth for accurate directions to the dock The booth is open one... More 

3 Thank lark77
Ripon, Wisconsin, United States
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39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We had a hard time finding the place to purchase our tickets compared to where the boat was docked, but it was definitely worth searching it out. The captain and the guide were very friendly and knowledgeable. The guide gave lots of history of the area, pointed out wildlife along the shoreline, and was entertaining as well. Our two children... More 

2 Thank Jamie V
Monroe, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

It was raining and stormy about an hour prior to our departure and the company called us to say there would be a half an hour delay..to make sure it would be safe to cruise. They kept us updated and we did get to depart as anticipated. It did rain most of the trip..but had plenty of indoor seating and... More 

3 Thank jerrykim6969
Schaumburg, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 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 

3 Thank VickyB1214
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 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!!

3 Thank Carol B
Lakewood Pierce County, Washington
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 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 

3 Thank cmrcl_pls

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