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La Crosse Queen

Date – Thursday, August 27th
Time – 7-9 p.m.

The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the late 19th Century. Departing from La Crosse Wisconsin, it is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the United States today. As part of this two-hour evening cruise, the La Crosse Queen will paddle upstream on the main channel of the Mississippi River. A guide will explain facts and trivia of the historical and present day river, along with local points of interest such as Lock and Dam #7. Along the way, you may see eagles and other wildlife as the tour cruises past the steep bluffs lining the river. As part of the tour you can enjoy complimentary pizza and beer or soda while searching for wildlife, enjoying the view, and/or mingling with friends and colleagues.

Some other features of La Crosse Queen include:

  • A lower deck that is climate controlled and an upper deck that has a canopied cover which is open at the sides for viewing.
  • A full service bar serving beer, cocktails, pop and snack food.

The La Crosse Queen is wheelchair accessible. The boat is equipped with restrooms, however, you are advised to make a restroom stop prior to boarding as the boat’s facilities are limited.

Details – Tour is limited to 100 people; transportation to/from the departure/arrival site will NOT be provided

Mississippi River Explorer

Date – Monday, August 24th
Time – 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jump onboard the Mississippi Explorer riverboat and explore scenic backwater and wetland areas away from the busy main-channel of the river. Unreachable by other passenger vessels, the Explorer ventures into side-channels such as: Broken Arrow, Swift Creek, Mormon, and Running Sloughs. The tour often includes stops at beaver lodges, lotus fields, and active bald eagle nests. The cruise will be professionally guided and narrated by qualified and experienced wildlife naturalists and licensed captains. Last, but certainly not least, the boat has an onboard restroom, comfortable seating, a weather-protected cabin, and a very friendly and professional crew! Food and drinks are not available for purchase on the boat; however, carry-on food and drinks, including beer and wine, are allowed and welcome. Coolers are also permitted, but they should be reasonably sized.

Details – Tour is limited to 60 people; transportation to/from the departure/arrival site will NOT be provided

Self-guided excursion options for the 2015 ISRS meeting (2 page PDF)