Fall Paddling Trip on the Mississippi River

Hurstville Interpretive Center, Jackson County

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Fall Paddling Trip on the Mississippi River       

September 29 – October 1

Take part in a multi-day paddling trip on the Mississippi River from Dubuque to Bellevue. Enjoy fall colors and educational programs while taking in the sights and sounds of the river. Learn about many aspects of the river community, including mussel research, turtle and fish populations, the return of the peregrine falcon, and the history of voyagers. 

Tuesday, September 29: Paddle ~8 miles from AY McDonald Park to Massey Marina

Tuesday's Highlights: a stop at the National Mississippi River Museum, presentation about peregrine falcons and birds of prey, a stop at Mines of Spain and presentation from park staff, learn about mussels of the river at Nine Mile Island. 

Wednesday, September 30: Paddle ~15 miles from Massey to Spruce Creek Park (this will be a longer day on the water, previous paddling experience is recommended)

Wednesday's Highlights: a longer paddling day on the river, learn about the history of voyageurs on the river by Mark Wagner

Thursday, October 1: Paddle ~7 miles from Spruce to Pleasant Creek

Thursday's Highlights: paddle through the lock in Bellevue, learn how the lock and dam system on the river works from retired lock master Bill Hainstock, stop at the Bellevue Fisheries Station to learn about turtle and fish populations. 


Sponsored by Dubuque and Jackson County Conservation departments.

Participants can bring their own vessel or borrow a canoe or kayak from the county conservation departments.

Participants are asked to practice social distancing with other participants. Participants should bring a mask for instances when social distancing might not be able to be maintained. This event is for adults, older youth are welcome with an adult. 

Cost is $10 per day or $25 for all 3 days. Cost includes: use of canoes or kayaks (if you don’t have your own), education programs, and guided trip. Participants need to provide their own food and shuttling. 

Registration is required. Register by calling either conservation department (numbers below) and mailing a check or register online. When registering online, chose the $10 option (individual) if signing up for one day (indicate which day in the notes), click the $25 option (family registration is how it is listed, but it is for one person) if planning to attend all 3 days. Please indicate in the notes if you have your own kayak or canoe or need to borrow one of ours. If registering by mail, send a check to Friends of JCC 18670 63rd Street Maquoketa, Iowa 52060

Cost of camping is not included; participants wishing to camp can pay the day of at the respective campgrounds (Massey $13-19 /night; Spruce Creek $18-22/night - campsites will be available for tents and campers).

For more information call (563) 556-6745 or (563) 652-3783.

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Fall Paddling Trip on the Mississippi River


Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Thursday, October 1, 2020


Mississippi River
Dubuque to Bellevue
Bellevue, IA 52031
For more information call Jackson County Conservation at (563) 652-3783 or Dubuque County Conservation at (563) 556-6745.
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Adults - $10.00

Family - $25.00


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