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Mississippi River

The steam-powered Lone Star

The steam-powered Lone Star

The steam-powered Lone Star is the last running and the only intact wood-hulled paddleboat that plied the Mississippi River. It sits in a glass-enclosed museum in LeClaire, Iowa. 

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Great River Road

Great River Road

Signs mark the Great River Road, a federal byway that runs along the Mississippi River in 10 states. 

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Great River Road

Great River Road

The Great River Road stretches 2,159 miles from Minnesota to Lousiana through 10 states along the Mississippi River.

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LeClaire, Iowa, is a colorful Mississippi River stop on America’s Great River Road

LeClaire, Iowa, is a colorful Mississippi River stop on America’s Great River Road

LECLAIRE, Iowa — Perched on the west bank of the Mississippi River, LeClaire sits on the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

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Even a novice can play captain in a houseboat on the Mississippi

Even a novice can play captain in a houseboat on the Mississippi

ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN ALMA, WIS., AND MINNEISKA, MINN. — They say anyone can drive a houseboat on the mighty Mississippi, and they’re mostly right — once you accept that operating a 55-foot houseboat on the Mississippi is simply like maintaining an apartment crossed with operating…

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Lazy afternoon

Lazy afternoon

Passing a lazy afternoon on a houseboat on the Mississippi River.

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Houseboat on the Mississippi

Houseboat on the Mississippi

Driving the houseboat on the Mississippi River near Alma, Wis.

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Wisconsin shore

Wisconsin shore

The Wisconsin shore on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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Houseboat on the Mississippi River

Houseboat on the Mississippi River

Watching the Mississippi River flow after a day on the houseboat.

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Sunset reflects on a houseboat

Sunset reflects on a houseboat

Sunset reflected on a houseboat on the Mississippi River.

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Mighty Mississippi

Mighty Mississippi

All Fun 'N the Sun boats have a gas grill on the mighty Mississippi.

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Houseboat on the Mississippi River

Houseboat on the Mississippi River

A houseboat sits on the Mississippi River at sunset.

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Fun 'N the Sun houseboat rentals

Fun 'N the Sun houseboat rentals

Matt Gleiter of Fun ‘N the Sun houseboat rentals, left, teaches Chicago Tribune travel writer Josh Noel the finer points of operating a houseboat.

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Sunset on the Mississippi River

Sunset on the Mississippi River

A sunset is seen from a houseboat on the Mississippi River.

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Rainbow over the Mississippi River

Rainbow over the Mississippi River

After a storm, a rainbow emerges over the Mississippi River.

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US reviews ideas for boosting West's water supply

DENVER — Demand for water in a river basin that serves more than 36 million people in the West and Mexico is expected to overwhelm supply in the next half-century as the region grows. So the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation asked the public what to do about it.

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Debate about Missouri River spending roils

Debate about Missouri River spending roils

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A proposed boost in spending for environmental projects along the Missouri River is angering farmers who claim last year's flooding is evidence that the spending focus needs to shift to flood protection. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disputes the idea that flood pro…

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Outdoors just for kids: Goldeye fun sport fish for beginning anglers

Outdoors just for kids: Goldeye fun sport fish for beginning anglers

I was fishing the Yellowstone River this summer when a fat, silvery fish snatched my grasshopper dry fly off the top of the water. Expecting a rainbow trout, I was surprised to see a goldeye when I hoisted the flapping football-shaped fish up next to the raft.

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