Monday, September 3, 2012

Along Iowa's Great River Road


Iowa's portion of the Great River Road along the Mississippi River stretches from Lansing to Keokuk in the south. These roads are part of confederation of national, state and county roadways running three thousand miles from Minnesota to Louisiana. Both sides of the river have designated roadways where travelers can experience the Mississippi close-up. Scenic roadways wind through small and large towns and rural areas. These photos are from Guttenberg, in northeast Iowa. Here Lock and Dam #10 maintains a thirty-some mile long pool of navigable water for upper Mississippi River commercial and pleasure craft traffic.



Today being Labor Day, the river hosted fleets of pleasure craft. A bit of rain tried to move through the area which added to the hazy and warm conditions. Near the end of the day many boats were seen being towed home, indicating the end of the long weekend or end of the boating season.