The Great River Road

Following the Frost line!

Wakonda State Park, MO61, La Grange, Canton, Keokuk, River Road X28, Montrose, Fort Madison, Burlington, Muscatine, IA22, Fairport, Wildcat Den State Park, Devil’s Punchbowl, Pine Creek Grist Mill, Montpelier, Buffalo, Davenport, Le Claire, IA 67, Riverview Recreation Vehicle Park, Clinton, Eagle Point Park, Discovery Trail, Sabula, Eagles Island, Mississippi Palisades State Park, Maquoketa Caves State Park, Heritage Canyon, Fulton ILL, IA 52, Bellevue, St Donatus, Dubuque

Rain on our first day out left us to pulling up at the Wakonda State Park, MO. Park is nice but dated. We had a great time hunkered down in the rain for two days.

Been traveling from the south to the north of the country and I notice that most all US Flags are at half staff! I wonder if we will ever be happy again? With all the Christmas presents “AKA Stimulus Checks” I would guess everyone would be smiling, well don’t get me started! On a brighter note, I will be long gone by the time “the frogs notice the water is bowling”! I’m glad we lived our life’s when we could be proud Americans.

Enough with that! Before the Gas shortage gets a good grip on our plans we are moving right alone. Heading up the Great River Road toward Davenport.

At LaGrange IA. there is a nice gravel lot for the quick over night stay along the river or there are spots with Elect and pads provided by the Mark Twain Casino, sites are pretty sad looking. 40° 2’15.32″N 91°29’57.01″W . On north at Canton IA. there is a great city camp ground with elect water and pads right on the river, where you can watch the Barges coming down from the Lock and Dam and the channel is right next to the west back where you can enjoy the view. If $20. 40° 8’22.51″N 91°30’56.27″W

North of Keokuk IA. we found another great little park at the River view park in Montrose right on the river for an overnight stay. 40°32’1.08″N 91°24’51.35″W If you get on the River Road at Keokuk, you will find an great afternoon ride with a few pull offs. X28 is the road name. 40°24’46.69″N 91°22’48.04″W Just before Montrose the road got very pretty but had a slide the night before in a rain storm, but was no issue for seasoned travelers! Montrose also had a great park to pull up along side the river. After a morning of high adventure we pulled up at Fort Madison IA at the Rodeo Park.

The Great River Road between Burlington and Wapello Iowa “Hwy 99” is a little lame as the river is not near the road. You cross the Iowa River twice, witch is nice and there are the Toolesboro Indian Mounds. At Muscatine you can get off of Hwy 61 and follow the river again to Davenport IA 22. On IA 22 there are three or four Recreation campgrounds between the railroad track and the river. We also found the Wildcat Den State Park where you can park at the Pine Creek Grist Mill parking lot. There is four to seven miles of hiking trail in the park and of course the Grist Mill. If you get on the tails look for the Devil’s Punchbowl. At Davenport you can find your way onto US 67 and keep on the River Road north. There are also a number of bike trails in Davenport.

We found another great little pull out at Le Claire IA near the Buffalo Bill Museum . 41°35’59.59″N 90°20’33.55″W We came into Le Claire early on a Sunday morning and things where pretty slow. But if your into river front bars and restaurants there seem to be several in a very small area along US 76.

The Pickers Shop

Made it to Clinton, IA and took a spot at the Riverview Recreation Vehicle Park 41°51’5.36″N 90°11’5.70″W. Spent a couple days biking the trails and parks in the area. Park has dump station water and electric on concrete pads also showers for $22. It is a requirement that you like the trains! Our fridge when out here and we held up for a week waiting for that and for the weather up north to catch up to our liking. Took a day trip to the town of Sabula IA. A small town on an island on the Mississippi. Crossed the river for a day trip into Savanna, ILL. And found the Mississippi Palisades State Park. Very nice and lots of views of the river.

We took a couple of day trips, one west of Clinton and found the Maquoketa Caves State Park. Very nice valley full of natural bridge caves. And it has a nice RV park that is $20 with Electric. If you can still walk, you need to visit this park and the Heritage Canyon that is in Fulton ILL. Just across the river from Clinton. Both are free or small donation. And both offer a full afternoon of exploring.

After heading up to Sabula and getting on IA 52 we made it to Dubuque and crossed the Mississippi into Wisconsin. I have to recommend Bellevue and St Donatus on IA 52. Bellevue is a very nice river town next to a dam on the Mississippi and has really nice only homes to admire. If we weren’t already a week behind our schedule we would have spend more time there. We have only traveled the Great River Road through Iowa this time. We have in years passed been on the Road in Missouri and Mississippi. And found it to always be full of fun and suppresses. Safe Travels

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