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In fact, Big River Magazine is one of the best ways to learn about the Upper Mississippi. Although he concentrates on the couple of hundred miles between the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN) and the Quad Cities (Moline and Rock Island IL, Bettendorf and Davenport IA) editor Reggie McLeod is broadly interested in the river all the way down to St. Louis.
"Broadly interested" is a good phrase to describe Reggie and Big River. The web site has lots of fun stuff, such as tracking the blogs of adventurers going down the river on everything from paddleboards to canoes. All of the links to river management agencies for this stretch of the river are linked here. And the site contains a good listing of current issues affecting the river, the valley, and the communities that call this area home.
For what it's worth, I think the most beautiful stretch of the entire Mississippi River is the part between LaCrosse WI and Dubuque IA. If you ever find yourself with a spare weekend, make the trip. And use Reggie McLeod's Big River magazine and web site to plan your trip.
You can thank me when you get back!
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