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The Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is Port Byron’s front yard. She is a river of many moods, constantly changing and full of surprises. She is sometimes calm, sometimes rough and sometimes out of her banks. Whatever her mood she’s always magical!

Port Byron is located on the Upper Mississippi River on the lower end of Pool 14, one of the best pools on the Upper Mississippi River with nearly 30 miles of open water, great beaches, calm coves and gorgeous scenery. Whether you enjoy fishing, skiing, tubing, cruising, sightseeing, wildlife, camping or just being on the water; you’ll have lots of great places to explore and enjoy in Pool 14.

In the Summer the Riverboat Twilight is a frequent sight on its’ regular trips between Le Claire and Dubuque, Iowa. The Calliope can be heard all over town as it passes.

A Working River

With as many recreational opportunities the Mississippi River provides it’s easy to forget sometimes how important the river is to commerce.

Almost 70 percent of U.S. ag exports travel the upper Mississippi River and the Illinois waterway system.
~ Jerry Costello ~


Grain is the primary commodity transported on the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, comprising about half of the tonnage on the upper Mississippi and 40 percent of the Illinois River traffic. It is estimated these rivers annually originate about 36 million metric tons of corn and soybeans that are primarily destined for export at lower Mississippi River ports. – Courtesy USDA

Rolling Along

The Mississippi is constantly in motion, constantly bringing new sights and sounds that travel past on their way to the Gulf.

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
~ Hal Boyle ~


The Mississippi River flows through ten states before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico. With an average flow of 20,000 cubic meters per second, the Mississippi is classified as one of the largest rivers in the world.

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