A Different Lens

A Different Lens

9-Jul-2021 Friday Port of Dubuque, Dubuque IA (~UMR mile 580) to DeSoto Bay WI (~UMR mile 662) (78.5 nautical miles 90.4 statute miles)

43°25’47.0″N 91°12’25.2″W
43.429712, -91.206998
Elevation: 620 feet     Elevation change: 22 feet
States (3): Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin

Locks (3):
Lock 11 – mile 583, Dubuque, IA
Lock 10 – mile 615, Guttenberg, IA
Lock 9 – mile 648, Lynxville, WI and Harpers Ferry, IA

Destination Mississippi River Statute Mile 830
Remaining Statute Miles: 168
Remaining number of Locks: 8

Along the Way

Entered Wisconsin just before we reached Lock 11 – mile 583, Dubuque, IA

We had plenty of time to look at Lock 11. The lock had just started moving a southbound tow into it. Two hour wait.

We are in the Driftless Area. Rugged rock bluffs and huge hill on both sides the Mississippi River. The upper Mississippi River is a great place to end our great run.

It was a gray day. It was time to try a different lens. Here’s to hoping things look cheerier.


Things do look brighter!

We got to spend a little over an hour looking at Lock 10 – mile 615, Guttenberg, IA while we waited for a tow to pass. Fortunately it was a small one 2×3 barges. It could all fit in the lock at one time.

Our turn. The lockmaster squeezed us through while a barge was disassembling for passage.

By the time we got to Lock 9 – mile 648, Lynxville, WI and Harpers Ferry, IA the sun was going down but the sky was brightening up.

There were quite a few people camping along this stretch of the river.


The Driftless Area is a region in southwestern Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and the extreme northwestern corner of Illinois, of the American Midwest. The region’s distinctive terrain is due to its having been bypassed by the last continental glacier. The term “driftless” indicates a lack of glacial drift, the deposits of silt, gravel, and rock that retreating glaciers leave behind. It is characterized by steep, forested ridges, deeply carved river valleys, and karst geology characterized by spring-fed waterfalls and cold-water trout streams.

Drolleries and Yuks

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