Gays Mills Orchard Ridge – Numerous orchards in the Gays Mills, WI area just 17 miles from Ferryville. Purchase or pick your own. Apple Festival is the last of September.
Blackhawk Recreation Area and Marker – Desoto, the marker commemorates the site of the 1832 Battle of Bad Axe, where Chief Black Hawk and his band of Sauk followers made their historic stand against the U.S. infantry.
Cabela’s – Hwy. 35 N, Prairie du Chien, WI. 40,000 sq. ft. retail showroom offers the latest in hunting, fishing and outdoor gear.
Clements Fishing Barge – Highway 35 float is located just below Lock and Dam #8, 20 minutes North of Ferryville, WI. Walleye, sauger, perch, panfish and more. Captain Hook’s Bait and Tackle located in nearby Genoa, WI.
Hubbard’s Fishing Float – Highway 35 Float is located just below Lock and Dam #9, 15 minutes south of Ferryville, WI. The fishing float offers great fishing in a prime spot for those who do not have a boat. Fishing tackle available.
Rush Creek State Natural Area – (2000+ acres) some of the Midwest’s premier turkey and deer hunting public land. Only 5 minutes north of Ferryville, WI.
Great River Road Interpretive Center
S5631 State Hwy 35 (GRR), Genoa, WI54632
The National Fish Hatchery and Great River Road Interpretive Center focuses on the recovery of endangered aquatic species, education and providing fish for area waters. The hatchery is open for tours during business hours 8 am – 3:30 pm and the Interpretive Center is open from 9 am – 4 pm daily. A boardwalk path takes visitors on a self-guided tour through a marsh with native plants, dragonflies, frogs and wildlife, easily seen.
The GRR Interpretive Center opened to the public on June 1, 2018. Built as a collaborative effort with the National Scenic Byways Program and the US Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission to educate and inform GRR travelers on the unique geography, natural history and local history of the region, while instilling a conservation message to the public. It has a “living roof” with native plantings to help insulate the structure. There are 3 levels in the building and a small theater. A bluff wall exhibit with bird mountings such as the American Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon show the natural habitat and local landscape. An interactive exhibit with changing content allows the user to search for information about the Great River Road, history and early culture of the region. Exhibits go beyond the story of the Hatchery, featuring significant histories of the area, including the pearl button industry and the Battle of Bad Axe-the final battle of the Black Hawk War. In April 2020 a new exhibit opened in the Center, documenting the history of the construction of Lock & Dam #8 – Genoa, a Works Progress Administration Program (WPA of the Depression Era.)
Rush Creek Nature Area
The outstanding feature of Rush Creek is a two-mile long series of dry, alkaline prairies situated on the steep southwest facing limestone-capped bluffs of the Mississippi River. These “goat prairies”, named for their steep, rocky terrain, are part of the most extensive dry prairie remnants left in the state. While most Wisconsin prairies were lost to the plow or development, Rush Creek’s steepness and dry southwestern exposure are largely responsible for its preservation.
Characteristic plants include lead-plant, little blue-stem, side-oats grama, silky aster, blazing-star, wood betony, compass plant, and bird’s-foot violet. The narrow north and east-facing slopes bluff tops are forested with red and white oak and a significant amount of black walnut, hickory, basswood, sugar maple, and aspen. Common shrubs and mid-canopy species include gray and round-leaved dogwood, American hazelnut, sumac, and ironwood with a good diversity of woodland herbs and forbs.
The spring-fed Rush Creek is cool and clear and supports a floodplain forest of silver and red maples, elm, cottonwood, river birch, and willow. The extensive nature and diversity of vegetation make Rush Creek important habitat for numerous rare plants and animals. Rush Creek is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1981.
Sugar Creek Bluff
Ferryville, WI (take North Buck Creek Road off Hwy 35)
Just over 2 miles long, the trail up Sugar Creek Bluff in Ferryvlle, WI (take North Buck Creek Road off Hwy 35) brings you to a magnificent view of he Mississippi River and the Great River Road. Part of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, this trail will reward hikers with wildlife viewing as well as being a great location for birding and viewing the local flora. The prairie at the top of the trail is a great spot for spying Bald Eagles, Hawks, Turkey Vultures, migrating birds in season and much more.
Sugar Creek Bluff contains a rich prairie flora with such species as prairie drop-seed, big and little blue-stem, New Jersey tea, flowering spurge, prairie coreopsis, bird’s-foot violet, downy painted-cup, and bastard-toadflax. Red oak, white oak, shagbark hickory, white ash, and basswood dominate the dry-mesic forest. The forest ground flora is diverse and includes numerous spring ephemerals and early summer species including spring beauty, dutchman’s-breeches, hepaticas, bloodroot, columbine, and toothwort. Sugar Creek Bluff was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.
For 20 years, Mississippi Valley Conservancy has been working to make Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area near Ferryville in Crawford County a star among its land conservation projects in Western Wisconsin. Thanks to prairie restoration, wetland improvement, invasive species removal and trail work, the bluff and its companion wetland can reward visitors with wildlife sightings and blooming flowers such as hoary puccoon, leadplant or monkey-flower. The rare cerulean warbler and red shouldered hawk are among the birds you may see there.
Hikers will also find, at the prairie overlook, an expansive panoramic view of the Mississippi River and the bluffs beyond. Barge and other river traffic are part of the view. Hawks, eagles and turkey vultures may drift by, soaring on the thermals rising from the bluffs. In any season, the view is beautiful.
Effigy Mounds National Monument – National Park Service property – Iowa’s only national monument the Effigy Mounds. There are 206 known prehistoric American Indian mounds within the borders of the park. Open year-round.
Fish Farm Mounds – Fish Farm Mounds State Preserve is a three-acre prehistoric cemetery (mound group) locate in the southern portion of the 576-acre Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area. The preserve contains a cluster of thirty conical mounds of various sizes, which were built by Native American from 100 B.C. to9 650 A. D. The Wildlife Area is mostly wooded and is abundant with wildlife, making it a popular hunting area.
Lady Luck Casino – Marquette, IA – Over 750 slots, table games, regional and headline entertainment.
Lansing, Iowa (8 miles) – Just across the river and has several points of interest. There are 5 bars/restaurants and a grocery store, along with a liquor store and gas stations. There are also hardware stores, unique gift shops and historic places to visit.
Mt. Hosmer in Lansing, Iowa – Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of three states (Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota) and the beautiful Mississippi River simply by driving to the top of Mt. Hosmer Scenic Overlook Park.
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