Welcome To Mississippi Explorer Cruises!
Come and explore the Mississippi River as you never have before, from the decks of our Mississippi Explorer riverboats. Our cruises are centered around the amazing diversity and ecology that the Upper Mississippi Nat'l Wildlife and Fish Refuge offers. We take our passengers off the beaten track of the river's main-channel and into the backwaters of the Mississippi - much like a relaxing drive down a scenic country road! Come explore with us and see more than what the main-channel restricted competitors could ever hope to show you. With four great locations and many other "stopping points" on the Mississippi River, we hope you think of us for your next family, business, or group event. Please click on the area under OUR PORTS that you are interested in for schedules, prices, maps, and other helpful information. We are also excited to announce that you are able to now buy your reservations online! Check this option out and book your cruise experience today!
Scheduled and Charter cruises from the Ports of:
• La Crosse, Wisconsin (at Riverside Park)
• Lansing, Iowa
• Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (at Lawler Park)
• Galena, Illinois (at Chestnut Mountain Resort)
Mississippi Explorer Cruises was recognized by Woman's Day magazine as one of their "25 Memorable Summer Vacations"!
"Greetings, my family and I were thrilled with our experiences with Mississippi Explorer Cruises on July 5th with the tour to Sny Magill Mounds. I cannot say enough how much fun we had. We were the ones with the young kids who camped out in the front of the boat. It was the highlight of our trip. We will definitely be back and will encourage all our friends and family to go on one of your cruises. Ranger Merle was a treasure. And you, Captain Jack, were a great source of info on the river, its wildlife and the life working on the river. My wife and I are already seriously considering a weekend this fall on the river. Thank you so much for the great trip!"
Jason Murphy and family
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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Mississippi Explorer Cruises offers scheduled Wildlife Cruises, Sunset Wildlife Cruises, Autumn Wildlife Cruises, Music on the River Cruises, Group Tours, and Private Charters on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Complete public cruise schedules, prices, and cruise descriptions are listed under each specific port.
Private charters and group tours are available to groups of 20 and more. Click on PRIVATE TOURS & CHARTERS or Contact Us for more information.
Private Charter Options Include:
- Wildlife Cruises & Sunset Wildlife Cruises
- Backwater Sightseeing Cruises
- Bird and Eagle Watching Cruises
- School Field Trips
- Family Reunions
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Cruises
- Company/Organization Outings
- 3 or 4-hr Expedition Cruises
- Lock and Dam Cruises