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Lansing, IA Mississippi River Cruises

Mississippi River Boat Rides Lansing IA
The Mississippis past comes alive when you visit the Lansing River History Museum where the best commercial river fishing exhibits are displayed. Antique outboard motors and ice harvesting are two of the other popular exhibits at the museum. No trip to Lansing is complete without a trap to Mt. Hosmer which offers views of states and the Missisippi River.

We do allow our passengers to bring aboard their own beverages and snacks on boat rides & cruises. We also permit coolers to be carried on.

Public Cruise Schedule & Prices for 2016
Our Lansing Port offer privately chartered cruises as well as specialty Fall Migratory Birding Cruises (offered weekends in November). See below for prices and cruise descriptions. Private Charters are available for groups of 30 or larger beginnng in May through November. Please call for more information.

5 & 6, 12 & 13: 3-hr Fall Migration Cruise: 1 pm.
Boarding will begin 1/2-hr before departure time and passengers can pay either by check, cash or credit card (Visa or MC) at the boat upon arrival. Reservations are highly recommended for these cruises & can be made by phone or online HERE. Passengers are allowed to bring their own food and drink. Cameras and binoculars are highly recommended. Although the boat cabin is heated, please dress appropriately for current weather conditions. The boat does have a restroom. Phone: 877-647-7397 ext. 1 or 563-586-4444 ext. 1

May - November
Private Charters:

If you would like to schedule a cruise out of our Lansing Port, please call us directly and we will be glad to setup a experience that will be expereinced for years! Private tours such as coississippi Explorer toll-free at: 877-647-7397 ext. 1 or 563-586-4444 ext. 1. You can also email us at:

2-Hour Cruises
Adults (12+): $25 + tax; Youth (ages 4-11): $19 + tax; Child (0-3 yrs): Free

Fall Migration 3-Hr Cruises
Adults (12+): $40 + tax; Youth (ages 4-11): $35 + tax; Child (0-3 yrs): Free

 Cruise Descriptions
Please note: All of our cruises venture off of the main-channel of the Mississippi River and into the scenic and wild backwaters. Extraordinary wildlife can be seen on each and every one of our cruises. However, in order to give you the best "Mississippi River" experience, we will visit the unique natural events that occur at certain times throughout the year. This is why we feature "Bald Eagle Watching", Lotus & Lily", "Nesting Bald Eagles", "Autumn Wildlife" and other exciting cruises periodically. They are still our fantastic Wildlife Cruise, but with a different spotlight angle!

"Wildlife Cruise"
Spend time on Americas River with our signature 2-hr backwater cruise designed specifically for nature lovers and sightseers. Explore a variety of wetland habitats including open water, narrow backwater sloughs, and side channels along riverside bluffs and floodplain forests.  Highlights include up close views of Bald Eagle nests, Beaver Lodges, sunning Turtles, Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Red Fox, playful River Otters, and much more! This is a fully-narrated cruise with interesting insight from the captain and onboard naturalist.

"Bald Eagles On the Nest"
Incorporated into our Wildlife Cruises throughout May & June, these cruises highlight the three active Bald Eagles Nests within our Prairie du Chien backwater routes. This is a wonderful time to view the majestic eagles from a closer perspective! Join us as we watch the Bald Eaglets on the nest as they grow & learn to fly & fish on their own (Mom & Dad are usually always nearby too!).

"Lotus & Lily"
Incorporated into our Wildlife Cruises during the last part of July and into mid August, these cruises highlight the flowering American Lotus and Water Lilies. Come with us as we slowly navigate through the open-water pathways found in the immense fields of these breathtaking and fragrant aquatic plants.

"Sunset Wildlife Cruise"
What could be better than a Mississippi River backwater cruise? Our animal friends stay hidden during the hot afternoons and wait until this time to venture out. Bring along your own food and beverage of choice and prepare for an evening of pure delight. There is no better time to be on the Mighty Miss!

"Autumn Wildlife Cruise"
View the spectacular fall foliage colors on the bluffs surrounding the river valley inside or outside of our sightseeing riverboat cabins. With the vegetation dying and the leaves fall off the trees, it is also a fantastic time to spot many of the critters that call the Upper Miss wildlife refuge home. A very popular cruise for autumn sightseers with great photo opportunities for everyone! This is a narrated cruise with insight from the captain and onboard naturalist.

"Fall Migration Cruise"
Departing in November from our Lansing, Iowa port, these spectacular cruises are our last of the year! These migration tours offer an extended first-hand birding experience in key Mississippi River Flyway habitats. Experienced bird-watchers and river naturalists will accompany each cruise and provide interpretation and bird-watching identification and assistance. Visitors will experience amazing close-up views of thousands of elegant tundra swans and hundreds of thousands of a wide variety of ducks plus numerous bald eagles, Canada geese, pelicans, cormorants, and other wildlife. Snacks and drinks will be served at no extra charge aboard these season-ending cruises. This is a fully-narrated cruise with interesting insight from the captain and onboard naturalists.

If you are interested in one of our cruises or have other questions, please call.
For more information regarding tickets, reservations, schedules, or private charters, please call 
us toll-free at (877) 647-7397.

Cancellation Policy
Guests should arrive 10-25 mins prior to departure. Unclaimed reservations will be made available to others 25 mins prior to departure.

Individual cancellations made at least 48 hours prior to departure will be given a refund (less a 5% processing fee). No penalty rescheduling can be made up to 24 hours prior to departure time. Cancellation of private group trips must be made at least 3 weeks prior to departure date. We reserve the right to cancel/modify any scheduled trip for any reason deemed necessary such as severe weather, river conditions, technical problems, minimum passenger numbers, etc. In the case of a cancellation by the company, customers will have the option of rescheduling or receiving a refund.

Tickets and Reservations:

Mississippi River Cruises Lansing IATickets can be purchased at our ticket booth, located at the foot of Main Street in downtown Lansing, 1/2-hr prior to departure. If you are interested in one of our cruises, please call. If we are unavailable, leave your name, phone number, cruise name and date, and how many seats you would like to reserve. We will save you your spot and call you back with a confirmation asap.
Interested in a Group Tour or a Private Charter at our Lansing, Iowa location?


Contact Us:

Toll-free: (877) 647-7397 ext. 1
Local: (563) 586-4444


Mailing Address:

Mississippi Explorer Cruises
1913 Old Mill Drive
Lansing, IA 52151

Lansing: 60 S. Front Street, Lansing, IA 52151
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