About Mississippi Explorer Cruises
Professionally guided by experts and USCG licensed captains, our tours are a great way to view the inner workings of the longest river in North America.
In addition to the cruises listed, many other "Specialty" cruises can be found only on our website. Listed under the specific port locations, they include: Music on the River, Lotus & Lily, and Fall Migration Cruises. You'll also find many interesting historical and educational cruises listed under our "Backwater Speaker Series" which spotlight well-known authors, naturalists, scholars, and historians!
Group Tours and Private Charter Cruises
Groups require a minimum of 20 passengers, available at all ports, call for further details.
Our fleet of eight Mississippi Explorer vessels are based at our home ports of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Lansing, Iowa; Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin; and Galena, Illinois.
In La Crosse, we operate the Mississippi Explorer 7 at the southern end of Riverside Park across from the Radisson Hotel. Free parking can be found along Front Street or Veteran's Memorial Drive.
In Lansing, our vessels are conveniently docked on the riverfront just south of Main Street. In Prairie du Chien, cruises depart from the Lawler Park riverfront on St. Feriole Island. The Mississippi Explorer's 3 and 4 are the primary Prairie du Chien riverboats. Free parking is available along Water Street. Be sure to stop and visit our Ticket Booth located on Black Hawk Avenue at the entrance of Lawler Park.
At Galena, cruises depart from the scenic Chestnut Mountain Resort. The boat used at Chestnut is probably the Mississippi Explorer 1.