Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cruising the Mississippi River on Channel Cat {Quad Cities}

Channel Cat Cruises on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities

After soaking in some spectacular water views in the Quad Cities, we had to spend some time on the water ourselves. Cue the Channel Cat!


Channel Cat dock in East Davenport, Iowa
Channel Cat dock in East Davenport, Iowa
The Channel Cat runs through the summer months and weekends through October  weather permitting. The ferry has four stops along the Mississippi River-- two in Iowa and two in Illinois. You can hop on and hop off at the stops to explore or sit back and enjoy the entire loop on the Mississippi -- which is what we did!

Incredible homes along the Mississippi River in Iowa
Incredible homes along the Mississippi River in Iowa
You do get quite a different perspective of your environs on the river. We spotted some remarkable houses along the shore! They look so lovely perched up above the river.

Outcrops and water levels along Mississippi River
Outcrops and water levels along Mississippi River
We also spied some rock cuts and noted where flood levels had been marked.

Dixie steamboat on the Mississippi River
Dixie steamboat on the Mississippi River
An elegant Dixie steamboat was parked at Bettendorf, Iowa. The construction of steamboats is truly an art form. What beautiful vessels!

Old I-74 Bridge in the Quad Cities
Old I-74 Bridge 
We also enjoyed spectacular bridge views. Interesting tidbit -- this bridge is actually going to be replaced by a nearby bridge under construction.

Sailing by other boats on the Mississippi River
Sailing by other boats on the Mississippi River
We had such a lovely trip on the river! The Channel Cat provides a nice way to travel on the Mississippi and visit several different sections of the Quad Cities. The trip is particularly fun for families and one of the stops is near the John Deere Pavilion. What a fun excursion for families!

Channel Cat Cruises on the Mississippi in the Quad Cities


**Disclosure: Thank you to Visit Quad Cities for hosting our visit. We received complimentary experiences in ordered to facilitate to bring these reviews to you. No other compensation was a received. All opinions are 100% my own.


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