Woodbine Nature Trail: The Mighty Mississippi River

© Photographed June 13, 2015
Nelson Dewey State Park
Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin
42.731872, -91.017633 (entrance to park)
42.741251, -91.028895 (trail head, approximate)
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The Mighty Mississippi River
The Mississippi River has the world's third largest drainage basin. With 250 tributaries and branches, the river drains 41 percent of the nation's water from all or part of 21 states. We are located on the Upper Mississippi River which is designated as that portion of river between the mouth of the Ohio River in Cairo, Illinois and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Between 1930 and 1938, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed a series of locks and dams for navigation on the Upper Mississippi River. Today the locks and dams regulate water levels so that a nine foot deep channel is maintained for barges and other watercraft to safely use the river. As you travel the main channel upstream, red buoys mark the right side of the boating channel while green buoys mark the left.

The Mississippi River provides habitat for birds, snakes, turtles, fish, freshwater mussels (clams), and mammals including deer, coyote, otter, mink, muskrat, beaver, bear, and lynx.

Flooding on the Mississippi River can occur from the melting of winter snows or heavy rainfall. The flood of 1993 allowed water to cover most of Stonefield village -- across the highway from Nelson Dewey.
The marker is located along the Woodbine Nature Trail, adjacent to the "Family Campground" inside Nelson Dewey State Park, and is accessible from northbound County Highway VV, north of its intersection with Great River Road / Wisconsin Highway 133, at or near 12190 County Highway VV, Cassville, Wisconsin 53806.

With a view of the Mississippi River in the distance.

The Mississippi River . . .

Invasive species are causing damage to the river and we need your help to stop their spread. If you launch a boat near the park, please remove all vegetation before putting it in the water and again before you leave.
At the Woodbine Nature Trail trail head.

Dexter's rarin' to go!

The marker is located at Nelson Dewey State Park in Cassville, Wisconsin.

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