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Islands and channels, these form the topology of the Mississippi River at Lansing. A comparatively narrow main channel is maintained at a 9 ft (2.7 m) depth for commercial barge traffic; the rest of the water flows are of varying depths and varying accesibilities. Most of the region is a designated natural area allowing for as much wildlife to flourish as possible.

These photographs were taken from the bluffs overlooking Lansing. Looking downstream you can see the bridge. The far bank is Wisconsin, the near bank, Iowa. To the far north (top photo, off to the left side) lies the border between Iowa and Minnesota, making this a lookout point where you can see three states.

These were the waters that we spent four days traversing over Memorial Day weekend. More on that later.