By John Deere Dike Park paddle west past the dike to see gorgeous lilly beds, then take out at the public ramp. The pools were incredibly deep (4-6′ on average) with some much deeper (wear your life jacket! There is a good canoe launch by the Heritage Trail parking lot in Durango, just between Burtons Furnace Road and the bike trail bridge. Its watershed covers 1,694 square miles (4,387 km2)[3] within a rural region of rolling hills and farmland southwest of Dubuque. This just goes to show how volatile the river can be and to stay off of it after a big rain. You can also do round trips from either access location. Facebook / Mississippi Trail After Access Road and the subsequent bike trail bridge, the riffles pretty much disappear. So if you are a local and have never seen limestone outcrops or boulders on a river before, it may be worth checking out, but otherwise, the prospects in neighboring Grant County, Wisconsin are much more interesting. [6], The stretch of river from just below the Mon-Maq dam to Iowa Highway 136 is one of Iowa's most popular canoe trips. The current is pool-and-riffle (fast, then very slow, then fast, then slow, etc…). Some riffles will be a bit bumpy but the rest of the river will be plenty deep. U.S. Geological Survey. This trip can easily be connected with the Dubuque Water Trail described earlier. October Wind Dubuque Regional Airport (11.8 miles) 2020 September October. Hiding behind that interesting bridge pylon... Support WisconsinRiverTrips.com With a Donation! The Little Maquoketa River is a Mississippi tributary just north of Dubuque, Iowa and west of Grant County, Wisconsin. The valley that the Little Maquoketa River runs through is deep with steep limestone bluffs and slopes that are heavily wooded. This segment was mostly a floodplain paddle and I suspect it frequently gets beat-up by Mississippi backfills. I initially heard about it from the book “Paddling Iowa“, which got me excited to do the trip based on a positive description of car sized boulders, limestone walls, and coursing through one of Iowa’s deepest valleys. Many of the mud banks were massive (say 10-20′ high) and bigger than any I’ve seen on any Wisconsin river. Corn, soybeans and alfalfa are the dominant fi eld crops. Little Maquoketa River Mounds State Preserve wind forecast issued today at 11:27 pm. It is quite the operation as it has to be split up to get through. The water is deep and dirty here (and most everywhere else). The Grant–Little Maquoketa River Watershed is located in the Driftless Region of Southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. 9.6-10′:  Good depth. If you are lucky (and we were), you can see a barge pass through the locks. There is a farm road nearby which is tempting to park on, but that is likely private and you’re best off just parking on the shoulder where there is room. There are two forks of the Maquoketa River that meander some 50 miles through the county, meeting just north of the town of Maquoketa. Be sure to check out Julien Dubuque Monument after the trip. County. JESSICA REILLY . It was a relief when we reached Herber Road (not an easy take-out BTW) to end the trip. While nice, that was pretty much it for boulders on the entire river (not counting all the concrete fill that had been dumped haphazardly into the river). Tagged: Duck Pond, Flooded fields, Hurstville Marsh, Little Maquoketa River, maquoketa iowa, Photography, Photography Session, Signets, Trumpeter Swans. Definition: A direct tributary of the Upper Mississippi River. Update from the webmaster. Very open, with occasional riffles and Class 1 rapids flanked by large mud banks and cornfields. The Little Maquoketa River is a direct tributary of the Upper Mississippi River.It must be distinguished from the Maquoketa River, a distinct and separate river (one also a direct tributary of the Mississippi River); these two rivers are not tributary to one or the other.. Little Maquoketa River All posts tagged Little Maquoketa River. The Maquoketa then flows generally eastward in a meandering course as it approaches the Mississippi. Half-dead boxelders are everywhere as is the mud and honestly it was a pretty boring segment. Float down the western shore by urban Dubuque, past the Mines of Spain to Massey Station Road. 10.1-10.5′:  River would be high at this point and might not be attractive for paddling. Strongest 14 October, 2020 25.3mph S; Average October 10.8mph; Strongest 30 September, 2020 27.7mph W; Average September 9.9mph; … Little Maquoketa River IA 01-TRK-132 from confluence with Hogans Br. Nice hills (but thought they would be much bigger), Hiding behind that interesting bridge pylon…, But if you continue on, you can see more outcrops, Mud left on the limestone shelf from earlier flooding, It looks bad, but we never had to portage, It is a long hike up the embankment to reach the car, Great boat launch can serve as an alternate take-out (or put-in), Checking out a barge from Eagle Point Park, Because of the local dam, it has to go through the locks. The depth we went at was probably fairly typical for mid-summer. The Little Maquoketa River is a Mississippi tributary just north of Dubuque, Iowa and west of Grant County, Wisconsin. Little Maquoketa River is displayed on the Dubuque North USGS quad topo map. Catfish Creek/Mines of Spain:  2-3 miles. Twin Springs/Asbury Road to Burtons Furnace Road, < 9.5′:  You might have to walk many of the riffles (say, 6 times). The canoe launch consists of a pseudo pier/one foot concrete ledge which is great for canoes but for tippy kayaks can be a real pain. It is not to be confused with the Little Maquoketa River, another distinct direct tributary of the Upper Mississippi River meeting the Big River north of Dubuque. That’s not to say that Iowa paddling is bad…northeast Iowa is part of the driftless area and includes some special paddles most notably the legendary Upper Iowa River. Film Television show Game Sport Science Hobby Travel Technology Brand Outer space Cinematography Photography Music Literature Theatre History Transport Visual arts Recreation … At Maquoketa, it receives the North Fork Maquoketa River from the north; the North Fork rises in northern Dubuque County and flows 96 miles (154 km)[2] generally southward past Dyersville and Cascade. All three trout hatchery offices still remain closed. Little Maquoketa River Term Accession: GAZ:00186231 Aspect: GAZ Synonyms (0) None. Little Maquoketa River is in the Streams category for Dubuque County in the state of Iowa. Much of this route can be done on the Heritage Trail, which is a scenic bike trail but does require a trail pass. Very few signs of wildlife. Discovered in 1977 by a team of state archaeologists, the site is north of Dubuque just outside of Sageville along Highway 52. The channel is wide enough to get around these obstacles but it was unsightly. Note…there are likely additional paddling options on the north branches of the Little Maquoketa River as well. But the trick is the best limestone outcrops are actually AFTER the bridge and hiding just around the corner, which most locals miss. It’s not a very long river that splinters into shallow tributaries upstream of Durango, but downstream to the mouth it is plenty big enough for paddling. Hwy 52 by Durango was under water and the Sageville Road bridge was impassible. Maybe this is nicer in the spring or fall when the hillsides are more visible. Much of this river flows through steep terrain and farm country, which with poor to no regulatory oversight, has resulted in devastating erosion and damage to the river (much worse than I’ve ever ever seen in Wisconsin). Large tracts of surrounding land are open to the public, including the Pictured Rocks Wildlife Management Area (1,138 acres, cooperatively managed by Jones County and the Iowa DNR,[12] and the Indian Bluffs Primitive Area State Preserve (845 acres, privately owned, managed by the Iowa DNR). Minor flooding occurred July 23, 2010, in the Little Maquoketa River Basin and major flooding occurred July 23–26, 2010, in the Maquoketa River Basin in northeast Iowa following severe thunderstorm activity over the region during July 22–24. The river then flows another 30 miles until it reaches the Mississippi River. Some of the popular local menu items include Chicken Marsala, Chicken Alfredo, Cheese Garlic Bread, Crab Cake Salad and Steak And Shrimp. 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