Boating & Cruises

The mission of ExperienceMississippiRiver.com is to promote the road route known as the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. We do not have current information about boat tours and cruises. If you are interested in information about boat tours and cruises, contact the departments of tourism for one of the ten Mississippi River states.

River cruises are available on the Lower Mississippi in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Lower Mississippi is swift-flowing and dam free. Towboat traffic is heaviest in this portion of the river.

River cruising is also available on the Upper Mississippi River in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Upper Mississippi is made up of a series of pools, each controlled by a lock and dam structure.

Boat launches are found throughout the Great River Road route on both sides of the Mississippi.