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Mississippi Houseboats

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  1. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    I was talking to my old buddy I grew up with in NW Iowa and we decided that we would like to rent a houseboat for a week or two and cruise around on the Mississippi.

    Have any of you ever done this and if so who was the best to rent a boat from

    Thanks, Rick
     
  2. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

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    I cruised the Mississippi on a trawler back in 2000. This river is not for cruising if you're not a seasoned boater. The are No marinas south of Alton, Illinois for over 200 miles - The river has a five knot current & gas powered boats don't have enough range if they mess up. The tow captains are great, but give them lots of room & let them know way in advance of your intentions.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
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    Can't help you with who to rent a houseboat from but had a friend who had a houseboat in East Tennessee. He wanted to run the entire length of the Tennessee River, go down the Mississippi to Memphis and then come back up and return to East Tennessee. He did fine until he got to the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. He pulled out into the Mississippi River current and quickly realized his boat did not have enough power to come back up the Mississippi in heavy current. He was fortunate in being able to get back into the Ohio River mouth. He said he visioned his boat backing into New Orleans while at full forward throttle.
     
  4. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    We were looking at the upper river and the sites that I have been looking at said the current is between 1.2 and 3 knots the boats I have been looking at have twin 200 HP outboards with about 250 gallon tanks

    I does sound like the making of a fiasco, but they can be fun too
     
  5. cubancigar2000

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    Go to Kentucky lake and rent one, take poles cause the fishing is awesome
     
  6. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    Might have to check into a lake cruise
     
  7. ShootinSue

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    The Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri is great and have houseboats for rent. Click on link.

    Sue
     
  8. cubancigar2000

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    Hey Catpower, I guarantee if you rent a house boat at kentucky lake or lake powell you will have the time of your life
     
  9. 635 G

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    Forgot-get a canal boat & do the Erie canal--totally awesome

    Phil Berkowitz
     
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    The Mississippi River is very low right now. In fact it has not been this low since WWII. The barge traffic has slowed and the channel they can travel is narrowed. I have been on this big River numerous times on various size boats. It can be very dangerous without the proper knowledge. I witnessed a pleasure boat of fairly large size sink and the boaters were lucky to get out. They hit a floating log that took their lower unit off and rendered their boat helpless. I would agree with the others that you would have a much better time on one of the many fine lakes in Midwest or this Country.

    I note you did speak of the Northern part which I have no experience with. My experience is from Chester, IL to just North of Alton, IL.
     
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    I agree with cubancigar, Lake Powell is astonishing !! You want to go in late April or Early May before it gets hot. Plus lots of other things to do and see in that part of the country, ie: Glen Canyon Dam, Monument Valley, Zion National Park ,Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, etc., etc., etc.. It should be on everyone's Bucket List.
     
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    They rent house boats at McGregor, or Marquette Iowa. They are both right on the Mississippi River.

    You might find out who or what the company name is by Googling for it.

    I've never done it, but it does look like fun.

    Hauxfan!
     
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    Hauxfan is right.
    The Miss. is lots of fun from Dubuque on north.
    There are several house boat rental places in NE Iowa, SW Wisconsin and SE Minn.
    Mid to late June/Early July would be best.

    Bring your beer drinking hat though.... Esp. in Wisconsin
     
  14. Catpower

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    Thanks for the input, I was kind of wanting to go to a lake but he is he#$ bent on the Mississippi (think he read too much Huck Finn) so I guess we will work from there

    It does sound like fun though

    And yes we all will be wearing our beer drinking hats LOL
     
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    This river don't go to Aintree boy ; )
     
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