our our usual stops, when visiting Prairie du Chien,
is St. Feriole Island and the water front.
This year was very interesting because of the high
water. We have never visited the island when the
river had been so high, and we were surprised by how
much of it was covered. The water front drive,
that runs in front of the old hotel, is usually a
one way street, but do to most of the roads being
flooded they had to make it a temporary two way
street. Most of the buildings were above
water, but a few smaller structures and shelter
houses were not.
The most interesting fact
about the water at this time was that this was not
the highest the river has risen. This used to
be a regular occurrence when there was a booming
community living on the island, hence why it
migrated to the location of modern day Prairie du Chien.
The power and size of the Mississippi River
continues to amaze me. If you would like to
see what the water level usually looks like, please
visit the St. Feriole Island Photo Album from