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Cassville Ferry Sunset Cruise on the Mississippi

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 8:00 PM until 10:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Cassville Car Ferry Pickup Iowa Side
Cassville Ferry Webpage
35998 Oak Rd
Guttenberg, IA  52052
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Cathy Dick
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July update:

Sixteen club members will be attending this cruise on July 13, with live music performed by Johnny Walker, a well-known musician in Dubuque.

We are excited to announce a day trip to the Cassville Ferry for a sunset cruise on the Mississippi River.  It is a 2-hour cruise that runs from 8:00-10:00 pm, and they allow us to bring our own chairs, coolers (with alcoholic beverages-no glass allowed) and snacks.  The date of the cruise is July 13 with live music performed by Johnny Walker, a well-known musician in Dubuque.  The cost is $15 per person.  Registration/money needs to be turned in by the end of the evening, April 13. Feel free to bring your checks to the post party at Lowe Park or register on the EISC website.  

We will depart from the Marion Walmart at 3:30 pm (carpooling is encouraged but keep in mind you will need extra room for chairs & coolers).  Google maps suggests taking highway 13 north out of Marion to Manchester, then heading east to Dyersville then north on 52 to Millville.  We will stop in Dyersville along the way for dinner.  Then head to the ferry landing. Dinner will be on your own and there are plenty of restaurants in Dyersville, including Happy Joe’s, 7 Hills East Brewery, Chad’s Pizza, just to name a few.  

According to Google, the ferry landing on the Iowa side of the river is about 13 miles SE of Guttenberg (45 minutes), 37 miles north of Dubuque (47 minutes) and roughly 68 miles (1 hour-10 minutes) from Marion.  I’m giving you estimates to help you decide on where to stay in a hotel overnight or if you want to drive back home at 10 pm when we disembark.  

There are several hotels in Guttenberg, including the Eagleview Motel & Retreat (563-252-1653), The Landing (563-252-1615), and the Guttenberg Motel (563-252-1433).  There are many more in Dubuque that you can find by searching online.   

These are the directions for getting to the ferry landing from the Village of Cassville website: Take highway 52 to Millville. Turn onto C9Y. Watch for the electrical substation and directional signs. The gravel road leads to the Turkey River boat landing, which is where the ferry picks up passengers. Again, if we caravan/carpool, we can make sure everyone stays together and finds the landing.  Important note: we will need to be at the ferry landing at 7:30 pm to board. 

If you are interested in seeing more information about the ferry, you can go to the website at Cassville Website .

Article by Cathy Dick | photo courtesy of website