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Old 04-01-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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1. What is Finley's Landing doing there? Is it an artificial beach?

2. Why aren't there more beaches along the Mississippi? Instead they dump huge rocks along it. I found a tiny little beach underneath a bridge to Wisconsin but it's got some garbage and twigs and it's not that big. Where are all the beaches!

3. Is there a clean river in eastern Iowa that is not disgusting to swim in?
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Old 04-03-2010, 11:03 AM
 
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Buffalo IA has a decent beach/campgrounds

When I was a kid we used to swim in the Wapsi near Donahue IA by a place called Allen's Grove. It has a clean pebble type bottom to it, instead of mud. I don't know about any beaches tho'. Killer tubing in the summer.

edit: Iowa City has a beach near the Dam at the state park that I can't remember the name of.
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:01 PM
 
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1. What is Finley's Landing doing there? Is it an artificial beach?

2. Why aren't there more beaches along the Mississippi? Instead they dump huge rocks along it. I found a tiny little beach underneath a bridge to Wisconsin but it's got some garbage and twigs and it's not that big. Where are all the beaches!

3. Is there a clean river in eastern Iowa that is not disgusting to swim in?
Finley's landing has a nice beach. There is also a very nice campground and a boat dock. There are not as many beaches on the Mississippi river by Dubuque as you would think there would be.

Iowa is not known for having pristine rivers and lakes.

Jasper
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:55 AM
 
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Jasper is right, Finley's landling is a nice beach area with plenty of room, marina, campgroung and boat dock/ramp. I believe the reason there are not more 'public beaches' along the shoreline because the river is a working river with moderate barge traffic and also the current can be very strong in certain areas. In addition, the river is very deep and drop off without notice. As an avid boater, we spend a lot of time on the Mississippi and many of the beaches we frequent are on the Illnois side of the river and not accessible by land.

If you are in the Dubuque area, I would recommend the Apple Canyon area (IL) or Goven. Dodge State Park in Wisconsin.

GTKD
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:50 PM
 
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I've been to Finley's landing before I was just kinda wondering ... why it's there when there are not many other beaches like it?

There are a couple nice beaches on the islands just south of Dubuque, I don't see why there can't be more like them. I think the large rocks they dump along the side of the river are pretty ugly and from what I can gather they are only there to just fill up space.
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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I've been to Finley's landing before I was just kinda wondering ... why it's there when there are not many other beaches like it?

There are a couple nice beaches on the islands just south of Dubuque, I don't see why there can't be more like them. I think the large rocks they dump along the side of the river are pretty ugly and from what I can gather they are only there to just fill up space.

Dubuque is a town that has always been around 50 years or more behind the times. Finally the town is utilizing a wonderful resource the Mississippi river. I do doubt there will ever be a beach real close to town though.

Jasper
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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The rocks along the shore of the Mississippi are to keep the strong wakes from barges and boats from eroding the shore. They're put there on purpose and they're called riprap. Any nice beaches like Finley's Landing have to be maintained, and that's expensive. That's why there aren't more of them.
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