Lansing Iowa is a Mississippi river town of 1000 people located about 30 miles South of LaCrosse, Wisconsin and about 3.5 hours Southeast of Minneapolis. For the folks who live here all year, we have many of the things that make it a great small town like a Post Office, grocery store, library and many small businesses that cater to locals and tourists alike.
Our downtown is very close to the Mississippi River and in fact, Main St. gently slopes down to and dead ends in The River. In the old days, that's where you would have embarked and disembarked the steamboats that use to ply these waters. We still have a great amount of history on our Main St., with many original buildings and storefronts that all add to the value and charm of our Riverfront town.
This site was created with a blend of historical and new information to appeal to anyone looking to live here or just visit here. What made our town popular back in the old days is still what makes it popular today- the great fishing, great scenery, outdoor activities and best of all, the friendly people who live here. What's old is new, we hope you enjoy the site and will browse what we have to offer and come and make my Lansing your Lansing!
A special thanks to Dan Moy of Chicago for his photographs of Lansing. Although Dan is not a resident of Lansing, he speaks for all residents with eloquence in his pictures in his desire to preserve the 'Blackhawk Bridge' in Lansing. Dan's new photo essay on the bridge can be found (and viewed) by clicking here. Locally, softcover copies are available at Thornton House B&B and Eagle's Nest Gallery in Lansing.
Over $500,000 Raised For Driftess Area Center
(5/15/2016) In addition to the $1.3 million Grant received that started construction on the Driftless Area Center last year, area banks have just kicked in a total of $250 thousand which was then matched by a grant for an additional $250 thousand in matching funds from the R.J McElroy Trust. Perched just south of Lansing, the new center will be a win for tourism, area schools as well as residents where folks can learn about the ecology of the Mississippi River and surrounding area in addition to a rich history that ranges from the Indians to early Lansing settlers.
Mississippi River Road Driftless Area Center Coming To Lansing
Update- 5/11/16 The Structure roof is on and building continues for what is looking like a grand visitor center!
Lansing will soon be home to a new multi-million dollar Mississippi River Visitor Center complete with handicap accessible river access, classrooms, viewing decks and information about the driftless area and river on tap. The view of the River from the planned location will be fantastic, including a long expanse of the main channel and the Lansing bridge. A great "win" for Allamakee County and Lansing! Here is the latest article from The Standard newspaper.
A new family-friendly canoe/kayak trail will take you south from Lansing to Harper's Ferry with easy to follow visible signage, see the "Canoeing & Kayaking" tab for more details.
"Happy Trails" for you- Lansing is home to the new "Driftless Area Scenic Byway" click the road sign for more information!
Come and Visit Lansing- there are five restaurants available for you to choose from and you can walk to them all from The Thornton House B&B . Thornton House features large rooms with queen size beds with a/c, private bathrooms, wifi, and a full breakfast is served between 8 am & 9:30 am with a main dish as well as fruits and yogurts for breakfast.
MyLansing Iowa.com is sponsored by the Thornton House B&B as a community service, click below to visit and check availability:
Bet You Didn't Know..
If you have been to Lansing, Iowa you already know that we are located on the Mississippi River situated in some of the best untouched portions of the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge. But did you know that in our portion of the river we are also home to more "algific talus slopes" than any other place in the world? Read On..