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.
Here Comes "Fish Days".. so what is that?
Well, Fish Days had its "start" when our great steel span bridge, aka the "Blackhawk Bridge" was dedicated back in 1931. It is named after Chief Blackhawk and this bridge was the culmination of 80 years of hope that Lansing would someday have a commercial and tourist link to Wisconsin. In this picture, the big day had finally arrived and was not without fanfare and much celebration which brings me back to Fish Days. To celebrate the new bridge as well as Lansing's ties to The River, Fish Days was created and has continued every year since 1931.. without fail.
Fish Days runs from August 7-9th and always delivers good clean fun for the family that includes a petting zoo to soapbox races to a rubber ducky float down the river where you can buy chances that your duck will win! There is also a flea market for treasure hunting and carnival rides for the kids as well as fireworks and band performances at night for all. This year includes the much anticipated "Venetian Nights" boat parade on the Mississippi which offers a highly decorated parade of boats that range from predictable to very unpredictable- it's an event that you won't want to miss to fully understand what I mean! In summary, there is little that compares to this annual Fish Days celebration where Lansing meets The River and the traditions of yesteryear in this friendly river town live on! For more details on the events, see this link for a more precise event listing: Fish Days Events (opens as a new page)
Mississippi River Road Tourist Center Coming To Lansing
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:
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..