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.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Lansing is rich in history, our Main St. dates to the early 1870's and before that was home to local Winnebago Indians for over 5,000 years. The Indian heritage runs mighty deep all along the Mississippi riverfront where they lived, hunted, raised families and ultimately buried their dead. With history like this, coupled with deep woods and Indian burial grounds all around it is no wonder why film makers from Los Angeles will soon be filming a new film here in Lansing next summer called "The Burial" ..read more from a recent article here (and by the way, "respect the mounds"...)
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..