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fno posted 03-14-2006 12:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for fno   Send Email to fno  
I am going to be in Iowa from April till mid July working. All I need is an excuse to drag my Outrage up from Florida.
David Pendleton posted 03-14-2006 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Why Wisconsin?

I would think Minnesota is a lot closer.

In my opinion, Wisconsin doesn't have much for boating unless you're heading to one of the Great Lakes.

Hal Watkins posted 03-14-2006 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
Lots of great boating in MN...St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers. Putting in at LaCrosse, Wi. then head North all the way to St. Paul, MN. Lot's of sandy beaches. Lake Minnetonka, on the west side of Minneaplois. Check out the MN DNR web site for lots of info. I live 45 minutes N of Iowa state line just off I-35. My e-mail under profile is current. Hal
fno posted 03-15-2006 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
I was only looking at mapquest and I figured the closest big water is Lake Michigan. Looks like I've got lots to learn.
prj posted 03-15-2006 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Ouch, Pendleton!

Don't we top your mere 10,000 lakes by about 5,000?

Granted, you do have a handful of larger bodies
closer to urban areas, but both states share the Mississippi.

Door County would be the boating destination of choice.
I'm sure the top of the state, Apostle Island area,
is beautiful also.

You might consider the shortest haul, over to Lake Michigan
at the Chicago end and hook up with some members
for a water tour of the Second City.

David Pendleton posted 03-15-2006 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Pendleton  Send Email to David Pendleton     
Hey, I love Wisconsin and do 80% of my boating (and general vacationing) there--just on the Great Lakes.

What I was getting at is most of Wisconsin's larger inland lakes aren't that interesting. Neither are Minnesota's for that matter; with the possible exception of Lake Minnetonka. The only other within reasonable driving distance from Iowa is Mille Lacs and while it is huge, it's not very interesting unless you are fishing.

We share the Mississippi and St. Croix, both great boating rivers.

If I were in Iowa, I'd head east to the Miss, launch and head North. If time and distance weren't an issue, I'd head to the Apostles, Door County or Isle Royale.

fno -- bring your boat. Once you get here, you'll be sorry you didn't.

fourdfish posted 03-15-2006 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
Both prj and David are right on! However, I have many times done the eastern shore of Lake Michigan( State of Michigan) and found it beautiful also!
crusty crab posted 03-16-2006 10:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for crusty crab  Send Email to crusty crab     
Listen to David.

Mississippi, St. Croix and Minnetonka are great boating. Head north another few hours and you can be in the Apostles, some of the best boating in the world.

On the flip side, I may be hauling my boat to Fl. in the next two weeks....

Hal Watkins posted 03-26-2006 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hal Watkins  Send Email to Hal Watkins     
On March 22nd the first barge of the season reached St. Paul, MN. The locks are now open for traffic. The first weekend we hit 70 degrees, I'm headed for LaCrosse, Wi. for a run up to Winona, MN. Of course our lake still has Ice fisherman on it today. Hal
oysterman posted 03-27-2006 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for oysterman  Send Email to oysterman     
Speaking of Wisconsin,
I got into a line of around 40 garbage trucks today- in the State of Washington of all places. I was on my way to work and this parade of trucks was cruising up the highway. I saw the phone numbers on the trucks had a 414 area code. Maybe the city of Aniwa? Maybe a town over here bought all these used trucks? Anyway an interesting site!
fourdfish posted 03-27-2006 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for fourdfish  Send Email to fourdfish     
oysterman-How about maybe Algoma??
oysterman posted 03-28-2006 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for oysterman  Send Email to oysterman     
Could be. Someone at worked looked up the area code and came up with the city I mentioned. Obviously a city with less garbage trucks now!
skred posted 03-29-2006 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Milwaukee's area code is 414...
skred posted 03-29-2006 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Hal: Big Cedar Lake here in West Bend is still iced over. Spending a lot of time polishing "Corky".. You coming down this way anytime soon? Or, maybe you'll make Sister Bay this year...

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