The designation as the Great River Road is no misnomer. The road follows 3000 miles along the Mississippi and nearly bisects the country from Lake Itasca, Minnesota, to Port Allen, Louisiana, on alternating sides of our greatest river. The Great River Road passes through the fishing, boating, biking and hiking paradise of Cassville, Wisconsin.
Cassville is unique among the Wisconsin Mississippi River towns for its important car ferry linking the town to Turkey River, Iowa. The passage across from Iowa aboard the Charlie D. was all too short. We could have soaked up the river feel for hours. As we neared Cassville’s Front Street, it was easy to imagine equal measures of romantic dreams and dashed hopes experienced by Nelson Dewey and other early inhabitants.
The Cassville Car Ferry will continue to offer passage until October 26th for local traffic and for autumn leaf-peeper tourists. September 20th will be a fun day to visit and enjoy the Great River Road Festival at Stonefield Interpretive Center located on the Governor Nelson Dewey farm estate.