Arrival of French explorers Marquette and Joliet by canoe at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers on June 17, 1673. Photograph by Kay Irelan of the diorama in Iowa Hall at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History; used with permission from Iowa DNR Geological & Water Survey (Iowa: Portrait of the Land).
Blufflands at town of Marquette, Iowa upstream from the confluence, The Highway 18
bridge to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin provides a human scale.
Since my first outing to the Wisconsin River confluence across from Pike's Peak, I have paddled many additional segments of the upper Mississippi in Iowa and continue to be impressed with the "mountains" that we call blufflands today. Here are some images of the river and blufflands in a variety of moods:
Vista from Paint Rock above Harper's Slough