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Camanche Attractions and Events

Blue Heron Eco-Cruises

The Clinton County Conservation Board offers Blue Heron Eco Cruises, based at Rock Creek Marina and Campground, located just south of Camanche on Highway 67. The Blue Heron offers public cruises on Thursday evenings, May thru October, and private group cruises by appointment. The boat serves tourists, outdoor groups, youth and schools by providing naturalist-led eco-cruises on the Mississippi River. The cruises last approximately 1.5 hours. This is a beautiful educational tour of the Mississippi River ecosystem. Call (563) 847-7202 or email conservation@clintoncounty-ia.gov for booking information. Website: www.clintoncounty-ia.gov.

Camanche Depot & Museum

102 - 12th Ave., Camanche. Glimpse a bit of history aboard this fully-restored 1951 Milwaukee/Soo Line caboose and railroad depot. The depot was built in 1899.

1307 South Washington Blvd., Camanche. The museum houses collections from Camanche's past, including a veteran's list of past and present military personnel. A brick walkway surrounds the flagpole in honor of Camanche citizens. The Clinton County/Gateway Genealogical Library is located in the museum building, where you can learn how to research your family history. Collections include cemetery records, county histories, funeral home records, Old Age Assistance, tax records and several family histories. The depot and the museum are open by appointment. Contact: (563) 259-1285, (563) 259-1280 or (563) 259-1175.

Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center

Expected opening in 2012 at Rock Creek Marina & Campground in Camanche. This state-of-the-art eco-tourism center will educate and entertain tourists, as well as continue to provide an excellent place for schools, clubs and retreats to explore the great Mississippi heritage. The centerpiece of this center will be a 9,000-gallon aquarium that measures 20 feet long, 6 feet high and 10 feet wide. The aquarium will be stocked with Mississippi River fish species, along with a large wetlands display, highlighting reptiles, amphibians, waterfowl and other species that call the backwaters and sloughs of the Mississippi home. The Eco Center will also be home to a large collection of replicas of Iowa state record fish species, including the largest large-mouth bass to the biggest flathead catfish and fish species in between. These replicas will give visitors a vivid impression of just how large our aquatic friends can grow. It will be the only place in Iowa that you can see such a vast collection! E-mail: info@missecocenter.org. Website: www.missecocenter.org.

Rock Creek Marina

3942 - 291st Street, just off US Hwy 67, Camanche. Rock Creek Marina & Campground provides a variety of facilities and services for the outdoor enthusiast including camping, paddle boat, canoe, boat and cabin rental, marina and camp store. Located on the scenic and fertile backwaters of the Mississippi River, Rock Creek provides family fun and a great outdoor vacation experience for the most rugged of outdoorsman and the family on their first camping trip. For more information contact (563) 259-1876. Email: conservation@clintoncountyiowa.com. Website: www.clintoncountyiowa.com/conservation/RockCreek.

Camanche Days

Weekend of the second full week in August. This annual celebration features complete family entertainment with a parade, carnival, golf, tennis, softball, various food concessions, Diaper Derby, Kids Day Out, free acts, karaoke, pedal pull, nightly entertainment, 5K run, arts & crafts fair and many other events to enjoy. Fireworks take place on Sunday evening. Contact: Linda Cundiff, (563) 259-1209 or e-mail: ulcer@hotmail.com or Brenda Larkey at (563) 522-2021 or e-mail: bltlarkey@mchsi.com.

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