Cassville Car Ferry and Nearby Attractions On The Great River Road
Where a car ferry connects two National Scenic Byways in the summer along the Wisconsin Great River Road, the village of Cassville has beautiful parks and outdoor attractions, and plenty of history. Spend a day or two exploring the area, then hop on the Cassville Car Ferry and head across the Mississippi to Iowa, or vice versa. Here are some of the best attractions to see and do in Cassville on your next river road adventure.
Cassville Car Ferry
The Cassville Car Ferry connects the Wisconsin Great River Road and the Iowa Great River Road by the Mississippi River. The ferry takes people, cars, bicycles, and larger vehicles both ways across the river daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can ride the ferry from the Wisconsin landing to the Iowa landing, or the reverse, to enjoy the attractions and events held in the river communities on both sides of the Mississippi. The Cassville website has a complete list of fares and schedules, but be sure to remember you can only pay for your ride in cash.
Nelson Dewey State Park
Overlooking the Mississippi River from a 500-foot bluff, Nelson Dewey State Park in Cassville is a place for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts. The park was named for Wisconsin’s first governor, Nelson Dewey, and offers a rich history of the events that took place there in the past. You can also camp, hike, or picnic in the park, hiking is one of the more popular activities. Though there are only a little over two miles of trails, they vary in difficulty and often travel up the bluff with steep inclines. But the variety of scenery on each trail and the scenic views of the Mississippi River Valley are worth the effort to see some of the most beautiful parts of the area.
Cassville Walking Tour
With the rich history of Cassville, the Cassville Walking Tour is a great attraction for learning all about the history of the area and of the many buildings, parks, and places around the village. With twenty-seven different stops, the walking tour takes you around the village stopping at historical landmarks and houses, significant buildings, parks, and churches. Notable stops include the Denniston House, a legislation building that was never used, and the beautiful St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.
Eagles Roost Resort
Being on the Mississippi River, Cassville presents great opportunities for bird watching and other outdoor recreation. One such place is the Eagles Roost Resort found in Jack Oak Slough just off the main channel. Here you can view a variety of bird species including eagles and sandhill cranes. Visitors also frequently see barges, historic river ferries, and speedboats cruising the Mississippi. With its prime location in Cassville with nearby parks, fishing and hiking areas, the Eagles Roost Resort is also a great place to stay. Check into the motel or book one of the many cabins that sleep groups up to ten people.
Riverside Park sits at the southwest edge of Cassville stretching for about a quarter-mile along the Mississippi River near the Car Ferry landing. The park is filled with spots for recreation and relaxing in the outdoors, including a major boat launching site and dock and a wildlife observation gazebo. Locals and visitors alike enjoy fishing along the banks, though the park has plans to add a permanent fishing pier in the future. Other park attractions include picnic and party shelters, grilling facilities, playground areas, restrooms, and plenty of relaxing areas to watch the river traffic.
Penny & Myra Eckstein Memorial Swimming Pool
Cool off with the kids in the zero foot entry municipal swimming pool that includes a covered spiral slide, mushroom shower, three geysers, and kiddie slide. This new construction has the amenities you want with a pool house and well lit parking lot. Open seven days a week throughout the summer months.