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Cassville Ferry

Photos 

The Iowa side of the Mississippi River

The ferry will sometimes wait here if there are no passengers. There is a semaphore on the Wisconsin side to signal the ferry.

NOTE: Updates on the ferry begin with photo #8, taken in June 2012. The tug has been replaced and the barge has been refreshed.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in August 2007

BH Photo #109828

Map 

Description 

"The Pride of Cassville Car Ferry connects two National Scenic Byways; the Great River Road and the Iowa Great River Road. The ferry served the early settlement as far back as 1833 and it continues today, making the same trip back and forth across the mighty Mississippi. It is the oldest operating ferry service in the state of Wisconsin." - from cassville.org

This ferry is unusual in that the barge and tug are separate. The barge remains in the same orientation at all times, featuring a Wisconsin flag on the end that docks at the Wisconsin shore, and an Iowa flag on the other end. The tug reverses direction by pivoting at the start of each crossing.

Facts 

Overview
Toll ferry over the Mississippi River between Cassville, Wisconsin, and Turkey River, Iowa
Location
Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin, and Clayton County, Iowa
Status
Operates daily during the summer; weekends only fall and spring; closed in winter
History
Ferry first operated in 1833
Design
Ferry barge propelled by separate tugboat
Also called
Pride of Cassville Car Ferry
Cassville Car Ferry
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.71342, -90.99265   (decimal degrees)
42°42'48" N, 90°59'34" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/664376/4730945 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Cassville
Inventory number
BH 34772 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 10, 2017: Updated by Roger Deschner: Add start date (1833) and description; now operates daily in summer.
  • June 11, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • February 29, 2008: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added GPS Coordinates
  • January 26, 2008: New photos from J.R. Manning

Sources 

  • J.R. Manning - thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com
  • Cassville Car Ferry - Official web page, with operating dates and ferry toll rates

Comments 

Cassville Ferry
Posted June 11, 2012, by J.R. Manning (thekitchenguy [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

There is a new tug on the ferry, the barge has been repainted and refreshed, and the ferry now operates 7 days a week.

Cassville Ferry
Posted June 22, 2009, by robert m. gomez (gomez7566 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net)

On June 19 got on the ferry at Millville and got off at Cassville a nice little run would of liked to go longer anyway the lady running the lines was very pleasant she made it fun please tell her my friend and I enjoyed her company thanks robert m. gomez