Upper Mississippi River Paddlewheel Cruises, Pools 7 and 8!
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Phone 608-784-2893 (Reservations)  608-784-8523 (Charters)
Email: laxqueen@greatriver.com

Mississippi River pools 7 and 8!

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Daily Sightseeing Cruise
(no reservations accepted)

*Reservations required for meal cruises below

Pizza Cruise

* Friday Dinner Cruise

* Saturday Dinner Cruise

* Captain's Sunday  Brunch

* Three Hour Cruise

*advance registration required for all meal cruises

* Private Party Cruises

The La Crosse Queen is U.S. Coast Guard inspected for safety and is licensed to carry up to 149 passengers.

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Click link, right,  for  Public Cruise Schedule 

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The La Crosse Queen is a modern-day replica of the grand river boats that plied the Mississippi River in the early 1900s. Cruising out of LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN, she is one of the few authentic Mississippi River paddlewheel river boats still in operation in the United States today. In keeping with early traditions, she was built with sternwheels that are her only means of propulsion. 

The La Crosse Queen has a split sternwheel and each half is run by a twin diesel engine; these power hydraulic motors which turn the paddles.  The split paddlewheel gives the Queen greater maneuverability and dependability. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddlewheelers in operation today that have a "free wheeling" paddlewheel at the stern of the boat for visual effect, but have traditional screw-type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion. 

The La Crosse Queen is U.S. Coast Guard inspected for safety and is licensed to carry up to 149 passengers.


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 Email: laxqueen@greatriver.com

Phone: 608-784-2893 (Reservations)  
608-784-8523 (Private Charters)

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River Boat Sightseeing Cruises   

Welcome aboard the authentic La Crosse Queen paddlewheeler for 1-1/2 hours of scenic delight on the upper Mississippi River! As the La Crosse Queen paddles upstream on the main channel of the Mississippi River, your guide will explain facts and trivia of the historical and present day river, along with local points of interest. Watch for eagles and other wildlife as we cruise past steep bluffs adjacent to the "Great River Road" (Hwy. 14/61) a route designated by AAA as one of the most scenic areas in the Midwest! As we near Lock & Dam No.7 in Dresbach, Minnesota, we will explain the locking process to you. Cocktails, pop and concessions are available to you. Daily river boat excursions early May through late October. Luncheons available on this cruise for groups of 25+, please inquire.

Captain's Sunday Brunch

Join us for a brunch fit for a "Queen" while you enjoy the beautiful sights along "Ol' Man River". Enjoy an array of hot breakfast and lunch entrees. To make the morning truly special, you will experience "locking through" Lock and Dam #7 on the Mississippi River (river conditions permitting). Our narrated tour is included.
* Advance reservations are necessary. *

Saturday Night Dinner Cruise

Bring your sweetheart, friends or family aboard for a magical evening on the Mississippi River. Sit back and relax while the La Crosse Queen paddles along the main channel. The musicians will provide an atmosphere of fine dining while you enjoy a tasty, chef-carved Prime Rib and  Chicken dinner. Later, they will serenade you while you relax on the upper deck and watch the world go by. As a special treat on this 2-1/2 hour river boat cruise, we will "lock thru" Lock and Dam No. 7, river conditions permitting.

* Advance reservations are necessary. *

Friday Night Dinner Cruise

These two-hour river boat dinner cruises are a wonderful way to unwind from a busy work week, travel schedule or convention. Sit back and relax while the La Crosse Queen paddles slowly along the main channel of the Mississippi River. The musicians will provide a relaxed atmosphere as you enjoy our Friday buffet-style dinner of Chicken and grilled Shrimp.
* Advance reservations are necessary. *

Three Hour Paddlewheel Cruise

Experience three hours on one of the most scenic stretches of the upper Mississippi River. Sit back and enjoy our narrated tour as we point out wildlife and historical points of interest. Our river cruise includes one of the oldest railroad swing bridges still in operation today. For a very special experience we will "lock thru" Lock and Dam #7, weather conditions permitting. A tasty double entree meal is served buffet-style for your enjoyment.
* Advance reservations are necessary. *

Pizza Cruise

Get together with friends, family or business associates for camaraderie and fun on this 90 minute scenic Mississippi River cruise. Enjoy complimentary pizza with unlimited beer and soda while you cruise on the mighty Mississippi River. This cruise is available to individuals, groups, and private parties, running mid-April through October. THIS CRUISE IS NOT NARRATED.
*Advance reservations are necessary. *

 Moonlight Cruise

This evening cruise is available for public and private groups. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, meals, and entertainment can be added to enhance the evening if you desire. Please call for rates and detailed information. Available mid-April through October.

Private Party Charters

La Crosse Queen riverboat cruises offer an authentic paddlewheel experience in La Crosse, Wisconsin.What better place to host your special occasion such as conventions, class reunions, receptions, weddings, business parties, and family get-togethers, than aboard the La Crosse Queen.

We’ll take the worry out of planning for you and attend to the details so you can sit back and relax. Cocktails, food service, and entertainment are available if desired. Back-to-back cruises are possible for extra large groups. Available mid-April-October.

* Please call 608-784-8523 for Private Party menus 
and more details.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, the La Crosse Queen is a true Mississippi River paddlewheeler!

  • Advance reservations are needed on all MEAL cruises for guaranteed passage; sightseeing cruises are available on a first-come basis.

  • The lower deck is climate controlled; the upper deck has a canopied cover and is open at the sides for enjoyment of the scenic view and feel of the breeze!

  • A full service bar is available with cocktails, pop and munchies.

  •  Dress on dinner cruises is casual. 

  • Click here to see current rate sheet.

  • We offer reserved seating on all meal cruises.

  • The La Crosse Queen is wheelchair accessible and equipped with restrooms, however we advise bus groups to make a restroom stop prior to boarding as our facilities are limited.





Passenger Loading at the river boat dock,
405 Veterans Memorial Drive.
West end of State Street, downtown
La Crosse, Wisconsin,
on the North end of Riverside Park

Phone 608-784-2893 (Reservations)  
608-784-8523 (Private Charters)


   Upper Mississippi River Paddlewheel Cruises, Pools 7 and 8, from
La Crosse, Wisconsin!!

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La Crosse Queen riverboat cruises offer an authentic paddlewheel experience in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

La Crosse Queen riverboat cruises offer an authentic paddlewheel experience in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The La Crosse Queen features an authentic split sternwheel.

Our home port of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is located on the scenic Upper Mississippi River on Pool 8.

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American Bald Eagles,  White Pelicans, Osprey, Egrets, ducks, and Great Blue Heron abound in this island-studded portion of the Upper Mississippi River.