Up the Creek without a Paddle...

Lodge, RV Park, & Campground

Things to do

Lansing Iowa has over 15 shops and/or restaurants on a historic Main St. , where you will find great food and quaint shops.


A spectacular panoramic view of fifty miles of the beautiful Mississippi River valley rewards visitors who take the trip up to Mount Hosmer City Park, situated on a bluff 450 feet above the town of Lansing.

Fishing and Boating

Lansing Iowa has a recently updated boat launch to the Mississippi with a very large parking area located within 1 mile from the Broken Paddle. (Village Creek Boat Landing)

Walking and Hiking Trails

If you plan to set out walking in Lansing Iowa one of the best spots is right along the river. Great views and level walking make this a favorite.

Mt. Hosmer (Main and 6th St) also has 3 walking trails that offer excellent vistas over Lansing and The River. These trails are generally shorter trails and most can be walked in less than 15 minutes.

If you want something more, Effigy mounds State Park (about 30 minutes south of Lansing is a State Park with ranger guided tours and well worth investigating. It is named after the mounds the Indians constructed in the shapes of animal effigies.

Yellow River State Forest is also an exceptional park with a beautiful lake/lagoon that also offers hiking trails and caters to guests that may also bring horses for riding the trails.

Bird Watching

Amazing numbers of Tundra Swans and Bald Eagles.

The majority of people who visit the Upper Mississippi come to see eagles. On a summer day, you can watch bald eagles soar in the blue sky all up and down the river.

Just north of Lansing, the Brownsville (Minnesota) Overlook, provides a magnificent panorama giving visitors an opportunity to witness extraordinary events on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. From eagles and pelicans, coots and ducks, to tundra swans and geese, it's a birdwatchers’ bounty.

The Overlook, which is not too far from the Iowa border, offers visitors amazing wildlife sights, including the annual cycle of the tundra swans blanketing the river in a sea of white. Annually, more than 40,000 people visit the site to witness the magic of migration and to listen to the unique song of the tundra swan echo across the river and bounce off the bluffs. The tundra swans number in the 50 thousand range during the November migration and the sounds of that many swans is deafening and recommended! The Brownsville overlook is on Highway #26 about 15 miles north of Lansing along The River.

What to bring

The Lodge has a full kitchen supplied with pans, dishes, and cooking utensils, and there is a dishwasher with soap provided. There is also a charcoal grill provided upon request, but you will need to bring the charcoal and lighter. There is a full bath, but you will need to bring your favorite shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrush. There are towels and washcloths provided.