The Mississippi River walk is one of my favorite walks in Dubuque. The combination of rich Dubuque history, awesome Mississippi beauty and interesting wild life is hard to beat, any time of the year. This cache is part of a series of three caches, including Mississippi River Walk-North, Mississippi River Walk- South and the Mississippi River Walk-Bonus Cache. To find the Bonus cache you first have to complete the North and South caches.
The parking area is located in front of the levee and has the following coordinates: N 42 29.300 W 90 39.490 . Please note that this is a gravel parking spot and the start of your walk (The drive to the parking spot can be a little rough at times as this is an industrial area). Mississippi River Walk South is much less developed than its counterpart River Walk North and it follows the railroad tracks, so you will have many opportunities for "trainspotting". The micro cache is hidden at the coordinates provided in the cache listing. Please bring your own pen or pencil to sign the log! After you park your car, find the asphalt path next to the parking area and walk to the top of the flood wall. The rest of the walk is an easy asphalt path with many scenic views. The levee walk is very popular and you’ll see cyclists, couples out for a leisurely stroll, dogs and their owners and some joggers. The end of the walk is a scenic turnaround point with some great views. There are many benches to sit and relax along the way. Just to the South of the turnaround point you can see the grave of Julien Dubuque, the first European to settle in what would become the state of Iowa. The cache should be a fairly easy find, but some stealth may be required depending on the time of the year (summers are busier). The River Walk is also a popular “hunting ground” for the photographers of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, so don’t be surprised to find your picture in the newspaper the next day (mine was listed as “Winterwalker” a few years ago and is currently my profile picture).
When you find the cache make sure you also write down the West coordinates for the Bonus cache hidden in the River Walk South cache.. The North coordinates of the Bonus cache can be found in the log of Mississippi River Walk North cache.