Twilight River Cruises in LeClaire, Iowa

by Lauren Griffin
A cruise aboard the Twilight River Boat provides a way to see the Mississippi River.

A cruise aboard the Twilight River Boat provides a way to see the Mississippi River.

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LeClaire, Iowa, nestled on the bank of the Mississippi River, was once home to a number of river pilots famous for navigating the dangerous Upper Rapids between LeClaire and Rock Island, Illinois. LeClaire continues to celebrate its heritage and its historic ties to the Mississippi with Twilight River Boat cruises that make guests feel as though they've traveled back through time to the days when ferries were the main means of transportation up and down the Mississippi River.

Twilight River Boat

The Twilight River Boat is a replica steamboat that captures the lavish style of the boats that ruled the river during the Victorian period. The ship's interior and exterior, all three decks of it, are adorned with ornate details, making it obvious why Mark Twain once referred to riverboats as "floating palaces." Once aboard, guests can spend time in the indoor dining salons or observe the scenery from the sundecks. While the Twilight moves fast, its quiet, graceful and smooth movement promises a peaceful ride for those aboard.


A river cruise aboard the Twilight takes guests 166 miles up the Mississippi River for a two-day overnight adventure. The cruise departs from LeClaire every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Upon leaving LeClaire, the ship travels north up the Mississippi River, providing views of Iowa and Illinois. When the Twilight reaches Dubuque, Iowa, guests spend the night in the Riverfront Grand Harbor Resort. The next morning, guests reboard the boat and begin their trip back to LeClaire.

On Board

On board the Twilight, guests have a number of things to keep them busy. Guests often relax on the decks and do some sightseeing. On its way up and down the river, the Twilight River Cruise takes passengers past a number of noteworthy sights, such as the Spring Side House, a prime example of Gothic Revival architecture in Bellevue, Iowa, to the Mississippi Palisades State Park's stunning limestone bluffs in Savanna, Illinois. Live musical performances provide another source of entertainment. Inside, guests can play cards and enjoy each other's company. Meals are also served in the dining salon.


A ride on the Twilight River Boat means a visit to the heart of downtown LeClaire. The ship's dock is at the public boat landing, which is at the intersection of Front Street and Wisconsin Street. As passengers board, a look north shows the Buffalo Bill Museum, which honors William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, the famed frontiersman and Wild West showman, who was born in LeClaire.

About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

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