Ice can begin to set in by November in the shallow backwaters of the Upper Mississippi and stick around until April. During those months, the ice can look remarkably different from place to place and day to day, as it is shaped and reshaped by wind, thawing and freezing, the river’s current, and other forces. The photos in this gallery, taken over several winters, highlight some of the variety in Upper Mississippi ice.
The Icy Mississippi
About the Author: Dean Klinkenberg
Dean Klinkenberg, the Mississippi Valley Traveler, is on a mission to explore the rich history, diverse cultures, and varied ecosystems of the Mississippi River Valley, from the Headwaters in northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. He is the author of Rock Island Lines, a mystery, and several guidebooks for the Mississippi Valley.