Getting on the River
Brothers Tim and Jim Lodermeier have spent every summer since 1986 running the Great Alma Fishing Float (608.380.7296/608.380.5322; open from mid-March–Oct), a good place to do some fishing if you don’t have a boat with you. A boat will pick you up at a small dock across the tracks at the foot of Pine Street; lift the board to signal you need a ride. The shuttle runs frequently until 11am, then only runs hourly; don’t forget your fishing license. You are welcome to ride the shuttle and hang out without fishing (fee for the shuttle ride).
If you want to captain your own boat, you have a few options. Fun ‘N the Sun (Great River Harbor, S2221 State Highway 35; 888.343.5670) rents houseboats in a variety of sizes, from 12’ x 32’ to 18’ x 60’. You can also rent pontoon boats or a fishing boat.
Alma Marina (125 Beach Harbor Rd.; 608.685.3333) also has some rental boats: a 40’ Skipper Liner that can sleep 6–8 or the 52’ Skipper Liner that can sleep up to 11; they also rent a pontoon boat.
At the visitor center, pick up a self-guided walking tour of Alma’s historic buildings.
**Alma is covered in Small Town Pleasures and Road Tripping Along the Great River Road, Vol. 1. Click the link above for more. Disclosure: This website may be compensated for linking to other sites or for sales of products we link to.
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