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Iowa - Minnesota - Wisconsin Tri-state

Coordinates (NAD27) N4330'2.2" W9113'3.9"
UTM Coordinates (NAD27) 15T 644108 4817715
UTM Coordinates (WGS84) 15T 644086 4817950
Elevation 625 feet (190.5 meters)

Description

This tri-point is in the center of the Mississippi River. It was not possible to put a canoe in the water opposite the tri-point because of dense underbrush, steep rocks, and intervening railroad tracks with considerable traffic, so we drove north about 1.5 miles to Bad Axe Landing. This is a public boat ramp maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers. It took only about 20 minutes to paddle downstream to the tri-point, a bad sign for the upstream return. We noticed a tri-point sign on the west bank and investigated. It looks to have been anchored in the river at one time but has now been dragged out of the river. We took turns paddling out to the tri-point for photos. The current here was considerable, especially for one paddler. The return trip took over an hour.


Photos (click to enlarge)

Beached sign depicting the tri-point.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Brian heading out to the tri-point in the inflatable kayak.
Photo by Gregg A. Butler
Brian at the tri-point, indicated by the arrow.
Photo by Gregg A. Butler
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