What to do and see in Guttenberg, United States: The Best Places and Tips

August 8, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Guttenberg is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United States, along the Mississippi River. The population was 1,919 at the 2010 census, down from 1,987 at the 2000 census.
Restaurants in Guttenberg

1. Wyalusing State Park

13081 State Park Ln, Bagley, WI 53801-9737 +1 608-996-2261
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 86 reviews

Wyalusing State Park

Reviewed By southbison - Rhinelander, Wisconsin

We enjoy the view from the overlooks to the Wisconsin and Mississippi river junction. There is a nice hiking trail along the bluff. It can be steep and slippery in places. It is just a day trip for me but there is camping and other activates available . It is a state park so there is a fee to enter. It has a small concession and gift shop so you can get a souvenir if desired. There is a boat landing available. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. Nice for bird watching. I enjoy seeing the vultures soar out in front and below the bluffs.

2. Pikes Peak State Park

32264 Pikes Peak Rd, McGregor, IA 52157-8752 +1 563-873-2341
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 264 reviews

Pikes Peak State Park

Reviewed By OneAddictedTraveler - Lake Elmo, Minnesota

This park sits atop the bluff named Pikes Peak. The picnic grounds are well groomed and the sights from the overlook are superior. You stand above the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

Many trails lead to other overlooks and a substantial group of Indian mounds. Trails on steep slopes near the primary overlook are all constructed wooden steps and walkways.

The campground is inexpensive but poorly laid out with sites almost on top of each other. Most sites have electricity hookups but are not particularly level. Restrooms are clean and include showers.

Straight down the bluff is a mainline railway and you can hear the rumble and whistle all night.

3. Cassville Car Ferry

Prime Street, Cassville, WI +1 608-725-5180
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Cassville Car Ferry

Reviewed By C K - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bring binoculars & a sense of fun for this short adventure across the river, or in our case, lawn chairs & refreshments for an easy sunset "out & back." No reservations needed but check the website so you understand how it works.
Two caveats:
1) Cash only. No phone money or plastic.
2) Bear in mind, if you're not in a vehicle, you are be exposed to the elements.

Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles hunting high above the water & bluffs. Also, be sure to watch what happens to the wheelhouse when you go back across the river. Staff is friendly & informative.

During summer months check the Cassville town website or ask locals about the monthly two hour sunset cruise on the river~byo beverages. The ferry docks in a park near Cassville's downtown. On the Iowa side, Promise Land Winery offers a wagon ride on some Sundays so walk-on ferry riders can spend the afternoon sipping on the bluffs, listening to live music. Otherwise, it's a quiet 2 mile walk on a sunny gravel road.

A quick crossing saves miles & is easy on the wallet. Some ferries nickle & dime fares, but not here--vehicle fares include people, so for example two people on a motorcycle is 1 motorcycle fare (not motorcycle + 2 people).

Hope to see you on the river!

4. Lock and Dam No. 10

Guttenberg, IA 52052
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Lock and Dam No. 10

Reviewed By david_hance_iowa - Ankeny, Iowa

I have been to Lock 10 many times in recent times. The tow boats do not travel the river in the winter nor at times of low water. You need to plan a visit during the summer when the boats are hauling grain or other bulk materials in barges. I love to see the boats at night with the big search lights are scanning the shore line. I like to hear the big engines straining to push or pull barges into the locks. It is easy to sit in River Park and have a clear view of everything that is happening on the river. There is plenty of free parking. You can watch from shore for free. It is cheap entertainment.

5. Stonefield Historic Site

12195 County Hwy VV, Cassville, WI 53806-9775 +1 608-725-5210
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Stonefield Historic Site

Home to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Museum, and recreated 1901 Farmstead and Village, Stonefield shares the story of the agricultural communities that cultivated Wisconsin’s growth. 2018 Season is May 26-Oct 19.

Reviewed By JesseWhite - Fitchburg, Wisconsin

My wife and I visited on a warm afternoon in the middle of the summer. There is a lot to see and learn among the grounds of Stonefield and across the road at the former governors dilapidated mansion. Both of the staff we came in...MoreThank you for your candid review from your visit in 2016. We have gone through staff changes since then and encourage you to visit again. Good to know that you enjoyed the Village and Wisconsin State Agricultural Museum.

6. PromiseLand Winery

39053 Great River Rd, Guttenberg, IA 52052-8253 +1 563-252-2665
Excellent
56%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

PromiseLand Winery

PromiseLand Winery is a family-run operation, located in the Southern hills of Guttenberg, IA, on the Great River Road. Owners, Pat and Cindy Wachendorf, offer a one-of-a-kind experience, that will make you feel right at home. Inside the winery, you will find a spacious tasting room, an event room that can be used for small to medium-sized parties, and 5 boutiques that will fulfill your shopping needs! Feel free to take a walk or drive up to our vineyard to see where our award-winning wines began. Enjoy some music in the front courtyard when the weather is nice or warm up by a cozy fire when it’s too cold to be outside! Whatever the occasion, PromiseLand Winery is a unique and gorgeous destination!

Reviewed By travelbugIowa - Iowa

We had a group of six that stopped in to sample the Promiseland Wines. We found many very tasty for sure! We happened to be there on a day where the local fire department was having a fund raiser so the staff was very busy, but still found time to let our group sample.

After sampling we purchased some and took the wine outside on the patio to listen to the free music entertainment. With a great fall day, great wines, great friends, and great music our time was enjoyed by all. You will not go wrong stopping at this winery!

7. Nelson Dewey State Park

Highway V V, Cassville, WI
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Nelson Dewey State Park

Reviewed By C K - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It gets buggy and humid here, this is the Mississippi River basin, but the View! The four walk-in sites on the bluff have gorgeous views. Reserve early!

The park is lightly used, bathrooms were cleaned well daily (if they're dirty it's fellow campers' fault). Even during 4th of July week, nearly half the sites were available. Underbrush separates most of the sites, giving a sense of privacy.

There's a beautiful day use/picnic area with stellar views, hiking trails, and one strategically placed bench for sunset watchers. Stonefield Village is just outside the entrance to the park & is worth spending a day. There's also the Anker Inn Smokehouse (serving food Thu-Sun 4-9), Cassville Ferry, tubing on the Grant River, and an inexpensive city pool just minutes from Nelson Dewey. Potosi Brewery is an easy drive on the Great River Road. In other words, plenty of low key amusement.

For no-see-ums try this old river rat trick: vanilla, the cheapest you can find, and keep applying it. It really helps, even if you do smell like cookies.

8. Heavens Hill (Antiques And More)

27793 Highway 52 North, Guttenberg, IA 52052-8313 +1 563-252-2185
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
33%
Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Heavens Hill (Antiques And More)

Reviewed By Debbra H - Iowa City, Iowa

An OMG shop!!!!You'll find a memory every time and clean ship.The shop is set up like a bunch of shops inside.Everything from Gas and Oil,Signs,Local collectibles, Hunting and Fishing, collectible toys.Eady to spend an hour and still not see it all.

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