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Lake Cooper Loop

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Welcome to the Lake Cooper Loop, where the scenic beauty of the Mississippi River meets the charm of historic riverfront towns. Embark on a journey through Fort Madison, Montrose, and Keokuk on the Iowa side, and Hamilton, Nauvoo, and Niota on the Illinois side, each offering a unique blend of history, culture, and adventure. Step back in time as you explore history-filled museums and historic sites, immersing yourself in the stories of the past. Delight in the variety of shopping opportunities, from quaint boutiques to artisanal markets, in each charming community along the loop. Experience the vibrant spirit of the region through fairs, festivals, and special events held throughout the year, offering a glimpse into local traditions and culture. Embrace the slower pace of life as you leisurely Scoop the Loop, savoring each moment and creating lasting memories. During boating season, embark on the Lake Cooper River Run, where you'll discover six riverfront bars and restaurants offering delicious cuisine and refreshing drinks. Cruise along wide-open channels perfect for skiing, and discover hidden sandbars ideal for picnics and relaxation. As you journey along the loop, be sure to marvel at the architectural wonders, including the world's largest double-deck swing span bridge in Fort Madison and the awe-inspiring Lock and Dam 19, boasting the biggest drop on the Mississippi River. 
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In Iowa, sunny days mean endless possibilities. Whether it's a family getaway, an outdoor adventure, or anything in between, we know a place.