IL 2017 Mississippi River Rendezvous September 29-Oct 1 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 02-16-2017, 01:16 PM   #1
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2017 Mississippi River Rendezvous September 29-Oct 1

This year the rally returns to Thomson Causeway Campground operated by the Army Corp of Engineers. I have to use the term "returns" loosely because the rally has never been held at Thomson. It was scheduled for Thomson last year but Ole Man River got our reservation mixed up and flooded us out three days before the start. We were very fortunate to find an alternative and last years rally did not miss a beat.

Thomson, Illinois is a sleepy community between Galena, Illinois and the twin cities of Fulton, Illinois and Clinton, Iowa. The campground is on the Great River Trail and offers the usual amenities that the COE is known for. Here is a link to the event from last year.

The festivities begin on Friday September 29, 2017. The booking window for campsites opens on March 29, 2017. We will be using sites 99-126, but three additional loops are available, two of those are within easy walking distance.

The nearby shelter, Stone, has been reserved for the duration of the rally.

The rally brings a nice mix of fiberglass owners, wannabe owners, traditional trailers and mere mortals caught in the middle of a rally. This will be the third year of the rally. We hope you can join us this year.

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Old 02-17-2017, 10:01 AM   #2
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Sounds good, we'll try to be there.
I s'pose there is not too much train traffic there.

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Old 02-17-2017, 10:28 AM   #3
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Just where is thomson causeway ? Sounds like fun!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-17-2017, 12:02 PM   #4
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Where are you located in Wi.? ; I'm in Galena .
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Old 02-17-2017, 07:00 PM   #5
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For starters Thomson Causeway is located in Thomson IL. It is about 20 minutes south of Galena Il.

There are railroad tracks at the entrance to the campground but there are very few trains that pass. I believe it is less than two a day. The BNSF mainline goes through Galena but fortunately turns east for Chicago just north of Thomson, that is a heavily travelled line but not an issue at Thomson.

Being from Janesville WI, we camp on the Mississippi quite often. If you want trains try Grants River in Potosi WI. Not sure what the current count is, due to the down swing of oil out of North Dakota, but it was upwards of 45 trains a day. Because there is a signaled crossing in to the campground the trains always had to use their standard two long, one short, one long horn at the crossing. North or Westbound trains would be right about at the campground for the last long horn. Made for some intermittent sleep. I personally liked it as I know others do, but unless you know what you are getting in to it can be upsetting.

So Thomson is quiet, there might be some sounds from tug boats, but the main river channel is quite a bit away, really on the Iowa shore. If you listen you can sometimes hear their engines.

So you like Carp? One time I saw them hauling carp out by the garbage can. Properly prepared, it is considered a delicacy. Iowa Dave may interject with his favorite carp recipe.
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