Bill's River Retreat

Mississippi River, Thomson, IL



December, 2009



  Nutshell: Two little bunk rooms.  One with queen size bed (wall to wall bed).  Other with twin bunk.  Living area has large couch (sleep someone around six foot very comfortably).  Full sized kitchen with small four burner propane stove and microwave.  .  Small living area with fireplace, couch, dining table and window seat overlooking river, 26 inch TV.  Basement is about 1/3 size of main floor (Cottage does have heating and air conditioning).  Has shower and work area.  Lower level also has screened in porch with built-in wood/charcoal burning grill.  Has boat house on river but no boat (News Flash - Now with nice open bowed boat for skiing, tubing and pleasure cruising).  There is a very nice public launch about 1/4 mile up road (see pictures below).  
  There is also a bike path that starts in Thomson that extends to the Quad Cities (I think it is along some old train right-of-way)).  


Located ON the Mississippi River Quickest via 88 2:45 from NW Chicago (153 miles)
Looking from Front Door View from River
SW View from Window NW View from Window
SW Towards Main Channel NW, Note Opening in Earthen Dam (To Spring Lake)

Savanna - "Sportsman's Paradise"  Bar's Restaurant's (McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC).  About 3,500 resident's.  Bridge to Iowa north of town.  About 4 miles south of Mississippi Palisades State Park (Hiking, Camping, Great Views).  Approximately 45 minutes to Chestnut Mountain Skiing and Galena.





Lynnwood Links Golf 2mi (Buck's Barn Restaurant and small hotel)




Note location of New Guantanamo, IL - Thanks Quinn and Obama


Thomson 5 mi- Couple Bars, Pizza Joint, Nearest gas station (2).





Lock and Dam #13 8mi.  Bald Eagle viewing area especially during winter when most of river is frozen over.



Fulton 12mi- Few bars and restaurants.  Great place for Pizza and 10oz frosted beers for $1.25.  Bridge to Iowa.

Clinton - Decent sized city about 14 miles from cottage.  Hospitals,  Casino, Baseball Team (Lumberkings in league with Kane County Cougars), Walmart, Target, Bowling . . .


View of Mississippi River structure from cottage to Iowa.

Around the Place NE Around the Place SE
Around the Place SW Around the Place NW
River Rats Kyle Praying
Tina Saying "Slower" - Vince and Kyle saying "Faster" Das Boat
Lookout At Palisades State Park (No Hiking Requied !!) Fire By River
Concrete launch ramp 1/10 mile from Cabin  
  The New "Guantanamo"
Matt and Vince "On Ice"!