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Viking starting to talk docking dates with La Crosse

Brad Williams

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The American Queen might have to share the La Crosse riverfront with Viking Cruise ships by 2022

The big riverboats operated by the Viking Cruise Line could start coming to La Crosse in 2022. 

City park director Jay Odegaard says more work has to be done in the next couple of years to increase the amount of docking space at Riverside Park, for larger boats.    

Viking recently signed an agreement with Burlington, Iowa to have first choice of docking dates on the Mississippi River for a two-year period. 

Odegaard says La Crosse intends to include Viking stops with visits by the paddlewheelers like the American Queen.  

“Kind of the step forward that has recently occurred was the outpouring of their listed 2022-2023 dates,” Odegaard said.

Odegaard added that La Crosse is preparing to expand the Riverside Park levee, so it can handle as many as four big boats at one time.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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