review Up on the River With the People and Wildlife of the Upper Mississippi
Up on the River is John Madson’s loving and often hilarious tribute to the people animal life and places of the Upper Mississippi Madson’s Upper Mississippi is the part “between the saints” from St Louis to St Paul and where for thirty years he explored the bright waters of the upper reaches of the mighty river itself as well as the tangled multitude of sloughs cuts and side channels that wander through its wooded islands and floodplain forests “Some of my best time on the River has been i.
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N the company of game wardens biologists commercial fishermen clammers trappers hunters and a smelly mud smeared coterie of river rats in general and my views of the River are far likely to reflect theirs than those of the transportation industry” Madson writes of his thirty year acuaintance with the Mississippi Traveling mainly by canoe and johnboat he tells of encounters between archetypal commercial fishermen and archetypal game wardens over hot fish chowder fishing for crappies in the tops of su.
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Bmerged trees and for walleyes amid gale force winds nesting and migrating herons and ducks and eagles the histories of river logging and pearling and button making and towboats and barges and the lives of the “ramstugenous” people who move freight on the river Learning about the Upper Mississippi via the wry tutelage of John Madson who discovered that “whenever I am out on a river some of its freeness rubs off on me” readers of this classic book will also come under the spell of this freenes.