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Mississippi River - Pool 14

Pool 14 extends 29.2 miles from Lock and Dam 14 in Le Claire to Lock and Dam 13 near Clinton. Industrial and urban development dominates the upper third of the pool. The middle portion of the pool contains many islands, side channels, and backwaters. The river downstream of Princeton is constricted by the Fulton-Rock Island gorge and lacks side channel or backwater habitats. The Wapsipinicon River empties into Pool 14. The Iowa DNR’s Princeton Wildlife Management Area is located downstream of the mouth of the Wapsipinicon River. The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge extends downstream into Pool 14 to just upstream of Princeton, Iowa.


Navigation maps are available from this US Army Corps of Engineers web site (link takes you offsite).

Fish Species

Major species: bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, sauger, walleye, white bass

Minor species: flathead catfish, paddlefish, northern pike

Iowa - Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat

The vast majority of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if consumed. Some limitations may apply for young children and pregnant women. Here’s a Fish Consumption Fact Sheet from the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Dept. of Public Health for more information. Here is a list of current fish consumption advisories for Iowa lakes and rivers.