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Iowa - Caught Fish Are Safe to Eat

Most of Iowa’s streams, rivers and lakes offer safe and high-quality fish that pose little or no threat to human health if eaten. 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. 

Find the most up to date list of consumption advisories at www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Water-Quality/Water-Monitoring/Fish-Tissue. New advisories are issued and existing advisories are removed, based on results of annual fish contaminant monitoring in Iowa.

Mississippi River - Pool 9

Pool 9 Map

Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi River extends 31.3 miles from Lock and Dam 9 in Lynxville, Wisconsin to Lock and Dam 8 near Genoa, Wisconsin. The Iowa border is just above New Albin, Iowa about six miles downstream of Lock and Dam 8. Pool 9 has 35,169 acres of aquatic habitat. The upper and middle portions of the pool has many islands, channels and backwaters while the lower pool is a broad expanse of open water.  Pool 9 encompasses most of the natural river floodplain and is bounded by limestone bluffs. The Upper Iowa River enters the Mississippi River in Pool 9 south of New Albin. The Iowa DNR’s Pool Slough Wildlife Management Area is located in Pool 9 east of New Albin. Pool 9 is also part of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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