Great River Road 09 - Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

Grandad Bluff is supposed to be one of the best scenic overlooks along the Mississippi.

In plotting our drive of the Great River Road some of the brochures featured views from Grandad Bluff in Lacrosse, WI.

Preferred RV Route

If you are going to visit the Bluff while driving your RV don’t take the suggested route on Bliss Avenue. There is a bridge with a low weight limit on that path.

Instead use local Highway 33 to F drive.

Are the Bluffs RV Friendly?

We actually stopped to take a moment to see if the park was RV-friendly. All I could find was a suggestion for commercial busses to take the route suggested above. I assumed that they’d only make that recommendation if there were actually large busses headed up, so figured we’d be OK to take our fifth wheel too.

Well, for the most part.

A Busy Park!

Our first issue was going on a sunny, mild, Saturday afternoon in the fall when the color is in full bloom. The drive was a solid parade of cars going in and out.

I kept watching other drivers and no one wavved their arms or shouted at us so I assumed seeing large-ish RVs in the park was no big deal.

Driving In

We passed a paved turn-around point but the park continued. We passed a gravel turn-around point right by a gate but the park continued. We passed a gravel parking area slammed full of cars but the park continued.

Then we came to the end of the park drive where it terminates by the main overlook. The parking lot is not a circle drive, but more like a suburban cul-de-sac with parking around the outer rim.

No way out without backing up.

Did I mention it was busy?

Crazy Presidential-visit busy. Groups of people. Cars coming and going. Waiting for spots. Parking on the road.

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

View from Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

MsBoyink at Grandad Bluff

MsBoyink at Grandad Bluff

Boyink getting the photos at Grandad Bluff

Boyink getting the photos at Grandad Bluff

The parking lot I had to turn around 55' of RV in, with an audience of 100 people.

The parking lot I had to turn around 55' of RV in, with an audience of 100 people.

Putting On a Show

By the time we figured the lot out there was no alternative than driving into it. I scanned the open spaces and saw a spot where they didn’t allow parking where I could pull my nose into.

A lucky open spot across the lot from that gave me a place to shoot for backing the trailer into.

MsBoyink jumped out to spot me.

Once we waited for the other clueless me-first-I-don’t-notice-you drivers to move out the way I started my back-and-fill. 

People stopped heading for the bluff overlook and choose to watch me instead. The constant stream of cars coming into the lot had to hold up.

I heard a guy say “that’s my Suburban back there” - next to the open spot where I was pushing the trailer.

Funny thing?

I actually wasn’t that nervous. I knew I had the space I needed. 5 years of pulling an RV fulltime is great training for these types of situations.

Not Bad!

I think I did 4 back and fills before being able to pull the nose of the truck around and head back out.

I saw at least a couple of people applaud, but alas, no tips so I guess performance RV turning around isn’t quite ready for prime time yet.

We drove back to the gravel turn-around spot, pulled off, and walked back for our turn appreciating the view.

Have You Gotten in a Bad Spot?

Have you driven your RV into a spot you couldn’t easily get out of?

2 Comments Great River Road 09 - Grandad Bluff, Lacrosse, WI

  1. Picture of MartiDIY MartiDIY October 18, 2015

    You’d think there would have been a sign saying no outlet or something.

    We once had to turn around in a residential cul-de-sac pulling a trailer, in a neighborhood crowded with cars and trucks.  They were having a neighborhood garage sale and no sign for us either.

  2. Picture of Michael Boyink Michael Boyink October 18, 2015

    Agreed! Or “RV parking” signs at the spots where you could.

    We just figured it was a good advertising opportunity…so many eyeballs looking at our rig/blog name..;)

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