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The River Is In Our Backyard ! Mississippi River Lodge - Thomson Illinois

Bedrooms 4
Space 195 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Bathrooms, (Sleeps 8) Laundry, Very Large Deck

Located right on the banks of the Mississippi River with fantastic views of the river and nature from the dining area, the living room, three of the bedrooms and the large 14 foot by 34 foot deck. Watch wildlife and riverboats from a wide open view of the river.

Our location has one of the most awe-inspiring views of the Mississippi River around. The early morning sun rises to illuminate the Iowa bluffs across the river and on a calm windless morning the water will just glisten. Just ponder sitting on the deck, drinking your morning coffee, watching the river gently flowing by and the wildlife moving about the area in their morning search for food. During the migration seasons you can watch hundreds of American White Pelicans in the area. During the fall American White Pelican migration, the pelicans will flock in the area creating areas that look like islands of snow. Although you can occasionally see Bald Eagles any time of the year, they are very prevalent in the winter when there is ice on the river. There have been many times when we have watched over 24 Bald Eagles sitting on the ice right in front of the house.

In the evening you will want to keep your camera close by to get some great photos of the sunsets over the Mississippi River. Every evening is different. On a night with a clear sky, the sun just drops below the Iowa bluffs on the far side of the river, but on an evening with some cloud cover, the skies light up with the most beautiful colors imaginable. We hope your entire stay will be beautiful weather, but unfortunately, mother nature does send some stormy weather across the river. But even a storm with lightning is something to behold.

OK, so enough with the beauty of just sitting and watching nature. If you are a river lover, the Mississippi River offers you all kinds of fun. Fishing, water skiing, tubing, or cruising up the river, it's all here for your enjoyment. Since we are located on Big Slough, off of the main channel of the river, you can have fun without having to deal with a lot of river traffic. Access to the main channel is easy if you want to cruise the river. Only five miles up the river you can get into Lower Sabula Lake where there is a great new sand beach. A great place to take young children to play. See our page 'On The River' for printable maps of the Mississippi River in this area. There is a public boat launch only a quarter mile from the house where you can launch your boat. A dock is provided to moor your boat here at the house. If you do not have a boat, you can fish off the dock or the bank or you can rent a flat bottom boat at Fin And Feather Campground just North of the house.

Plan your next family vacation at our Mississippi River Lodge waterfront vacation home.

See "Notes" below for lower rates for less than 8 guests.

Maximum allowed occupancy is 10 guests.

More Details

Gary & Lorrie Heide
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
6 October, 2017

About Gary & Lorrie Heide

Lorrie and I live right next door. Our home has been in the family since 1939 and evolved over the many years. We recently purchased the vacation home and completely remodeled it into a dream vacation home. We love living on the Mississippi River with all of the view mother nature has to offer and we are positive that you will never forget your visit to the Mississippi River Lodge.

Gary & Lorrie Heide purchased this house in 2011

Why Gary & Lorrie Heide chose Thomson

Tremendous open views of the Mississippi River and fantastic sunsets. Very easy access to the river with a dock avilable that you can moor your boat to. A VERY large 13 X 34 foot deck with a gas grill to entertain everyone. Four bedrooms, three with queen size pillow top mattresses and one with two twin beds with pillow top mattresses. Three large full-size bathrooms, two with whirlpool tubs. Two upstairs and one downstairs. A new large fire-pit and patio is located along the river for your family evening campfire. The Great River Bike Path is only one block from the house. The Great River Bike Path runs from Rock Island to Savanna Illinois.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a wonderful vacation stay at Mississippi River Lodge! Hosts Gary and Lorrie are great and so is this property. It was amazing to be able to go to sleep at night looking out to see the river right there and so many stars! Peaceful, quiet getaway. Our group was 6 adults, 2 kids and 1 dog and we all had plenty of space and all the comforts of home. Sunsets on the river are spectacular and we loved seeing all the birds, especially the pelicans. We loved this property and missed being there as soon as we left!
Jul 2014
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Tri-Township Airport - Savanna
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Riverview Pub & Grub
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Palisades Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Illinois Route 84
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Chestnut Mountain

Located just South of Savanna and the Mississippi Palisades State Park where hiking trails and river overlooks are available. Wild Rose Casino is a short distance to the South in Clinton Iowa.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Thomson

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 195 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Located on the main level with easy access.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , jacuzzi , Located upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , jacuzzi , Located upstairs
  • One full bathroom located downstairs with a HUGE shower/tub, toilets and vanity. Two more full bathrooms located upstairs, one with a pedestal sink, toilet and a whirlpool tub, the second upstairs bathroom has a vanity sink, toilet, shower stall and a whirlpool tub. Tankless water heater assures endless hot water for the tubs and showers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Third bedroom again with a great view of the river.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , No riverview, but two very comfy pillowtop twins
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , Wall mounted tv, awesome view of river.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Wall mounted tv - awesome view of the river.
  • Three bedrooms looking out over the Mississippi River all with pillowtop queen mattresses. The center bedroom is decorated in a fishing theme, and one bedroom is decorated in a duck theme. Wall mounted flat screen TV's in two bedrooms. Fourth bedroom does not have a view of the river, but two very comfortable pillowtop twin beds. The three riverside bedrooms have a fantastic view of the river and all the wildlife.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Remember to bring your binoculars! Tri Township Airport ( KSFY ) is only 3 miles away. If you are flying into the area, call us and we will pick you up, or make arrangement for a car rental.


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The River Is In Our Backyard ! Mississippi River Lodge - Thomson Illinois
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great vacation! Home away from home. The house surpassed our expectations. Everything we needed and more was provided. Plenty of room for the eight of us. And all the kids (ages 12-20) enjoyed every minute of the, swimming, boating, bonfires. Thanks for the hospitality!!!

  • Review Submitted: 17/08/2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation at the Mississippi River Lodge!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days in June at this wonderful lodge and enjoyed every minute of it! It was so relaxing just sitting on the deck and watching the boats go by; a swarm of bass tournament contestants one Saturday morning and lots of ski boats and pontoon boats every day. The beautifully decorated lodge was immaculate with everything we needed for our stay. The owners live next door and couldn't be better hosts!! We highly recommend this place if you're looking for a quiet place to relax. Great food in town, too!

  • Review Submitted: 04/07/2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family celebration

  • 4 of 5

House was very comfortable, clean and owners very friendly and accommodating. Only thing we'd recommend to change are the shower heads in the showers and eliminate the oil scent in the stairway landing. Scent was pleasing but overpowering. Thank you for a wonderful stay. Would recommend to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 20/10/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family get together

  • 5 of 5

Was a very enjoyable time. House was as advertised. Everything was ready when we got there. And everything worked. Planning on returning again.

  • Review Submitted: 20/09/2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

The house is exactly as it is described in the photos and descriptions. The owners were accommodating in allowing us to check in a little early. The place was extremely clean and well kept. The view was absolutely amazing and BBQing on the deck was a lot of fun. We had 7 guests and never felt crampt. The house is great for people who love nature, being outdoors, and just relaxing. The only drawback is that there is not much to do in town, so you pretty much will spend your entire trip at the house.

  • Review Submitted: 02/09/2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome experieince

  • 5 of 5

Our annual family golf outing took us to Tomson, Illinois and the Mississippi River Lodge. Our experience was fantastic. The hosts, Gary and Lorri could not have been more accommodating. Our view of the sunset on the Mississippi river each night was amazing. Super clean rooms and a wonderful large deck made for the perfect stay. We had a total of 8 people and never felt crowded. It was money well spent. We will be back. I highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 15/09/2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Thomson

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
23 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection AU$77.99
Cleaning Fee AU$132.19
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change. There is a $30.00 per person additional if over 8 in party. Maximum capacity is 10 guests. Rates are based on occupancy of 8 guests. If you are a group of 4 or less please contact us for lower rates. Please call or see our website at

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