The scenic cruises up and down the Mississippi River are set to begin next week, but officials at the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau are watching the river levels nervously. More often than not, it's high water that can throw a monkey wrench into the river tourism industry. Right now, CVB President Brett Stawar says water levels are low enough that other problems may surface.
He says the river should be high enough that travel won't be a problem, but docking may require the owners to find longer gangways so passengers can board the boat. The Spirit of Peoria is one of the only authentic paddlewheelers still cruising the Mississippi. It routinely travels up and down the Illinois River and Mississippi River.