Birdwatchers are afforded wonderful opportunities to view migrating waterfowl in the spring and the fall, including tundra swans, diving ducks, mergansers and cormorants. Fountain City is a great place to see eagles, birds and other wildlife.
Take a pedal down the Mississippi River on the Great River State Trail. Enjoy 24 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. This 24-mile trail travels through prairies and backwaters of the upper Mississippi River valley. Built on an abandoned Chicago-Northwestern railroad line, the trail has a finely crushed limestone surface suitable for walking and bicycling for much of the year and snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter.
Merrick Park is located along the lazy Mississippi River north of Fountain City, the 322-acre Merrick State Park is popular with anglers and boaters. The marshy backwaters are home for egrets, herons, muskrats and otters.