by Laura Carstens, Planning Services Manager for the City of Dubuque

Chaplain Schmitt Island, located on the Mississippi River in the City of Dubuque, IA, was carved from a channel backwater in the 1930s to allow river access for an industrial district. The island began life as an airport during WWII and was then used as a landfill through the 1970s. Beginning in the 1980s, it became the city’s catch-all for a great variety of uses and activities, including recreation, gaming, and remembrance.

Today, Chaplain Schmitt Island is home to commercial and recreational uses, including a casino, restaurants, hotel, marina, excursion boat, sports complex, ice center, and parks. The Island offers opportunities for biking, hiking, picnicking, camping, boating, and fishing. It is also home to several veterans’ memorials.

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