Catfish Creek is a 21.2-mile-long (34.1 km) tributary of the upper Mississippi River in northeastern Iowa. It rises southwest of Dubuque, just southeast of Peosta. The Middle Fork rises west of Dubuque and flows under and then parallel to U.S. Route 20; the former Illinois Central Railroad, now the Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad has its mainline in it. The remaining forks of the creek are all south of U.S. Route 52. Swiss Valley Park, maintained by Dubuque County, is along the main fork of the creek, which is a designated trout stream through the park. In recent years, people have been trying to stop the erosion in this relatively flat way out of the Gorge of the Upper Mississippi. The North Fork of the creek has been proposed for a trail/park.
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“It might be seen by what tenure men held the earth. The smallest stream is mediterranean sea, a smaller ocean creek within the land, where men may steer by their farm bounds and cottage lights. For my own part, but for the geographers, I should hardly have known how large a portion of our globe is water, my life has chiefly passed within so deep a cove. Yet I have sometimes ventured as far as to the mouth of my Snug Harbor.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)