Captain Robert C. Vavra
Maiden Voyage Riverboat Captain
This is My Story
I grew up along the Mississippi River in Iowa. After high school I worked on the river commercial fishing, clamming and trapping as a way of life. Unfortunately, the day of the hunter-gatherer on the River came to an end. Families that had made their living on the River for generations were forced to give it up. I followed suit and opened a restaurant in Harpers Ferry, IA. My wife, Deb and I eventually sold the restaurant and purchased a small campground but I still had a dream of making a living on the River, so I went to school to become a certified captain. Upon receiving my Master’s License I bought a tour boat in Norfolk, Virginia and had it transported back to the Mississippi River.
As a family we are involved in a number of interesting activities. I’m an 18 year veteran of Harpers Fire Dept. Deb is a long time board member of our Library and also works full time at Cabela’s Sporting Goods in Prairie du Chien. Our son Cody completed his Associates Degree, holds a Linesman certificate, is an avid outdoorsman, and an Eagle Scout. River.
- Educational 80%
- Interactive 75%
- Refreshing – Back to Nature Experience – FUN 90%
- Customer Happiness 96%