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% 80%
  • Interactive 75% 75%
  • Refreshing – Back to Nature Experience – FUN 90% 90%
  • Customer Happiness 96% 96%