The idea of owning your own island is the stuff of movies. In Iowa, however, if you have the funds and clear the buying process, that dream could become a reality for you.

Located in the middle of the Mississippi River, just off the coast of Muscatine, IA (as weird as that is to say), sits Towhead Island. Towhead Island is a 129-acre island about 30 miles downstream from the Quad Cities. The island was initially listed for sale in December 2023, but is getting new press from KCCI and other outlets.

Photo Credit: Jake Will Photo + WQAD News 8, YouTube
Photo Credit: Jake Will Photo + WQAD News 8, YouTube

Towhead Island is listed on RE/MAX's website for $1.5 million. Back in December, the two realtors behind it, Dave and Steve Armstrong, appeared on WQAD News 8 to talk about the island listing. The men have never sold an island before, proving there is truly a first time fore everything.

Some notes about Towhead Island:

  • 129 acres in size
  • Most islands are government owned, whereas this one can/will be privately owned
  • It is presently owned by a family that's owned it for generations
  • The island is divided into two parcels with a pond perfect for swimming, duck-hunting, and shores for boating as well.

The island is accessible via boat access only. Furthermore, the Armstrong brothers noted that individuals they believed would like to own this island would be fishermen and boaters, or even industries, such as shipping companies. Here is the full description, per RE/MAX.

Rare opportunity to own your own island on the Mississippi River. Towhead Island is a well known 129 acre island located in Muscatine IA, just 30 miles downstream from the Quad Cities. Situated across from the boat dock in Muscatine, this is a great opportunity for sportsmen, hunters, fishermen, recreational boaters etc. There is timber, beaches, and a shallow lake. The island consists of 2 parts, with a cut between. Opportunities to harvest timber, one area currently leased to a barge company for tying off barges. Just below Lock and Dam #16. - per RE/MAX

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You can read more about Towhead Island being listed for sale for $1.5 million on WQAD's website, and see the listing itself on RE/MAX's website.

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