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The Great River Road in Illinois

Eagle Watching

More than 3,000 wintering bald eagles converge along the byway from mid-November through mid-March. Eagles hunt for fish along the Mississippi River’s ice-free segments, making locks and dams favorite stops for them and picture spots for you. Improve your chances of seeing our national bird by attending an event or tour like Audubon Eagle Ice Festival, Bald Eagle Days in Rock Island, Bald Eagle Bus Tours from Galena, and Great River Eagle Days in Quincy.

 

Brussels Ferry

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

Chester Welcome Center

Clifton Terrace Park

Devil's Backbone Park

East Dubuque Public Boat Ramp

Elsah

Grafton Riverfront

Grafton SkyTour

Gramercy Park

Hampton Heritage Interpretive Center

Hardin Riverfront

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Illiniwek Forest Preserve

Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Lock and Dam 13

Lock and Dam 14

Lock and Dam 16

Lock and Dam 18

Lock and Dam 19

Lock and Dam 21

Locks and Dam 15

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

Marquette Park

Mississippi Palisades State Park

National Great Rivers Museum & Melvin Price Locks and Dam 26

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Pere Marquette State Park

Piasa Harbor

Quinsippi Island

Savanna Marina

Schwiebert Riverfront Park

Sturgeon Bay Park & Campground

The Nature Institute: Olin Nature Preserve, Mississippi Sanctuary, Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary, Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park

Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

Treehouse Wildlife Center

Two Rivers Marina

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge and Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center