As the winter wind blows in from the north, it's time to check-in all around Alton and let your winter eagle watching adventure begin! Here are our favorite eagle watching hot spots.
1. Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
Visit Alton: View eagles in action soaring high above the confluence from viewing platforms at 50, 100 & 150 feet. Put on your eagle eyes because the vantage point is awesome.
2. National Great Rivers Museum
Visit Alton: Eagles looking for fish can be seen soaring above the Locks & Dam. The National Great Rivers Museum offers indoor spotting scopes for viewing.
3. Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Visit Alton: Visit the new Riverlands Audubon Center to use indoor spotting scopes and view eagles in the Ellis Bay refuge of the sanctuary.
4. Alton Visitors Center & Regional CVB
Visit Alton: This is your Eagle Watching Headquarters. View a live bald eagle on select Saturdays in January. Pick up information on dining, loding, shopping, events and the best places to see the eagles.
5. The Nature Institute
Visit Alton: Hit the trails for a bluff top view of the eagles soaring over the Mississippi River.
6. Clifton Terrace Park
Visit Alton: Just 6 miles from Alton on the scenic byway, pull off here for a safe place to view eagles on the river.
Visit Alton: This a great place to pull off and rest from your eagle watching adventures and safely view eagles on the river.
8. Grafton Riverfront
Visit Alton: Head down to Front St. and stretch your legs with a quick walk along the riverfront to view eagles perched in the trees and out on the river.
9. Brussels Ferry
Visit Alton: Eagles are active near the Brussels Ferry, where they enjoy perching in the tall cottonwood trees lining the river banks.
10. Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Brussels
Visit Alton: Ride across the Brussels Ferry into Calhoun County and follow the signs to Swan Lake. Stop at the Visitor Center to use the viewing scopes.
11. Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge, Grafton
Visit Alton: One half mile upriver from the Brussels Ferry is Gilbert Lake. The trees out in the field often have eagles perched there.
12. Pere Marquette State Park
Visit Alton: The park is a popular home to eagles, which are often seen along the Illinois River banks and spotted from various scenic lookout points within the park.
13. Hardin Riverfront
Visit Alton: On IL Rte. 100, cross the Joe Page Bridge in Hardin. There are great riverfront restaurants, perfect for viewing eagles while you dine.
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