Eagle Watchers Passport

Expiration: Mar 1st 2022

Become an official eagle-eyed eagle watcher in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois! Create your own winter adventure in the great outdoors searching for American Bald Eagles from early January to late February along the Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri rivers. Journey to five of the 10 Eagle Watching Passport stops and get entered to win a free three-day, two night stay this summer in the Great Rivers & Routes region.

Please be advised that some locations may be closed to the public. Each stop has a Pin Code posted outside each location. Please check in to each location and enter the required code in your passport to ensure your visit is properly noted.

Included Venues

See locations on an interactive map.

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Additional Eagle Watching Locations
Be sure to check out American Bald Eagles at these locations in the Great Rivers & Routes Region! (Please note: these locations are not official passport stops.)

What's Included

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Alton Visitor Center
While at the Visitor Center, discover more things to do in the region and pick up maps, brochures or a souvenir gift.
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Audubon Center At Riverlands
Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Audubon Center is a premier birding destination in the region. Home to hundreds of migrating birds in the spring and fall, it is also home to wintering American Bald Eagles and Trumpeter Swans each winter.
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Elsah General Store
Step back in time with a visit to this old-fashioned general store located in the heart of the historic Village of Elsah. Pick up eagle watching supplies including groceries, vintage bottled sodas and old-time candy.
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Grafton Visitor Center
Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, Grafton is a quaint river community. While searching for eagles perched in trees along the riverbank, enjoy a ride to the top of the river bluffs on the Grafton Sky Tour. Or sip a glass of wine and enjoy an leisurely eagle watching experience at local wineries.
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Lewis And Clark State Historic Site
Journey to the place Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set up camp in 1803-04 as they prepared for their great exploration of the western United States. The Lewis & Clark State Historic Site is Trail Site #1 on the Lewis & Clark journey and is also a great place to look for eagles with its...
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National Great Rivers Museum/Melvin Price Locks & Dam
Experience the impact of rivers on a region’s economy and ecology at the National Great Rivers Museum. The museum sits next to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, the largest and most technologically advanced lock system on the Mississippi River. Museum rangers will help visitors spot eagles and even...
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Pere Marquette State Park
Illinois’ largest state park is also a favorite location for wintering bald eagles. Eagles enjoy perching in trees along the Illinois River banks and can be spotted from scenic overlooks at the park. The park Visitor Center is home to a life-sized eagle nest and other information available on...
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Treehouse Wildlife Center
A wildlife rehab center, TreeHouse Wildlife Center is located outside the Village of Elsah. Injured and rehabbing American Bald Eagles can be seen in close-up settings along with other animals native to the region. The center also offers educational tours for families and groups with advance reservations.
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Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge
Enjoy a ferry ride across the Illinois River to Calhoun County and the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. American Bald Eagles call the river and wetlands area home during the winter. Spotting scopes are available at the Visitor Center for eagle viewing. In addition to eagles, ducks, geese and...
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Willoughby Heritage Farm
Nestled in the heart of Collinsville and just minutes from downtown St. Louis is Willoughby Heritage Farm. With miles of scenic trails through woods and valleys, Willoughby is a great place to experience life in 1940’s America. The public park and farm even has farm animals on site for the kids to enjoy.