eagles in alton
Just 25 miles north of St. Louis on the Mississippi River, Alton, Ill., has become a winter home to the eagles. Before dawn breaks on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, the eagles begin to soar over the Mississippi River. From late December through mid-February, all around Alton is all about eagles with guided eagle watching tours and events offered every weekend and during the week.
For more information on eagle watching, please call the Alton Visitor Center at (800) 258-6645. Download a FREE Eagle Watcher's Guide or click here to request a visitor guide.
In order to celebrate the return of the wintering American Bald Eagle, the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau will be kicking off the season with the Alton Audubon Eagle Ice Festival on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alton Visitor Center in Downtown Alton and at the Audubon Center at Riverlands. The festival will celebrate the start of the eagle watching season with eagle activities, an eagle meet and greet and more.
Find about the latest eagle counts here. You can also become an "Official Meeting of the Great Rivers Eagle Watcher" and earn a free T-shirt.
Don't forget to download our Eagle Watcher's App to have the latest eagle information all on your smartphone or tablet!