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Bus Tour: Pere Marquette and Eagles

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Start Time:9:00 AM
End Time:4:00 PM
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Phone:636-939-2386, ext. 1400
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Spend the day exploring the Great River Road, a popular United States scenic byway. We’ll first stop to admire and discuss the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, a gigantic structure critical for navigation. Eagles, white pelicans and trumpeter swans wintering near the dam find fishing to be easy here. Next, we will step inside the Audubon Visitors Center to enjoy a brief film and use telescopes to watch eagles and other waterfowl. Then we will cross the 4,600-foot Clark Bridge that spans the river between Illinois and Missouri. We will pass through the charming Illinois towns of Elsah and Grafton, stopping to view eagles when we spot them. Our destination will be Pere Marquette State Park, where we will warm up at 12:15 p.m. with an all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinner at the beautiful lodge overlooking the Illinois River.


Take the lovely ride back down the Great River Road, stopping wherever eagles or other wildlife beckon. Visit the Great Rivers Center, inside the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. There is a wonderful film for tourists and interactive exhibits on rivers, wildlife and geography.


Be sure to bring your binoculars. We will be viewing the eagles and other waterfowl from INSIDE the bus and buildings, not outside.