Bus Tour: Pere Marquette and Eagles
Start Time:9:00 AM
End Time:4:00 PM
Phone:636-939-2386, ext. 1400
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.