Visitors Guide to the
Annual Eagle Trek
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Kaskaskia River Recreation Area
4800 Lock and Dam Road
If you thought
that bald eagles don’t go south of the St. Louis/Alton area during the
winter you would be wrong. A good spot to see bald eagles is the
Kaskaskia River Recreation Area near Modoc in Randolph County, Illinois
which is about 60 miles south of St. Louis. Eagles are attracted to the
area because of the lock and dam that is located at the confluence of
the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers. The location has become the site
of an annual Eagle Trek event that is primarily sponsored by the
HeartLands Conservancy and hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Activities at the event are highlighted by programs by the World Bird
Sanctuary. These informative presentations feature a rehabilitated live
bald eagle allowing attendees the chance to get up close and personal
with America’s national symbol.
activities include a tent where kids can make eagle crafts and go
home with an eagle souvenir, short interpreted walks both upstream
and downstream from the dam, and eagle-watching with spotting
scopes. Experts will be on hand to tell you about the eagle-nesting
sites located nearby. A warming tent features hot sandwiches and
warm beverages, too! A suggested donation of $5/person is asked to
cover lunch expenses. Leash-trained dogs are welcome for at the
This event is made possible thanks to our partners: Lower Kaskaskia
Stakeholders, Inc, U.S. Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, HeartLands
Illinois College, Kaskaskia Regional Port District, Chester Tourism Committee, and CLIFFTOP.
Kaskaskia River Recreation
Area is located on Lock and Dam Road. From Modoc Lock and Dam Road is
approximately 4 miles south on County Road 7. From Ellis Grove take
Roots Road of IL-3 (the Great River Road) approximately 3 miles to Lock
and Dam Road. From either direction take Lock and Dam Road 2.4 miles to the entrance to
Kaskaskia River Recreation Area.
N 37° 59.011'
W 89° 56.817'
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