Find Eagle Watching Hotspots With Guided Tours

They sit in the trees. Or float on an ice floe or log in the rivers. They can even be seen gliding through the winter skies. The great American Bald Eagles have returned to southwest Illinois.

All you have to do is find them! We can help with that.

Eagle Watching Guided Shuttle Tours

Eagles are returning to their winter homes in southwest Illinois and now is the ideal time to see them in their natural habitats along the rivers and bluffs.

But where are the best places to see them? And how do you find them?

The Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau is making eagle watching easier with a series of guided eagle watching shuttle tours available in Alton and Grafton every Saturday in January beginning Jan. 8.

Alton Eagle Watching Tours

Get the skinny on eagle watching hot spots in the Alton region! Two guided eagle watching shuttle tours will be offered each Saturday starting Jan. 8. Tours will last 45 minutes and provide visitors with a birds-eye view of some of the best spots to view eagles. Tours will be run at 10 a.m. and Noon. Tickets are $10 per person and are available here. Advance purchase is required.

Please note: on Jan. 8, all tours begin and end at the Audubon Center at Riverlands as part of the annual Alton Eagle Ice Festival. The following Saturdays, all tours begin and end at the Alton Visitor Center.

These tours are a great way to scope out the eagle watching hot spots before starting out on your own eagle watching adventure.

Grafton Eagle Watching Tours

Eagles love hanging around open water. And Grafton, located at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, is a great spot to view eagles in the winter.

Two guided eagle watching shuttle tours are available every Saturday in January starting Jan. 8 in Grafton. These two and a half hour tours showcase the best places to view eagles in Grafton and nearby Calhoun County. Tickets are $23 per person and tours will run at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is required. Shuttle space is limited. Purchase your tickets here.

Grafton tours begin and end at the Grafton Visitor Center.

And There's More!

Follow up your eagle watching adventure with lunch or dinner at great locally owned and operated restaurants. Or make it an eagle watching overnight adventure and book a stay at local guest houses, bed and breakfast inns or hotels. Check out our Eagle Watchers overnight specials here!

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