SPECIAL EVENTS

National Public Lands Day

September 24, 2022
Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Each September, we celebrate National Public Lands Day. A day dedicated to giving back and caring for all the parks and recreation areas that give so much to us. Join the Greenway Network, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Big Muddy Refuge, Missouri Department of Natural Resources Jones Confluence State Park, and our Rivers Project Park Rangers as we work to maintain and beatify locations all throughout the confluence region!

Several small groups of volunteers will be picking up trash, planting, removing invasive plants and more to preserve these public recreation areas.

Areas included: Cora Island, Jones Confluence Park, Audubon Center at Riverlands, Ellis Island, Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and National Great Rivers Museum.

Register to help improve our public lands today!

Lock and Dam 24
Clarksville Applefest

October 8 & 9, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Clarksville, Missouri

For this special event, Park Rangers and USACE volunteers will be leading free, public tours of Lock and Dam 24, a truly unique experience as this engineering feat is rarely open to the public! Visitors will be able to tour the historic structure, walk across the lock to the top of the tainter gates, and get a stunning view of the Mississippi River as the autumn leaves begin to change!

Tour times will vary daily and require sign-up at the lock and dam. We apologize but there are no advance reservations, so sign-up early at the event as space is limited. Visit our Facebook event for all the exciting details!

Winter on the River
Photography Contest

January 7 – March 10, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

Share your creativity and ‘winter on the river’ moments for a chance to win a cash prize!

Meeting of the Rivers Foundation is set to host their 2nd annual Winter on the River Photography Contest at the National Great Rivers Museum in 2023.

All entrants will have their work displayed in the gallery room of the NGRM for the public to enjoy throughout the season! Be a part of our community along the Mississippi River and learn more today!

Alton Eagle Ice Festival

Saturday, January 7, 2023
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Alton, Illinois

Enjoy a variety of activities in celebration of wintering American Bald Eagles returning to southwest Illinois during Eagle Fest! The celebration will take place at FLOCK Food Truck Park and the National Great Rivers Museum. Get a bite to eat, see a live eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary, take an eagle-watching tour, and enjoy fun winter activities for all ages!

The Eagle Ice Festival is a free-to-attend public event held annually in the City of Alton and is presented by Phillips 66 Wood River.

* Eagle-watching tours are by shuttle and limited to 20 occupants per tour. Tickets are $15 per person. Guided tours will be held at 11 AM and 1 PM showcasing the best places to view wintering American Bald Eagles along the great rivers.

Learn more by contacting Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau.

January 28 & 29, 2023
Clarksville, Missouri

Lock and Dam 24
Eagle Day Tours

Saturday, January 28, 2023
Saturday, January 29, 2023
Clarksville, Missouri

MDC Eagle Days

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Ice Jam at the Dam

Saturday, February 18, 2023
National Great Rivers Museum

Past Special Events

MV Mississippi Open House

Saturday, August 7, 2021
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Melvin Price Locks and Dam

Bring family and friends to Melvin Price Locks and Dam to view and board the largest towboat in the region. Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the MV Mississippi mainly serves the bank stabilization efforts on the lower Mississippi River. On Saturday, August 7, it will serve you! Learn about the vessel itself, its crew members, and the importance of the work it is currently doing for the Mississippi River.

All members of the public will be required to wear facial masks. Fully vaccinated or not. This is for the safety of the vessel staff, volunteers, and you.

Mississippi Monsters

Saturday, August 14, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Musuem

We invite you to join us at the National Great Rivers Museum and learn about lake sturgeon research while enjoying a variety of fishy festivities! The Illinois Natural History Survey will be onsite with their portable tank, giving you an up close and personal look at some of the fish that call the Mississippi home.

Kids can make Lake Sturgeon buttons to wear for the event, and they can also make a stop at our pledge wall, where their pledges to help endangered species will fill our new exhibit wall!

Mississippi Earthtones Festival

Saturday, September 18, 2021
12:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Downtown Alton, Illinois

Co-organized by Alton Main Street and the Sierra Club, the Mississippi Earthtones Festival is an annual celebration of our river through art, music, and conservation. Enjoy live music, earth-friendly products, educational activities, and art and food vendors all located at the heart of historic downtown Alton, Illinois.

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair

Saturday, October 2, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Pere Marquette State Park

Hosted by Pere Marquette State Park, National Great Rivers Museum, and several other local community partners, this annual event introduces the entire family to fishing. From catching live trout to enjoying a fried fish meal, kids and families learn the entire process and valuable experiences that come from learning to fish.

Alton Audubon Eagle Ice Festival

Saturday, January 8, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Audubon Center at Riverlands

This annual event is a wonderful introduction to the return of the American bald eagle to the region.

Free to the public, the family-friendly event provides fun activities and experiences for all ages. Take a shuttle tour to popular bald eagle areas, view eagles and swans in their natural habitat, and see an American bald eagle up close!

Winter on the River Photography Contest

Saturday, January 22, 2022
9:00 a.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

Share your creativity and ‘winter on the river’ moments for a chance to win a cash prize!

Meeting of the Rivers Foundation is set to host their inaugural Winter on the River Photography Contest at the National Great Rivers Museum in 2022.

For an entry fee of just $10.00, all participants will have their work displayed from January 22 – March 20, 2022 in the gallery room of the NGRM.

Register Your Photo Now

Lock and Dam 24
Eagle Day Tours

Saturday, January 29 and
Sunday, January 30, 2022
Lock and Dam 24

Join the Rivers Project at Lock and Dam 24 in Clarksville Missouri on January 29th and 30th to celebrate the return of the beloved annual event, Clarksville Eagle Days!

For this special event, Park Rangers and USACE volunteers will be leading free, public tours of Lock and Dam 24, a truly unique experience as this engineering feat is rarely open to the public! Visitors will be able to tour the historic structure, walk across the lock to the top of the tainter gates, and get a stunning view of the Mississippi River at the height of eagle season!

Ice Jam at the Dam

Saturday, February 19, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

A new, winter event set along the Mississippi River. Enjoy a variety of winter-themed activities – from wildlife presentations to live music and open tours of Melvin Price Locks and Dam.

This free, event is sure to be a unique, enjoyable experience for the entire family.

REC Fest: Recreation, Exploration, Conservation

Saturday, May 21, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
National Great Rivers Museum

Enjoy an introduction to the many ways you can explore the outdoors! While you are at it become acquainted with the many occupations that work hard to make sure outdoor recreators stay safe.

This free, event is a wonderful way to get the family out and get exposed to outdoor activities and the people who assist in making recreation possible.