Eagle lovers of all ages are invited to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on January 18 and 19, 2020 to watch eagles fishing, riding the ice floes, soaring overhead or roosting in nearby trees. Visitors are welcome to view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers.
Eagle Days has Something for the Whole Family!
Visitors can view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers at any time from the vantage point of the historic Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, part of the Mississippi Greenway. On both days, the World Bird Sanctuary will present an educational program featuring a live bald eagle. Other activities include a hands-on exhibit of local birds presented by St. Louis Audubon, a full-size replica of an eagle’s nest, and warming tent activities, including children’s crafts.
Live Eagle Educational Program
Repeated every 20 minutes from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Eagle Nest Replica
The full-size eagle’s nest is a great photo opportunity!
Warming Tent Activities
Including children’s art and St. Louis Audubon display
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
Eagle viewing occurs at the center of the Bridge, a half-mile walk from each entrance so visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.
Hot food and drink will be available onsite for purchase.
The Mississippi River hosts one of the largest concentrations of bald eagles!
Did you know the Mississippi River hosts one of North America’s largest concentrations of bald eagles? They are drawn to areas of open water in search of fish, their preferred food. The Chain of Rocks rapids to the south of the Bridge create open waters which are ideal fishing waters for eagles. This event provides a unique opportunity to watch them fish, ride ice floes, soar overhead and roost in nearby trees while learning more about eagles and local wildlife in the comfort of a warming tent!
To learn more about other bald eagle viewing opportunities throughout Missouri, click here.
Directions to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge from St. Louis: Take I-270 east toward Illinois. Exit at Riverview Drive exit and turn right. Turn left into the entrance of the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Park/Missouri Bridge. Parking at the Missouri Bridge entrance costs $5. (See below for free parking information.)
From Illinois: Take I-270 west towards Missouri. Exit at IL Route 3, go south to Chain of Rocks Road and follow west to the bridge entrance parking area (free). OR to park on the Missouri side, continue on I-270 west, over the Mississippi River; exit at Riverview Drive and turn left. Turn left into the entrance of the Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Park/Missouri Bridge. Parking at the Missouri Bridge entrance costs $5.
Free parking is available at two satellite lots in Missouri: The St. Louis Welcome Center at Riverview and I-270 and North Riverfront Park, off Riverview south of the waterworks. A free shuttle will be available from both locations. Free parking is also available at the Illinois Bridge entrance.
Eagle Days Event Map
|1)||Missouri Welcome Tent|
|2)||Illinois Welcome Tent|
|3)||Eagle Viewing: Scopes at the center of the bridge are staffed by trained volunteers to help you view eagles diving for fish, roosting in the trees along the banks of the Mississippi, and soaring over the bridge.|
|4)||Live Eagle Program: Get a close-up view of a majestic bald eagle. The World Bird Sanctuary will present a live eagle program every 20 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.|
|5)||St. Louis Audubon Display: Featuring hands-on exhibits of local birds courtesy of the St. Louis Audubon Society.|
|6)||Great Rivers Greenway Display: Learn about the current and upcoming projects of the St. Louis region’s parks and trails district.|
|7)||Hands-on Art Activities for Children: Facilitated by the Green Center (Saturday) and Great Rivers Greenway (Sunday).|
|8)||Eagle Nest Replica: This full-size replica of a eagles’ nest is a great photo opportunity!|
|9)||Lewis & Clark State Historic Site Re-enactors: Visit the Illinois bridge entrance to see a living history demonstration of Lewis and Clark’s famous expedition, complete with a model of Lewis and Clark’s boat, the White Pirogue (Saturday only).|
|10)||Ed’s Food: Serving hot dogs, chicken strips, shish kabobs, egg rolls, crab rangoon, hot cocoa, lemonade, soda, and water.|
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