Visitors Guide to
Public Boat Launches
in the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
Alton Marina
Located in a protected cove just north of the Clark Bridge at 1 Henry Street, this modern marina that opened in 1996, contains 180 slips, a boat store, deli, public restrooms, showers, fueling facilities and full mechanical facilities.
For more information call 618-462-9860.
  Accessible Parking Accessible Food Service Facilities Accessible Restrooms
Located at Market Street and the Illinois River, Grafton boasts a large public boat launch with two ramps and plenty of parking for cars and trailers. This area includes two docks that are positioned low toward the river for kayaks and canoes.
Pere Marquette State Park
Located north of Grafton on the Great River Road (IL-100) the park has launching ramps with ample parking that provide access to the Illinois River.
  Accessible Parking Accessible Picnic Facilities Accessible Restrooms  
Located 1/2 mile south of the Joe Page Bridge, this public boat launch has two ramps and a dock.
  Parking  Picnic Facilities Restrooms  
Public boat launching area just south of the Kampsville Free Ferry.
Boat Launches Maintained by the IDNR
The IDNR maintains a number of wildlife management areas that include primitive boat ramps.
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