Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Area
Madison, Jersey & Calhoun Counties, Illinois
A leisurely sail on the Mississippi River
The Melvin Price Locks and
Dam near Alton, Illinois creates a 36-mile stretch of the Mississippi River up
to Lock and Dam #25 near Winfield, Missouri where the width of the river can
reach as wide as a mile. The Illinois River flows into this body of water that
can be alternately called Alton Lake or Alton Pool. With the Alton Lake Heritage
Parkway Corridor Law the Illinois General Assembly found that Mississippi River
from Alton to Grafton with its Alton Lake and the majestic limestone bluffs is
the most beautiful portion of the entire River.
Lake entices all types of boaters to ply the waters of the mighty Mississippi.
Many marinas and other businesses rent motorboats, personal watercraft, and
sailboats so that people can experience the river as it flows below 100-foot
limestone river bluffs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers an abundance of
recreational areas opportunities so that hunters, fishermen, boaters,
birdwatchers, and picnickers can enjoy the beauty of the area. No matter what
your favorite outdoor activity is, you'll find what you’re looking for on the
Mighty Mississippi River.
PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCHES
There is an abundance of public boat launches ranging from full service
facilities to more rustic launches where a dirt road meets the river.
THE ILLINOIS RIVER
MARINAS OF THE
MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY
TO RECREATIONAL SERVICES RELATED BUSINESSES
ON THE RIVER
MISSISSIPPI RIVER NAVIGATION CHARTS
- A lot of diverse information on the Alton Pool community