Things to Do: Spot the Eagles

Where to See Eagles in Illinois


The Beall Mansion bed-and-breakfast inn offers eagle getaway packages.


Along the Mississippi River, the sky is full of eagles at Lock and Dam 18. In 2018, the largest numbers of adults were recorded on January 3 (491) and 10 (453).


Both Starved Rock and Matthiessen state parks attract large eagle populations in winter, thanks to the nearby Plum Island Eagle Sanctuary on the Illinois River. Watch eagles from the top of Starved Rock or catch an eagle trolley tour from the park lodge.


Weekend guided tours lead groups to the top of the historic clock tower on Arsenal Island in Rock Island for prime views of eagles. You also can schedule a bald eagle safari in the area, led by retired biology teacher Bob Motz.

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