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Rivers Project Office
301 Riverlands Way
West Alton, MO 63386
636.899.2600

Melvin Price Locks & Dam
#1 Locks & Dam Way
Alton, IL 62002
618.462.1713

National Great Rivers Museum
P.O. Box 337
Alton, IL 62002
618.462.6979

Email: riversproject@usace.army.mil

Recreation

Recreational opportunities overwhelm the Mississippi River Navigation Pools. Hunters, fishermen, boaters, birdwatchers, and picnickers can enjoy the beauty of the area, yet there are ample opportunities for avid adventurists like bikers, hikers, canoeists, skiers, rollerbladers, and joggers. No matter what your favorite outdoor activity is, you'll find what your looking for at the various recreation areas surrounding the Mississippi River.

Hiking/Biking - Opportunities at the Rivers Project 
Kayaking - Great River Water Trail Association
Hunting - Riverlands Hunting & Fishing Regulations
Bird Watching - Bird Watching/Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects are complimented by various other Federal and State Agencies are provided for public use and entertainment to our visitors. To ensure your enjoyment, please observe all safety precautions while recreating at our facilities. Your safety is our concern. Rules and regulations are posted on bulletin boards and available at all project offices and visitor centers.

Remember: Lifejackets float, you don't!

Rivers Project Facilities by Navigation Pool

Cincinnati Landing Access: This area is open to the public and is popular for fishing, boating, sightseeing, and bank fishing. The boat ramp is open to the public and maintained as site 24-2 along the Mississippi River Water Trail.

Gosline Access: This area is managed for public access and provides recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, camping and sightseeing. This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-12.

Silo Access: This area is managed for fishing, hunting, sightseeing and primitive camping. This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-17.

Two Rivers North Area: This area is used for sightseeing, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting and primitive camping. Has a concrete boat ramp. This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-9.

Two Rivers Recreation Area: This area is used for sightseeing, fishing, boating, bird watching, swimming and general day use activities. This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-10.

Willow North: Fishing, boating, sightseeing. Has a crushed stone boat ramp. This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-5

Willow South: Fishing, boating, sightseeing. Has a concrete boat ramp. This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-6.

Pleasant Hill Access: Opportunities for fishing, boating, sightseeing, hunting, primitive camping and bank fishing. It has a single lane boat ramp accessible for boats 16 foot or less.This is Mississippi River Trail site 24-20.
Clarksville Riverfront Area: This area is managed for public access purposed. Popular for fishing, sightseeing, walking, eagle viewing and picnicking. Connect to the Clarksville Riverfront Park and is maintained as Mississippi River Trail site 25-1.

Clarksville Visitor Center: This visitor center is located on the North edge of town off of highway 79. Phone: (573)242-3336.

Foley Access Area: Opportunities in fishing, hunting, sightseeing, boating, bird watching and bank fishing. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-18

Gilead Access: Managed for fishing, hunting and wildlife observation. (closed from October 15 - December 15 for wildlife sanctuary). Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-13

Hurricane Access: Has a single lane concrete boat ramp. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-12

Winfield Access: Opportunities for picnicking, bank fishing, walking, sightseeing, and bird watching. This area has a eagle viewing tower, pedestrian walkway, and water borne comfort station. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-20
Alta Villa Access: The Alta Villa has a boat ramp and bank fishing. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-19

Alton Lake Access: The Alton Lake access has a crushed stone boat ramp. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-20

Ellis Island Recreation Area: Provides bank fishing, bird watching, and hiking. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-25

Lincoln Shields Recreation Area: Provides picnicking, fishing, sightseeing, boating, and hunting access. Two concrete boat ramps. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-21

Piasa Creek Recreation Area: Concrete boat ramp and River access.

Piasa Harbor Area: Popular for boating, fishing, sightseeing, and access to waterfowl hunting. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-15

Spatterdock Access: Popular for bank fishing and bird watching. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-18

Teal Pond Aquatic Area: Offers educational and research opportunities for deep water lake habitat studies, bank fishing, walking path, and bird viewing. This is Mississippi River Trail site 25-23
Maple Island Ecological Area: Bank fishing, bird watching, and boat launch ramp. This is Mississippi River Trail site 27-1

Visitor Center and Illinois Esplanade Recreation Area: Sightseeing, picnicking, and bird watching including migrating bald eagles. Pavilion with 4 picnic tables and water borne comfort station. This is Mississippi River Trail site 27-2

Canal Access Area: Bank fishing and bird watching. This is Mississippi River Trail site 27-5

Chouteau Island: Hunting, fishing, bicycling, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

East Levee: Bike Trail.

Low water dam access: Bank fishing and bird watching