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  • Kaskaskia Solar Eclipse

    Please join us at the Kaskaskia River Project on Monday, April 8, 2024, for the solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses, one per person, will be available for those joining us while supplies last. The Project, campground, and picnic sites will be open on a first come, first serve basis. Parking will be limited to concrete and paved areas only. Lock tours will also be available at the Visitor Center from staff as they are available.
  • Recreational Vessel Lockages Are Being Postponed at the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam Until Drought Conditions

    Beginning Monday, October 16, recreational vessel lockages will not be permitted at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, IL (4800 Lock and Dam Road) until the Kaskaskia River returns to a sustainable level. This action is necessary to manage upstream pool levels for commercial navigation and prevent any unnecessary water loss during historically low water conditions. Anyone needing to use the Lock to gather personal property such as hunting or fishing equipment or for any other personal purposes is urged to do so before Monday. At that time, the Mississippi River will only be accessible from the available boat ramps located directly on the main river channel.
  • Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors to practice water safety

    As millions of Americans plan visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in, on, and around open water. Tragically, people lose their lives while visiting USACE-managed lands and waters every year. Most of the tragedies are water related. The public’s help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the more than 2,800 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. USACE personnel stress the importance of water safety year-round when talking with visitors, but especially during the summer season because that is when most public recreation fatalities occur.
  • 2023 Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    The 2023 Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, March 4th from 9am – 3pm at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, IL (4800 Lock and Dam Road).  Join us for eagle-watching with spotting scopes and meet some of our feathered friends from the World Bird Sanctuary at 10 and 1.  Also be sure to catch the Wildlife presentation given by the Animology at 11 and 2. Tours of Lock and Dam will be available and short interpretive walks will be given downstream from the Lock and Dam. Viewing of an eagle-nest will be available throughout the day from 9 am - 3pm.
  • Silt build up closes Costello Lock

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Jerry F. Costello Lock closed to traffic on August 19 when it could no longer close its downstream miter gates due to silt and debris build up on the lock sill and chamber.
  • Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup Bowfishing tournament

    The annual Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Round Up is returning to Randolph County for 2022! The annual Bowfishing tournament will be held on Saturday July 16, at the Jerry F. Costello (Kaskaskia) Lock and Dam in Modoc, Ill.
  • Dredging on the Kaskaskia River

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing that dredging has once again began on the Kaskaskia River from the New Athens, Ill. boat ramp south to the confluence of the Mississippi River. This dredging is intended to remove sediment from boat ramps and the mouths of oxbows on the Kaskaskia River improving access for navigation capabilities, recreation, and promoting economic growth.
  • Rescheduled Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    The rescheduled 2022 Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, March 12th from 9am – 3pm at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, Ill. (4800 Lock and Dam Road).  All vendors were able to join us for the new date, so it is sure to be a great day to get out and enjoy!
  • Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    The 2022 Kaskaskia Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, February 5 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, Ill.
  • Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    Kaskaskia River Project — The annual 2020 Eagle Fest event will be held Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, IL (4800 Lock and Dam Road).