Each year during the winter months, visitors to the Mississippi River are treated to a special site...hundreds of American Bald Eagles. These bald eagles flock to the Rivers Project Area and can be seen flying over the bluffs that surround the river, sitting in trees along the shoreline, or swooping down to catch a fish below the massive locks and dams. Those areas consist of 110,000 acres of public land and water in and around Mississippi River pools 24, 25, 26, and 27.
Eagles migrate down the Mississippi Watershed from Canada and the Great Lakes during the winter months looking for open water areas to feed. Eagles usually stay in the Rivers Project Area until mid-March when spring warm weather begins moving in. The eagles once again begin their migration back north until next year.