Bring your binoculars

By the river, there are great eagle spotting places where you can see up to 10 eagles in a tree! The waters of the river remain unfrozen near the locks & dams, fish is plentiful, and trees on the riverbanks provide prime sites for perching and roosting. You don't need a reservation. Just be sure to not disturb the eagles by getting too close. They need to conserve their energy in the cold weather.
  • Lock & Dam 15, Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 17th St. & 1st Ave., Rock Island, Illinois
  • Sunset Marina, 10 31st Ave., Rock Island, Illinois
  • Lock & Dam 15, 101 W. 2nd St., Davenport, Iowa
  • Lock & Dam 14, 25549 182nd St., Pleasant Valley, Iowa
  • Illiniwek Forest Preserve, 836 State Ave., Hampton, Illinois
  • Hampton Heritage Center, 251 S. State Ave., Hampton, Illinois
Eagle Location Map

Eagle safaris

Get a guaranteed view with a bald eagle safari with local guide Bob Motz. He provides spotting scopes that magnify the eagles 15 to 45 times their size. Cost is $20 per hour for one to four people. Two or three-hour safaris are recommended. Call Bob at 309-269-3922 or email him at to arrange a safari.

Eagle spotting

The Mississippi River Visitor Center on Arsenal Island offers four eagle watch tours in January and February. From the top of the historic clock tower, you will have a great vantage point to view eagles near Lock & Dam 15. The visitor center is also a great place to stop anytime to see the exhibits, and they have spotting scopes set up.

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