Confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers

Enjoy the mighty Mississippi as you visit the Great Rivers Region and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. You will not only be immersed in the beauty of the river but will also learn about history, flora and fauna, navigation and much more as you explore this region that is sure to delight you with all it has to offer.

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Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
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Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
View the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and the surrounding landscape from 3 different vantage points as you stop at the different overlook heights on the tower. Experience the confluence and learn about all of the great things to do in our region at this "gateway" to the Great Rivers region!

The Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is a 180-foot-tall tower on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River at the confluence of it and the Missouri River. What began as a grassroots citizens group looking to commemorate the bicentennial…

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Melvin Price Locks and Dam
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Melvin Price Locks and Dam
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
Take a tour of the Mississippi River's largest, most technologically advanced lock and dam on the Upper River system. Enjoy beautiful views of the river and downtown Alton, Illinois and if you are lucky you might get to see a barge locking through this massive structure.

The Melvin Price Locks and Dam is the newest lock on the Mighty Mississippi River and was built as a replacement for the old Locks and Dam 26 in Alton, IL. Located below the confluence of the Illinois River and above the Missouri River, the…

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National Great Rivers Museum
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National Great Rivers Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Visitor or Interpretive Center
Enjoy the story of the mighty Mississippi from the geology of the river to the history, environment and navigation and commerce; there is truly something for everyone here! Watch a movie in the Confluence theater and shop in the bookstore for a Mississippi River souvenir.

The flagship of  the Riverlands  interpretive,  outreach,  and education  efforts  is  the  National  Great  Rivers  Museum. Here  you  can  connect  with  the  Mississippi  River  and  better  understand  how  it  affects  your  daily life.…

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The Audubon Center at Riverlands
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The Audubon Center at Riverlands
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Nature and Wildlife Center
Enjoy the only National Audubon Center on the Mississippi River and learn about the importance of the Mississippi Flyway. The Audubon Center at Riverlands has wonderful exhibits telling the story of the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary an important layover for migrating birds.

The mission of The Audubon Center at Riverlands is to connect people to the beauty and significance of the Mississippi River and the Great Rivers confluence, to inspire conservation of the river's rich diversity in birds, wildlife and other…

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Riverlands  Migratory  Bird  Sanctuary
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Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
The Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary provides opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching, photography and much more! Ellis Bay also provides a scenic and safe backwater experience for paddlers who want to get on the Mississippi River Water Trail. Great for the novice and advanced paddlers alike experience nature and get in touch with your wild side!

Located at the confluence of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers, the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary is at the center of one of the greatest flyways on earth. Millions of birds - more than half of all bird species in North America -…

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1 Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
2 Melvin Price Locks and Dam
3 National Great Rivers Museum
4 The Audubon Center at Riverlands
5 Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary