Once the location of a thriving marina with a popular restaurant on the property, the 48-acre riverside park was part of a flood buy-out by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and opened to the public in May 2002.
With two free public boat ramps to access the river, it's become a very popular site for many fishermen and recreational boaters to use year-round. The park contains a variety of historic and natural features. Its natural wetlands and forested areas are also visually inspiring. In addition to the Mississippi River, the park also features Weber Lake, a 12-acre lake with a spacious fishing dock that is wheelchair accessible for easy access.
Birders also delight in the close-up views of the wildlife, including the American Bald Eagles that roost in and around the park each winter. The Parks Department hosts an annual Bald Eagle Winter Watch program in February to celebrate the arrival of our national icon to the area. This popular eagle program allows park guests the opportunity to learn why these magnificent birds continue to return every winter. It also features several educational hands-on birding activities for the public to participate in.
Through spotting scopes and binoculars, spectators have a chance to see Bald Eagles nesting along the mighty Mississippi River or possibly witness spectacular views of these majestic birds in flight as they feed off the open river waters.
The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department offers unique parks, diverse facilities and a broad range of programs and special events for all ages to enjoy. In addition to features that enhance the region's historical and natural environmental heritage.
Directions to Hideaway Harbor Park
From St. Charles take Highway 94 north to Grafton Ferry Road.
Turn left on Grafton Ferry Road.
Continue on Grafton Ferry Road to Portage Road.
Turn right on Portage Road.
Follow Portage Road to Sioux Drive.
Turn left on to Sioux Drive.
Follow Sioux Drive to the entrance of the park.