Bald Eagle Watch Weekend

Illinois Audubon Society
in partnership with
The Illinois Raptor Center presents:

Bald Eagle Watch Weekend

January 26 & 27, 2019

Starved Rock Lodge

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

Sponsored in part by Ameren Illinois



Bald Eagle Watch Weekend celebrates the American bald eagle in Illinois.  The two-day event offers many programs, activities and exhibits occurring simultaneously at three locations, the Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitor and the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. They are all within a short driving distance or consider taking the trolley which conveniently connects all venues or you may drive.


Admission to all events is FREE. Tickets will be available on Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m. 

Will You see Bald Eagles?

Yes. Usually and the numbers vary year to year and even day to day. Cold weather tends to concentrate the birds by the open water at the dam. When the weather is warmer, birds will hunt up and down the river and there will be fewer to view.

Bald Eagle Watch Visitor Hints

  • If you drive from one side of the river to the other (and back) you can expect to find parking becomes more difficult by mid-day. This means you should budget your time carefully if you are planning to attend various programs.
  • The trolley is a good transportation option. It runs continuously. But you may have to wait for the trolley and therefore you should leave plenty of time before you have to make it across the river and back.
  • Live bird exhibitions do NOT permit entry after the program has begun to insure safety of birds and people. Programs begin on time.
  • Children are welcome and encouraged, of course. Children under two may find the 1 hour live bird presentations too confining. You know your child best. Please be considerate of other attendee