• Grafton Winery Blues Festival

    Grafton Winery Blues Festival

    Kick back for a weekend of blues during the 5th Annual Grafton Winery Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 - 18, 2014. Four top-notch blues bands from throughout the St. Louis area will complete the lineup for the festival taking place at the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus, located at 300 ...

  • Calhoun County Barn & Quilt Tour

    Calhoun County Barn Quilts

    The Calhoun County Barn Quilt Project began in 2008 as a community based effort to promote and preserve the agricultural and rural heritage of Calhoun County. The county’s unique geography lends itself to agritourism, and the project is geared to stimulate the economy without sacrificing the ...

  • Calhoun Ferry

    Calhoun Ferry

    Nestled between the mighty Mississippi and Illinois rivers, Calhoun County can be accessed by crossing the Mississippi River by the Golden Eagle Ferry for a small fee.Known for peaches in the summer and apples in the fall, the county offers miles of prosperous farms and orchards. It is ...

  • Yellow Rumped Warbler (Photo courtesy of USFWS)

    Bird Watching Along the Rivers

    The confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers creates a great bird watching spot. When migrating through this area birds follow the rivers like we follow a map on a long trip, finding their way to the many conservation areas in the confluence region. The habitat that has been set aside for ...

  • Eagle Watching in Alton and Grafton, Illinois

    Backyard Tourist: Eagles in Your Backyard

    You don’t have to go far to find American Bald Eagles these days. They are right in your backyard. Look out over the rivers, up in the bluffs or simply overhead and an eagle may be within sight.The first time I saw an eagle this year, it was flying over College Avenue by Rock Springs ...

  • American Kestrel

    Birds of Prey at Two Rivers NWR

    A variety of birds of prey can be found at the refuge throughout the year, especially in fall and winter. In fall when winds cool in the north, eagles and hawks begin riding thermals south to their wintering grounds. Some of these birds will pass through the Refuge; others will stay for the winter ...


  • Calhoun County

    Sunset in Calhoun County

  • Calhoun County

    Calhoun County is a great place to see the scenic views of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

  • Calhoun County

    Bluff line in Calhoun County

  • Calhoun County

    Scenic view of Illinois River

  • Calhoun County

    Beautiful fall foliage in Calhoun County