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Great Rivers Land Trust

PO Box 821 Alton, IL 62002


Great Rivers Land Trust (GRLT) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of natural resources in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region. Our organization protects over 3,000 acres of open space and wildlife habitat through ownership or conservation easements. GRLT is involved in a variety of community initiatives including wetland
enhancement, reforestation projects, riparian buffers, park design/development and historic site protection. One of the land trust's central goals is protecting the Mississippi River and the land of its watershed.

Our History

America's great rivers, the Mississippi, the Illinois and the Missouri, meet in a broad floodplain bordered by majestic 150 foot limestone bluffs - geology that dates back more than 250 million years. The Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, locally known as the Great River Road, traverses for 15 miles between the Mississippi River and the bluffs from Alton, Illinois to Grafton, Illinois. The route is lush with forest and prairie attracting rare species such as the Bald eagle, American white pelican and a variety of other migratory birds. This section of the river runs east to west with the tree lines of Missouri providing a magnificent landscape for sunrise and sunset. Residents and tourists revere the splendor by car, motorcycle, bicycle or boat. GRLT was formed in 1992 to protect the lands along this beautiful stretch of the Mississippi and is operated by a 13-member board of directors and numerous staff members.


Boat Slips: Piasa Harbor offers a state of the art marina with 118 boat slips on site. The slips range in size from 28 feet to 56 feet. Amenities include water services at each dock, each slip has its own electric meter, bathroom and shower facilities are available for slip holders. All docks are ADA accessible. Prices vary. Please call (618) 467-2265 for prices and information.

Pump Out: Piasa Harbor has a functional pump out facility for slip holders and transient boaters. Tokens to operate the pumpout are $5 each.

Transient Boaters: Piasa Harbor can accommodate transient boaters with overnight docking. The marina has electric, water and pumpout services available. Call for (618) 467-2265 for prices.

Boat Lift : Piasa Harbor has a commercial grade boat lift capable of launching or pulling boats up to 55 feet. Arrangement need to be made in advance. Please call (618) 467-2265 for more information.

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200 W. Third Street | Alton, IL 62002
Suite 200