About Great Rivers Land Trust

Great Rivers Land Trust’s (GRLT) primary objective is the preservation of scenic and ecologically valuable land along the Great River Road between Alton, Illinois, and Pere Marquette State Park. GRLT has been successful in land conservation efforts in Illinois and has expanded into Missouri.

GRLT’s land preservation efforts are accomplished through easements and/or land acquisitions. GRLT protects forests, bluffs, parks, prairies, farmland, and wetlands in perpetuity for the benefit of current and future generations.

For more than twenty years GRLT has become a leader in land protection and has been active in improving communities through a variety of open space protection and enhancement projects.

About the Meeting of the Rivers

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 line of Missouri providing a magnificent landscape for sunrise and sunset.

Residents and tourists revere the splendor by car, bicycle, or boat. GRLT protects the lands along this beautiful stretch of the Mississippi.