Bald Eagle & Pelican Watching

Bald Eagles & Pelicans of LeClaire

Bald Eagle & Pelican Viewing and Photography in LeClaire

Look to the skies in LeClaire, Iowa! Nature photographers and bird watchers alike will be delighted with the incredible opportunities at Lock and Dam Number 14 on the mighty Mississippi River. Capture amazing photos and witness the majestic sightings of Bald Eagles in the winter months and high-flying Pelicans that call LeClaire home during the spring and summer months. This is a can’t miss opportunity to see these incredible birds up close and in person.

Best Time to Visit

Eagles start to gather around the south side of Lock and Dam 14 in LeClaire as the ice begins to form in December and linger around late February to early March. In the springtime, Pelicans start to gather on the south side of the channel in the late spring and early summer months and can be seen soaring in the skies above LeClaire through August and September!

Lock and Dam Number 14 is located on the Mississippi River, just off Highway 67 and just South of Interstate 80.

Lodging and More

Stay close to the action too! LeClaire has many great lodging options right on the banks of the Mississippi River and wonderful restaurants, shops, and even Libations Lane to enjoy while you’re here.

Photo Credit: Burt Gearhart, LeClaire, Iowa

LeClaire Eagle Festival

Enjoy an entire weekend of eagles and ice January 18 and 19, 2025.

Every winter, majestic bald eagles make LeClaire their winter home, soaring through the skies high above the Mississippi River. Catch a glimpse of these magnificent birds of prey during the 3rd Annual LeClaire Eagle Fest.

This free, educational event offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see our incredible national symbol in its natural habitat. Spotting scopes on the Celebration Center rooftop patio allow an up-close look without disturbing the eagles as they hunt for food. Indoors you will see live birds up close, enjoy interesting presentations, and more.

Check back for updates as we look forward to Eagles & Ice 2025! Information and the schedule from the 2024 event can be viewed here.

Eagle Festival 2024 was brought to you by the Riverboat Twilight!