Along the Mississippi River Through Illinois

Illinois’ western border is defined by 580 miles of Mississippi River shoreline, an area where the scenery changes from the wooded blufflands of the upper river to a highly cultivated floodplain. Along the way, you’ll find historic communities like the old mining town of Galena, the vibrant Quad Cities region, and small towns like Fulton where you can still find viable commercial fishing operations. The Illinois guide currently covers 42 communities from Jo Daviess County to Pike County with more profiles coming soon. Communities are listed from north to south.

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Northwest Region

Quad Cities Region

Southwest Illinois




Prairie du Rocher

Fort de Chartres


Ellis Grove




Grand Tower

Wolf Lake



East Cape Girardeau


Shawnee National Forest

Olive Branch

Miller City


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