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Getting to Confluence Point

Edward “Ted” and Pat Jones-Confluence Point State Park is located at 1000 Riverlands Way in West Alton, St.  Charles County. Take Interstate 270 to Route 367 and head north, toward Alton, Ill. Route 367 becomes U.S. 67 and crosses the Missouri River. Just before the bridge over the Mississippi, take a right turn (there is a service station there) on Riverlands Way into the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.

The road heads toward the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. After two miles, take a right at the sign that points to the park. The gravel roads leads back 4.3 miles to a small parking lot.

The covered kiosk has interpretive exhibits that tell about the history of Native Americans, fur traders, steamboats and Lewis and Clark’s visit.

A short walk through the trees ends at a paved path out onto a point of land where the Mississippi and Missouri meet. The rivers’ names are written in bronze plaques imbedded in the concrete.

What looks like a flagpole is actually a “floodpole.” The golden ball on top is the high-water mark of the Great Flood of 1993, a vivid reminder of the power of the two great rivers.