Scott County Freedom Rock
Located on the south end of the LeClaire Levee.
The Freedom Rock Tour, created by the artist of The Freedom Rock; Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, aims to boost tourism and spread the message of thanking our Veterans while providing a unique to their area Freedom Rock for all 99 counties in the great state of Iowa. In dedication to the men and women who have so bravely served our country with unbelievable strength and courage, we are dedicating the surroundings of the Scott County Freedom Rock to these soldiers, firefighters, police officers and emergency responders.
The Twilight Captain brings the history and stories of the river to life. You may even be invited up to the pilot house to experience the river the same way Mark Twain did over 150 years ago.
Each afternoon on board features a variety of folk musicians, humorists. Destination Dubuque activities include Museums, an Aquarium, Trolley Tours, Art Galleries, Historical Architecture and much, much more.
We see an average of 20 to 30 bald eagles on each cruise. In addition, we typically encounter 300-400 pelicans plus numerous egrets and blue herons. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to these spectacular creatures.
Year after year, Twilight is a favorite for Travel Groups, Clubs, Birthdays, Anniversaries plus Family and Military Reunions. Our All-Inclusive pricing and first rate experience make the planner's job quick and easy.
Bald Eagle & Pelican Viewing / Photography
Nature photographers and bird watchers will be delighted with the opportunities at Lock and Dam Number 14 on the Mississippi River in LeClaire to capture amazing photos and sightings of Bald Eagles in the Winter months and Pelicans that call LeClaire "home" during the Spring and Summer months. There are so many eagles in one place, you have to see it to believe it.
When to Visit
Eagles start to gather around the Lock and Dam on the South Side of LeClaire as soon as the ice starts forming in December and stay around through late February and early March. Pelicans start gathering in the channel on the South Side of LeClair n 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.
The photos of the eagles and pelicans on this page were taken by Burt Gearhart of LeClaire, Iowa.
To view his work, visit Burt Gearhart's website.
LeClaire Levee sits on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River and includes:
- Boat Launch
- Buffalo Bill Museum, honoring LeClaire's most famous native son, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, as well as local history and the Lone Star Steamer at the River Pilot's Pier
- Picnic areas
- Public Restrooms
- Scott County Freedom Rock - Facebook
- Twilight River Boat Cruise Launch
- Veteran's Memorial
For more information please call 563-289-4242 (City Hall).