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The River Bend is a wonderful place simply because there is so much to do, to see, to enjoy. It has a number of superb restaurants for fine or family dining. It has the Argosy Casino for Las Vegas style gaming. Alton Lake offers a marina and a wide range of water sports. The area has many challenging golf courses, great parks, and loads of recreational opportunities. What’s more, it’s only a few minutes away from St. Louis with its myriad of cultural and entertainment opportunities and events.

Just a 15-minute drive up the Great River Road is the newly constructed Grafton Harbor Marina which offers 180 slips among its services. Grafton’s marina is situated at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Grafton also offers Raging Rivers WaterPark with its Cascade Body Flumes and Endless River while Wood River offers an aquatic center featuring a 50-meter swimming pool, diving tank, and two 300-foot water slides. The city’s Belk Park has an 18-hole golf course. In all, the River Bend area has a total of nine 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses.

Area cyclists are frequent visitors to the 13-mile-long bike trail that follows the Great River Road from Alton. Pere Marquette Park, a 7,895-acre park, offers hiking and nature trails, camping, picnicking, boating and fishing, and horseback riding. The Pere Marquette Lodge has 50 guest rooms and 22 natural stone guest cabins, plus a restaurant, lounge and indoor swimming pool.

The communities of the River Bend have a total of 30 community parks. The 700-acre Gordon F. Moore Community Park is a recreation centerpiece in the area. Located in Alton, the park was built almost entirely through public contributions and volunteered services. A forest of lights towers over a complex of baseball and softball fields. There are soccer fields, a tennis center, picnic shelters and barbecue pits, playgrounds, a nature trail, a freedom shrine, a monument to volunteers, and a waterwheel. In addition, the park features a 1,600-bush rose garden with a restful gazebo and carillon.

The Village of Godfrey has six parks totaling 200+ acres. The parks are open year round and provide families the opportunity to fish, use the walking and biking trails, play on the playgrounds and enjoy the athletic facilities. Special events and festivals are featured throughout the year for families including, the Arbor Day celebration in the spring, Family Fun Day in the summer, and “The Great Godfrey Maze” and the Fall Festival.

Alton Lake, created where a dam and locks delay the river’s flow, gives Alton a greatly widened Mississippi River at its front door that accommodates both power and sail boats. In continuing development, Riverfront Park stretches westward along Alton Lake in downtown Alton, from the beautiful Clark Bridge to the site of the Argosy Casino. The Alton Marina offers nearly 300 slips and boat rentals. The City of Alton is in progress of its multi-million dollar riverfront development project that now includes a 4000-seat amphitheater and will soon have a new pedestrian bridge and plaza, esplanade, and boat landing.

The Village of Hartford is rich in recreation with a 17-acre community park containing a great walking/jogging path that also offers recreation to all ages, several neighborhood parks and a Veteran’s Memorial Park on Route 3. Hartford also has a community center with a gymnasium available for rent for citizen’s enjoyment. The Village is located along the Meetings of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway and adjacent to the Confluence Bikeway.

Gordon F. Moore Community Park

Wood River offers eight parks and more than 273.5 acres of recreational space in which residents can enjoy virtually any outdoor activity. The convenient location of the parks throughout the City allows children safe access to basketball courts, soccer, baseball/softball fields and playgrounds that are close to home. Throughout the year, the Park & Recreation Department provides residents of all ages a diverse selection of activities and events. Children and teenagers can take advantage of the numerous camps, clinics and instructional lessons to maintain or improve in sports or other activities. Groups can participate in the many sport tournaments and leagues that are available throughout the different seasons.

The Winchester Shooting Facilities located on Powder Mill Road in East Alton, Illinois have certified instructors on staff to assist your shooting needs. The Winchester Trap & Skeet Facility has fields dedicated to Trap, Doubles Trap, Skeet, Crazy Quail, 5-Stand Sporting Clays and a new rabbit game. Ammunition, eye and ear protection, as well as a shotgun, if needed, are provided for one low price. Personal guns are welcome, too. Participants in any of these games can be age 10 or older. They are open to the public during practice hours, and reservations are not needed. The Trap & Skeet Facility is home to a High School Age Trap and Skeet league. The teams are comprised of high school age students from various districts throughout the area who compete each spring and fall. There are several additional leagues available (including trap, skeet, 410, doubles and 5-Stand) consisting of Olin employees and their families that compete year round. For additional information about the Trap & Skeet Facility, call 618-258-2633.

The Winchester Handgun Facility is a state-of-the-art 14-station pistol range available to individuals 16 years of age or older. Ammunition, eye and ear protection, as well as a pistol, if needed, are provided for one low price. Personal guns are welcome, too. The facility is open to the public during practice hours, and reservations are not needed. During the summer months, the staff gets very involved with area youth by hosting the Junior Rifle Program. This program is open to the public with children ages 9 through 18 participating each Wednesday evening. For additional information, call 618-258-2629

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