Visitor Center
City of Clarksville, MO
The Clarksville Tourist Information Center serves to showcase attractions and sights for
those traveling the Great River Road.  'One of a kind', this Center overlooks the Mississippi
River and Lock and Dam #24.  As a result of the central location visitors from all directions are
received each day.

The main floor of the Center includes an information desk and racks of brochures and maps.  
Gift items are plentiful.  Books of every size for every age are available to assist in telling the
story of the Bald Eagle and other amazing birds of the air. Books describing life on the
Mississippi River and just what makes the river run are favorites for the visitor.  A display of
informational and interpretive posters and signs presented by the Army Corps of Engineers
provide an exceptional opportunity to absorb even more information relating to the river and the
lock and dam.  An observation deck allows a wide view of the river and the lock and dam.

If it's information you are looking for, the Clarksville Information Center may just be the
place to find it. The Center has long been where people stop for information about Clarksville
and its many events.  Information concerning Pike County and the surrounding area and sites
and travel in the State of Missouri is also available.  You will even find viewing scopes for that  
close-up look at eagles, pelicans and other wild life as well as the river and Lock and Dam 24.

This Center serves to help visitors discover Clarksville as a destination of value and introduces
the community as a place that is interesting and friendly, filled with history, wildlife, good food,
artists, antiques, and specialty shops.

for a listing of the exciting variety of      
     shopping opportunities in           
Clarksville MO.
Lock and Dam #24
Baby has arrived!
Time for food!
Mom AND Dad providing the meal!
The Mississippi River
* * * The average natural depth in this area is 11 feet.
* * * The highest recorded flow is in excess of 10 m.p.h.
* * *  The average volume of flow is approximately 1.339 million    
gallons per second.
* * * The deepest spot in the middle river is 100 ft at Grand Tower, IL
* * * The width at Lock & Dam 24 is approximately 4700 feet.
* * * Lock & Dam 24 is at river mile 273.4 measured from the mouth of
the Ohio River northward.  The pool is 27.8 miles long.  This structure was
completed in 1940.  The lock is 600 feet long by 110 feet wide.  The dam is
1200 feet long and contains 15 gates, each gate is 80 feet long by 25 feet
high.  These gates are used to regulate the height of the pool.  The normal
pool elevation is 449 feet above mean sea level.   
* * *  Lock & Dam 24 is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a
year.  About 30 million tons of bulk commodities are moved through it each
* * * The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operates and maintains four
locks and dame in the St. Louis DistrictL  Lock & Dam 24 at Clarksville, MO,
Lock & Dam 25 at Winfield, MO, Lock & Dam 26 at Alton, IL and Lock 27 at
Granite City, IL.
* * * The Coast Guard is responsible for safety on the River.  It places
channel markers, checks condition of towboats and commercial passenger
boats, registers large pleasure boats, handles search and rescue
operations and handles pollution clean-up.

The Bald Eagle
The bald eagle was officially declared the National Emblem of the United States in 1782.  The
American Bald Eagle’s scientific name, Haliacetus leucocphalus, literally means “white-headed
sea eagle”.

These majestic birds are one of the largest birds of prey found in North America.  Females are
slightly larger than males reaching 15 pounds, standing 3 feet tall and spreading up to 8 feet in
wingspan.  The female eagle lays 1 to 3 white eggs sometime between December and

The bald eagle has excellent vision and on a clear day, they can see fish from nearly 2 miles
away.  Once spotted, eagles use their razor sharp talons to catch their prey.  They are powerful
fliers who can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour during a dive.

A mated pair of bald eagles will return to the same nest, and defend a territory around that nest
each spring.  When they mate, they mate for life.  They build enormous nests, up to eight feet
across that may weigh a ton and they may use the nest over and over for years.  Both eagles
take turns incubating the eggs for 34 to 40 days.  Young eagles are fully grown at 15 weeks.

As of 1995, the bald eagle is no longer considered an endangered species.  Harming an eagle
carries an initial conviction of a one-year jail sentence and $5,000 in fines.  

There are approximately 4,500 nesting pairs and 20,000 total birds in the lower 48 states.
      City of Clarksville Missouri
                                       Jo Anne Smiley, Mayor
111 Howard Street                                                        Phone: 573.242.3336
P.O. Box 528                                                                    Fax: 573.242.3450
Clarksville, MO 63336                            Email:
Clarksville Visitor Center
(573) 242.3132

Clarksville Library  *  Clarksville Sky Ride  *   Crown Valley Port House  

Eagle's Bluff Golf Course  *  Elgin Cottrell House  *  Lock & Dam #24   

Pool #24 Water Trail  *  River Front Park  

The Apple Shed  (Raintree  Arts Council)  *   Tievoli Resort  *  Visitor Center

    Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley and Candace Chambers, Wildlife
    Refuge Specialist at the Great River and Clarence Cannon National
    Wildlife Refuge, install one of two new display panels in the Clarksville
    Visitor/ River Heritage Center.  The panels were donated to the City of
    Clarksville by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and describe the
    importance of the Mississippi river valley for hundreds of species of
    birds that migrate along the river each spring and fall.