Great Rivers Land Trust acquired the Piasa Harbor complex in the spring of 2009. The acquisition consisted of approximately 55 acres, a 27,000 square foot multipurpose building, a 5,500 square foot maintenance warehouse, and three other structures, as well as; a gas station canopy and a 118 slip boat marina. Beyond the existing buildings are 55 acres of riverfront property at the confluence of the Mississippi River and Piasa Creek just upstream from Alton, Illinois. Great Rivers Land Trust acquired Piasa Harbor with the intent to cleanup a property that over the decades had become a site for abandoned and degraded boats and equipment. The area was a blight on the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway. The Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway was the first federally designated scenic byway in the state of Illinois and runs along the Mississippi River from its confluence at the Illinois River to its meeting with the Missouri River. During the past two years of ownership, Great Rivers Land Trust has cleaned up all derelict boats, equipment, and various unwanted debris at the site. Three dilapidated structures have been razed and the site has been opened to the public. Since it is the only opportunity along the scenic byway to buy fuel, Great Rivers is reopening the gas station to provide fuel service to motorists and boaters. While the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful routes in Illinois, and possibly the Midwest, it has some constraints. The four lane highway runs parallel with the Mississippi River from Alton to Grafton. The traveler sees the mighty Mississippi on one side and the majestic limestone bluffs covered with an oak hickory forest on the other side. The problem for travelers is that there are very few points along the route to leave the highway and interact with the River and surrounding natural areas. Great Rivers Land Trust is providing that opportunity by developing a 55 acre riverfront park that will be open to the public. A portion of the park will feature mature bottom land trees and open areas giving the traveler the opportunity to have a picnic, fish, or just take a few moments to enjoy views of the Mississippi River and its riparian scenes. Also, in this riverfront park, a trail system is being developed that will provide opportunities for hikers to observe an active wetland cell and walkthrough a river bottom forest. Bird watchers and photographers will be thrilled with the opportunities presented by the abundance of migratory birds and the natural setting.