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Brussels Ferry

Located west of Grafton and 4 miles east of Pere Marquette State Park, this ferry crosses the Illinois River linking Route 100 to Calhoun County and the village of Brussels. On busy days, such as weekends in the fall, there are two ferries operating to cut down on the waiting times. Learn More about Calhoun County

Fun Fact: The ferries help keep the river free of ice during the winter and the action of their propellers stun fish and help bring them to the surface. This attracts many Bald Eagles and makes for an incredible bird-watching experience.

IDOT owns and operates two free ferries that travel across the Illinois River. These ferries are operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ferry services are offered to Illinois residents and visitors in order to improve access across inland waterways within or bordering Illinois.