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Brussels Ferry


Looking East to Jersey County

Photo taken by John Christeson in February 2010


BH Photo #155382


Street Views 


Ferry across Illinois River
Calhoun County, Illinois, and Jersey County, Illinois
open to traffic but expect seasonal delays due to ice on the river
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.96576, -90.49462   (decimal degrees)
38°57'57" N, 90°29'41" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
15/717064/4315962 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 44154 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 7, 2018: New photos from John Christeson
  • May 7, 2018: New photos from David Huffman
  • September 18, 2016: New Street View added by Dana and Kay Klein
  • September 17, 2016: New photos from John Christeson
  • July 22, 2014: New Street View added by Luke
  • June 9, 2014: New photos from Steve Conro
  • January 30, 2012: New photos from Gene Smania
  • May 4, 2011: New Street View added by J.P.
  • January 26, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: reopened
  • January 14, 2011: Updated by Kim Harvey: closed due to the ice on the river
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by David Backlin: Revised description
  • February 17, 2010: Added by John Christeson



Brussels Ferry
Posted May 6, 2011, by Al Bertram (abertram8297 [at] charter [dot] net)

If you are ever are staying in the St. Louis area, I would highly recommend a visit to the Brussels Ferry and to Calhoun County! The drive from Alton to Grafton to the ferry is worth the trip in itself. After crossing the ferry (free ferry, since it is operated by the State of Illinois), where being able to get out of your car, and watch the scenery for the approximately five to ten minute trip, is another plus, you can drive up through Calhoun County to Hardin. This is only 15 miles or so. At Hardin, there are some nice restaurants you can grab lunch or dinner, or get something from the local store and picnic in the riverfront park, which features an overview of the Joe Page Bridge, a vertical lift bridge that was completed in 1931. If you are lucky, you may even be able to see them raise the bridge for a passing barge! After that, you can cross the Joe Page Bridge (no toll) and take Illinois 100 back to Grafton and Alton, which is a very nice rural drive. If it's on a Sunday, you can even stop at the Pere Marquette State Park Lodge and enjoy their great Sunday buffet. And no, I don't work for the State of Illinois, Calhoun or Jersey County tourism commissions. I just want to tout a nice trip to take your mind all of things in this world of too much bad news!