Shrine Info


Portage des Sioux is located ~12 miles from St. Charles and ~9 miles from West Alton. Take MO-94 to CR J and then 1 mile into Portage des Sioux. Take a right on Common Field Street and go approximately 1/4 mile to Le Seurre Street which leads to shrine on the river.

Hours & Access

Visitors are welcome year round at any time.  Pathway lighting comes on at dusk and turns off dawn.  The site is wheelchair accessible.


Parking is free. There is a small paved lot directly across the road, just feet from the walkway entrance

Interactive map


Quick Facts:

  • Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine gets its name from the fact that three major rivers-the Illinois, Missouri, and the Mississippi-meet within a few miles of the site.

  • The Shrine itself was dedicated in October 1957 to commemorates an event that took place during the July 1951 flood, but is also a dedication to the rich history and incredible beauty of the area.

Thank You

  • We are a volunteer-based organization focused on helping make the world around the shrine a better, happier place. 

  • With the help of volunteers, we maintain the shrine as a historical and navigational landmark, for all; on or off the water.  

  • Whether you help through monetary donations or volunteering your time, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you!


The shrine is a non-profit organization maintained through donations by private individuals and volunteers.  We are a 501(c)(3) charity, which means 100% of your donation is tax deductible.  Any amount helps, thank you.

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