Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine, a historical river landmark.

Located in Portage des Sioux, MO, the tall white statue is easily seen for miles up and down the Mississippi River.

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 Sieur 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: Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi, intersect within a few miles of the site. 
  • This historical river landmark is also a dedication to the area's rich history and incredible beauty.
  • The 'River Lady Statue' was designed by Norma McClory, and was constructed of fiberglass by Monsanto Chemical Co. in 1956.
  • It was dedicated in October 13, 1957 by Father Schlattmann, who was instrumental in the river statue being built.
  • The annual Blessing of the Fleet Parade usually happens in August and is a big tourist attraction.

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!

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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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make checks payable to: 

Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine

PO Box 41

Portage Des Sioux, MO 63373

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