THE PORT BYRON GREAT RIVER TUGFEST
August 10th – 12th
Vendors and crafters!
Specials from our downtown businesses!
And of course! The TUG = Illinois vs. Iowa
Come and enjoy!!
Welcome to the official Port Byron website. We’re glad you’re here. Port Byron offers many amenities found in large cities with the midwestern charm of a small community. A great place to raise a family, open a business, or just relax. As part of the Quad City area, there is close access to arts, sports, entertainment, outdoor activities, top health care facilities, and higher education.
What makes Port Byron so special? What sets it apart from other small towns in the Midwest? It’s the RIVER! The great Mississippi River is our front yard and it’s an amazing resource. It’s not unusual for visitors or travelers to stop and take pictures of it, stick their feet in it or just sit along the riverbank and watch it roll on by.
Welcome to our website, your go-to spot on the web for Port Byron news, information, weather and assistance. Bookmark us and visit often.
About Port Byron
Just 3 miles upriver from Interstate 80 where it crosses the Mississippi River you’ll find the quiet little village of Port Byron, Illinois. What is it about Port Byron? Well… the pace is a little slower, the people a little friendlier, and the river – the great Mississippi River. It’s a great place to visit and a wonderful place to call home. This is where you’ll find real small town living at its’ best. Port Byron is 20 minutes away from the Quad Cities, a major metropolitan area with all the amenities you could ask for. If you find yourself in the mood for a weekend in the big city, we’re only 150 miles West of Chicago, 260 miles North of St. Louis and 195 miles Southwest of Milwaukee.
Port Byron is located on The Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for its archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and/or scenic qualities. If you’re a local you know how special the Port Byron community is. If you’re planning a visit, be sure to interact with the Mississippi River in some way during your time here. Take a rest along the river’s edge and see ducks, geese, gulls, pelicans, herons and so much more wildlife. In the Summertime there are always boats on the river. Canoes, fishing boats, runabouts, cruisers and the huge tow-boats pushing barges full of cargo – they all use the Mississippi River and pass by Port Byron. You might also see a paddle wheeler cruising to St. Louis or Minneapolis or the Riverboat Twilight on one of her many overnight trips to Dubuque.
The Great River Trail runs through our downtown area and is utilized by thousands of bicyclists, runners and walkers. Be sure and take a picture of Will B. Rolling, ( a 2014 Eddy Award winner) our 30′ tall statue of a rider perched atop his Penny-farthing. Bring your clubs and enjoy a round of golf. Port Byron is home to one of the best golf courses in the area, Byron Hills. This scenic, pristine course offers 18 holes of challenging golf. Measuring 6,465 yards from the Championship tees with a par of 71.
Our Baby Blues & BBQ Fest is quickly becoming a community favorite. Bands play on the Gazebo stage and people fill main street to enjoy some Blues music along the Mississippi and some great food from our local eateries.
Don’t miss our main event of the Summer – The Great River Tug Fest. The only event of its’ kind in the country. The 3 day festival includes one of the best fireworks displays you’ll ever see on Friday night and on Saturday the Mississippi River is closed to all traffic and the 2400 foot rope is pulled across the river. That’s when the teams of 20 compete to see who can bring home the Alabaster Eagle trophy along with bragging rights for the year. The Tug Fest committee is always looking for volunteers so if you’re interested in helping out in this community event, contact Tammy Knapp at [email protected] for more information.
Thanks for visiting our website and spending some time with us. We hope you’ll come back often. If you have ideas for things you’d like to see on our website, we would love to hear from you. FEEDBACK
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
120 S Main St
P.O. Box 438
Port Byron, IL 61275