Rock Island, Illinois- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that the Visitor Center at Locks and Dam #15 is inviting guests to participate in Historic Clock Tower and Eagle Watching Tours. Learn about the Historic Clock Tower building as you climb the stairs to the top. Waiting there is a spectacular view of the Mississippi River where you will have the opportunity to see Bald Eagles who visit our area during the cold winter months.
Tours will be happening on Saturdays and Sundays on the following dates: January 26, 27; February 2, 3, 9, 10. There will be two tours each day beginning at 10:00am and 12:00pm. The tours will last approximately 1½ hours and will be guided by a Corps Park Ranger. The tours will begin at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, located on the western end of Arsenal Island at Locks and Dam #15. You must check in with the ranger staff upstairs in the Visitor Center when you arrive for the tour. The tour does involve walking up 12 flights of stairs and is outside for a short duration of time so plan and dress accordingly. The tours are free of charge and everyone is invited to attend. Advance registration is recommended. An adult must accompany children under 12 years of age.
The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located at building 328. To gain access to Arsenal Island, all visitors must be issued a pass which can be achieved by going to the Visitor Control Center which is located in building 23 near the Moline entrance. More information on accessing the Rock Island Arsenal can be found by visiting the website www.usagria.army.mil/accessrequests or by calling 309-782-1337.
Release no. 19-005