Illinois Waterway Visitor Center reopens after flooding

Published June 14, 2013

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (June 14) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Illinois Waterway Visitor Center will reopen Saturday following record level flooding on the Illinois River in April.

The visitor center closed April 23 as flood waters threatened the area. The center sustained damages due to the flood waters and has been in the process of cleaning up and repairing those damages since the water receded. 

You can watch the operation of the Starved Rock Lock and Dam at the visitor center as well as learn more about the Illinois Waterway’s role in the nation’s water highway system. Visitors will also find displays on the early users of the Illinois River, the Illinois and Michigan Canal and how water transportation transformed the United States.

Park Rangers are also available for tours and educational programs, if interested please contact the Illinois Visitor Center at 815-667-4054.

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 950 N 27th Road, Ottawa, Ill., at Starved Rock Lock and Dam.

Release no. FY13-06-26