New Illinois Waterway Navigation Charts Now Available

Published Jan. 8, 2014

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (Jan. 8) – The Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has updated the Illinois Waterway Navigation Charts and they are now available to the public.

The navigation charts depict the Illinois River from the Mississippi River at Grafton, Ill., to Lake Michigan at Chicago and Calumet Harbors. The new charts replace the 1998 version and were created using the most recent aerial photography and survey data developed by and available to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

These bound sets of river charts indicate important river features such as open channel areas, aids to navigation, locks and dams, hazardous areas such as the wing dams, bridge clearances, boat ramps, and other useful information to ensure a safe and enjoyable boating experience.

The navigation charts are sold through cooperative agreements between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Eastern National and the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau. The updated Illinois Waterway charts cost $12.98 plus tax and shipping (if applicable). Charts may be purchased in person or over the phone from the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, located at 950 North 27th Road, Ottawa, Ill., phone (815) 667-4054; and from the Mississippi River Visitor Center, Arsenal Island, Rock Island, Ill., phone (309) 794-5338. Telephone orders must be paid by credit card (VISA, Master Card or American Express). Discounted pricing is applied to orders of ten or more. For more information contact the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at (815) 667-4054 or visit

The 2013 navigation charts can also be downloaded from the web for free at The downloadable charts are print-quality Adobe Acrobat files, and include digitally encoded geographic coordinates. Devices that use this information allow a user to measure a distance or area on the map, as well as show a current position if GPS positioning is available.

For more information on Rock Island District Navigation Charts please visit

Hilary Markin

Release no. FY14-01-04