Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that tours of Locks and Dam #15 will be cancelled due to high water beginning July 4th until further notice. The Mississippi River Visitor Center will still remain open during this time. Our hours of operation are: Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Mississippi River Visitor Center gives you a great view of the locking process as many towboats and recreational boats use the locks daily. There is a picnicking area, restroom facilities, observation deck and an indoor theater. Also a Park Ranger is always on hand to answer questions.
The facility is only accessible via the Rock Island or Moline entrances. All persons over the age of 16 must carry a photo ID in order to enter the island. All vehicles are subject to random search and participants should allow 15 minutes extra to ensure proper arrival time. Pedestrians and bicyclists with helmets have access to the Mississippi River Visitor Center through the Rock Island gate only. Appropriate ID is required.
Contact the ranger staff at (309) 794-5338 for any additional questions.
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Media representatives MUST contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contact noted on this release to arrange for entrance to, and escort within, the Arsenal. We would appreciate advanced notice of attendance in order to make necessary arrangements for media escorts. Media representatives must enter through the Moline Gate, provide photo identification, and be prepared for random vehicle searches by Arsenal security.
Release no. 14-037