Rock Island, IL - 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.
In January there will be tours on the 16th, 23rd, and 30th. The final tour will be on February 6th. There will be two tours each day beginning at 9:30am 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 6 flights of stairs and is outside for a short duration of time so plan and dress accordingly. Cameras and binoculars are allowed on tour. 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. For more information about these tours or to sign up for the program, please contact the Visitor Center at (309) 794-5338.
All persons over age 18 must carry a photo ID and go through the visitor processing center at the Moline Gate of Arsenal Island where a background check will be performed before entry. Please allow extra time for this process. Necessary forms can be filled out and submitted to Arsenal Security prior to arrival that may speed up this process. For more information on how to access the Rock Island Arsenal or to download forms please call 309-782-0485 or visit
Release no. 15-076