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  • Free boating safety classes offered at Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, will offer two free Illinois Safe Boating classes this summer at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center July 24 and August 14 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The classes are open to everyone age 11 and older. Students under age 16 should be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required. Upon successful completion of the class and exam, participants will receive an Illinois DNR Boat Safety Certification.
  • Illinois Waterway Visitor Center reopens to public

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Ottawa, Illinois, has reopened to the public. Operating hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.
  • Illinois Waterway reopens to navigation, construction complete

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces today that construction is complete and the Illinois Waterway locks have reopened to navigation after a series of extended, consolidated closures.
  • Lock Closure Viewing Available at Illinois Waterway Visitor Center Outdoor Area

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District announces that the outdoor viewing area at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center in Ottawa, Illinois, is open for viewing the ongoing construction work at Starved Rock Lock and Dam.
  • Closures to Illinois Waterway Locks remain set for July 1

    Beginning July 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District is temporarily closing the Dresden Island, Marseilles, Starved Rock, Peoria and LaGrange locks on the Illinois Waterway to facilitate needed repairs and maintenance. The closures, which will be conducted simultaneously to limit impacts to navigation, are scheduled to last through late October.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Extends Closures Due to COVID-19

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Due to the ongoing concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District has extended its recreation area closures through May 31.
  • Visitor Observation Area to Temporarily Close at Marseilles Lock

    Due to major rehabilitation work at Marseilles Lock on the Illinois Waterway, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is temporarily closing the visitor observation area from June 1 to Aug. 31.
  • Partial Closures to Begin June 1 at Starved Rock and Marseilles Locks

    ROCK ISLAND, Illinois. – Starting June 1, Starved Rock and Marseilles locks on the Illinois Waterway will be closed to commercial and recreational traffic from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m. to prepare for upcoming major maintenance. The 12-hour closures will take place daily from June 1 to July 3 and from July 8 to Aug. 16. Both locks will be open for normal, 24-hour operation July 3-7 to clear any backlog of traffic and accommodate for increased recreational boating during the Independence Day holiday.
  • Illinois Waterway Visitor Center Closes Due to High Water

    OTTAWA, Illinois. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, has temporarily closed the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center located at Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Ottawa, Illinois, due to rising river levels.
  • Corps Illinois Waterway Project Offering FREE Boating Safety Classes

    OTTAWA, Illinois - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is offering five free Illinois Safe Boating classes this year at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center located at 950 N. 27th Rd in Ottawa, Illinois.