Hours of Operation

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is now OPEN to the public.

Open seven days a week
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day

Latest News

Free boating safety classes offered at Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
7/2/2021
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...
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center reopens to public
6/10/2021
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...

Welcome to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Welcome to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. You are invited to watch the operation of the lock and dam and to learn more about the Illinois Waterway's use as a part of our National water highway system. In the winter months you can enjoy viewing bald eagles from our wildlife viewing area. History detectives can discover displays about early users of the Illinois River, the Illinois and Michigan Canal and how water transportation transformed the United States.

If you are interested in tours or educational programs by park rangers please contact the Visitor Center to make reservations.


BOAT SAFETY CLASSES WILL BE OFFERED IN JULY & AUGUST 2021 
Click HERE for more information. 

Contact Information

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
(located at Starved Rock Lock and Dam)
950 N 27th Road
Ottawa, IL   61350
(815) 667-4054

Project Information

Farm Creek Reservoir is in the process of creating a Master Plan. Click the link below for more information.