US Army Corps of Engineers
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*** The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center has been closed for the safety of our visitors and employees. ***



Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years)

Contact Information

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

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 NOW BEING OFFERED  - Click HERE for more information. 

Project Information

Starved Rock Lock and Dam will experience daytime and full lock closures in 2019 and 2020 for repairs and maintenance. Click the 2020 Closures link below for more information.  

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