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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.

Safe Boating Classes NOW AVAILABLE! Click this link for more details on the Illinois Safe Boating classes currently being offered.


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