Location and Hours

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center will be CLOSED Oct. 31 - Nov. 4 for roadway resurfacing. 

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is located at Starved Rock Lock and Dam at 950 N 27th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350

The facility is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day)

For more information call: 815-667-4054

Master Plan Process

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

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.

Latest News

New lifetime pass available for Military Veterans and Gold Star Families to access public lands
11/10/2022
The Biden-Harris administration announced that starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to thousands of federal...
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, surrounding areas closed for roadway resurfacing
10/28/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and public areas near Starved Rock Lock and Dam will be closed Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday,...

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