Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Illinois

(815) 667-4054

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Overview

Ever want to see the operation of a lock and dam? The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center offers you that as well as impressive towboats of mammoth proportions navigating through the Starved Rock Lock, which is one of eight on the Illinois Waterway. While there you can see all sorts of cool displays in the visitor center. Beginning with the Native American canoe, exhibits highlight the flatboat, canal boat, and steamboat eras, and conclude with modern transportation. The center provides up-close views of river barges and other watercraft as they "lock through" the Starved Rock Lock & Dam and panoramic River view. The visitor center is open 7 days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

Map of Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Latitude, Longitude: 41.324716, -88.985610

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Fishing is not offered here.

  • Historic Sites

    Exhibits highlight the flatboat, canal boat, and steamboat eras, and conclude with modern transportation. The center provides up-close views of river barges and other watercraft as they "lock through" the Starved Rock Lock & Dam and panoramic River view.

Directions

Driving

The Visitor Center is located at Starved Rock Lock & Dam on the Illinois River between Ottawa and Utica. From I-80 take exit 81 and follow the signs south through Utica. Turn left immediately prior to the bridge. Follow the road until you see the lock and dam complex on the right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(815) 667-4054

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