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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

950 N 27th Rd, Starved Rock Lock and Dam, Ottawa, IL 61350-9735
+1 815-667-4054
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This was stop on our trolley tour, but we needed more time . The elevator did not work, this was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LMomG
via mobile
Very educational

We liked the educational activities and the observation deck. Had the opportunity to watch a barge... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Onthego1950
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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950 N 27th Rd, Starved Rock Lock and Dam, Ottawa, IL 61350-9735
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was stop on our trolley tour, but we needed more time . The elevator did not work, this was problem because lots of steps. Very knowledgeable guide onsite. Well marked exhibits.

Thank LMomG
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We liked the educational activities and the observation deck. Had the opportunity to watch a barge go through the locks.

Thank Onthego1950
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

There were boats passing through the canal when we were there and that was very interesting to watch. Would have liked to have seen a movie of the dam being built or a walking tour with information. The welcome center did have a few pictures...More

Thank funinthesun5
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I arrived at a time when a barge was going through the locks. It was very interesting to watch the process. I also was lucky to spot and view a beautiful bald eagle on the island right near the center. It would be an interesting...More

Thank Kelly R
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Just stopped in to get a good view of Starved Rock. The Waterway was actually closed but nice view accros the water.

Thank Oma44
Reviewed 14 September 2017

We made a 20 minute stop at this location on a tour we were part of. The view is wonderful and worth the time to park and stop. If you are in to history, you will enjoy.

Thank debra334
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Interesting little place to view the dam and lock system from inside or outside. Tower viewers (mounted binoculars) on the deck do not require coins.

Thank familyvaca4
Reviewed 11 September 2017

We arrived at the exact time there was activity. A couple barges for New Orleans were in the lock and dam. Adjustments had to be made due to the length of the barges. Its amazing how careful they are with all the necessary procedures. It...More

Thank lupe s
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Nice view of Starved Rock from across the river. Kind of neat to see the lock and dam. Not like a beautiful area but it's worth a stop.

Thank winks1996
Reviewed 25 May 2017

A 1/2 hour stop at most, unless a barge is going through the locks and you have kids...Then it may take a bit longer. Very informative people at the location to answer questions.

Thank bill n
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Katie Y
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Cedric W
28 April 2015|
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Although fishing throughout the Illinois River is very popular, fishing or boating near any dam can be very dangerous. For everyone's safety, there are large signs displayed on the dam showing safe distances away from the... More
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