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Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 16

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Towboat with barges, trains, swing bridges - GREAT!

I was fortunate to catch a towboat with a string of barges headed upriver and got to see the lock... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2017
Annandale, New Jersey
Worth the Bother

Visitors to the Arsenal must use the Moline entrance, unless they've gotten an annual visitors... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Rock Island, Illinois
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16 Nov 2017
“Towboat with barges, trains, swing bridges - GREAT!”
8 Aug 2017
“Worth the Bother”
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33109 102nd Ave. W, Rock Island, IL
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

I was fortunate to catch a towboat with a string of barges headed upriver and got to see the lock in action. The staff was friendly, very helpful and were well versed in the locking process. Watching the ballet of the lock, the swing bridge,...More

Thank tridcod
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Visitors to the Arsenal must use the Moline entrance, unless they've gotten an annual visitors' pass, which I wouldn't be without. The viewing deck over the Lock and Dam is staffed by helpful and knowledgeable federal personnel and volunteers. When you first walk in, you...More

Thank QCWineaux
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I wasn't sure that I was really interested in the barges that cruise the Mississippi River until I got to view them going through a lock/dam It is a real work of art, they have to really work in harmony to line up the barges...More

Thank bjlemont
Reviewed 10 October 2016

Passed through here on a long river cruise with friends. Prompted by TA to review L&D 16. This lock sits in a long stretch of the river with wide flood plans, very tranquil and only a few very small villages beyond Muscutine. So L&D 16...More

Thank TahitiJim
Reviewed 13 August 2016

I didn't know before I arrived that they offer tours of the locks. They have a nice little museum that talks about them, but try to arrive for the tour so you can actually go out and see the locks up close and personal.

Thank Anthony R
Reviewed 28 June 2016

nice place to visit if you are into the river. great history lesson for the little kids and also the adults

Thank Louie K
Reviewed 16 June 2016

We were looking for something to do in Rock Island on a beautiful fall day and came upon the Rock Island Arsenal. We went to the Lock and Dam and learned a history of the Mississippi River. Its free and interesting.

Thank Noreen C
Reviewed 15 June 2016

This is a family trip your whole family would enjoy. You can experience the great out doors and see how the lock and dam works

Thank Stacey S
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Since it is an outdoor item, dress appropriately for the weather. The Lock and Dam is a neat place to visit. Not much in the way of parking for this without a short walk. On one side of the river, there is street side parking...More

Thank KuhlHandLook
Reviewed 23 July 2015

I couldn't find the address, but if you take highway 92 east across the river, into Illinois, and take the first left, after crossing the bridge, you will get there. I was lucky to run into a guy who comes there for the peace and...More

Thank llittle
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