Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at Starved Rock opens

Facility offers boating safety classes a few times per year

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center at Starved Rock Lock and Dam on Dee Bennett Road near Utica has reopened to the public.

Operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center offers guests an observation deck, museum, interactive displays, theater, gift shop and one of the best views of locking on the Illinois Waterway. Park rangers are on-hand to answer questions and assist those interested in acquiring America the Beautiful Interagency Passes.

Boating safety classes also are offered at the facility a few times a year. Visitors are asked to follow state, local and CDC guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing when inside the building.

The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is located at 950 N. 27th Road, Ottawa. For more information visit: https://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Illinois-Waterway/ or call 815-667-4054.