Rock Island, IL

Mississippi River Visitor Center, Lock & Dam 15

The Mississippi River Visitor Center is located on the western tip of the Rock Island Arsenal off Rodmand Av at Lock & Dam 15. Learn more about the Mississippi river and the lock and dam system. The Visitor Center has a nice terrace overlooking the lock. Rock Island Arsenal is a military facility. Access to the Visitor Center must be made through the Moline gate. Security personnel will meet you at the gate, and may inspect your vehicle and ask for picture ID for persons over 15 years of age. Non-US citizens should contact the Visitor Center at least one week before visiting. If you don´t want to go on Arsenal Island there is limited parking available at the Rock Island entrance right after Government bridge. You can walk under the bridge and watch the lock operation from there.

Mississippi River Visitor Center
P.O. Box 2004
Rock Island, IL 61204-2004
Phone (309) 794-5338
Toll free 1 (800) 645-0248
Opening hours: daily 9 am - 5 pm (closed on Christmas Day and New Year´s Day), free

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Mississippi River Visitor Center, Lock & Dam 15

Judy Patsch´s Private Collection
Rock Island, IL, Mile 480 UMR

Private collection of artifacts, photos, postcards and other steamboat memorabilia. Special emphasis on Streckfus Steamers / excursion boats and Greene Line tourist boats.

Call or email to set up a visit.
Judy Patsch (309) 786-8019 or

Jumer´s Casino Rock Island

This boat is now located at New Orleans where it serves as excursion boat "City of New Orleans", beginning in October 2018, along with the Str. Natchez.

As "Jumer´s Casino Rock Island"e; it has been one of the worth seeing casino boats, a beautiful replica of a paddlewheel riverboat and the towboat EFFIE AFTON (built in 1944 as twin prop steam towboat MATEUR #T1766) that served as a restaurant. It has been at Rock Island for a long time but in April 2009 it was moved somewhere up the Illinois River, sitting there for years waiting for a buyer.

donations welcome