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Mississippi River Visitors Center

Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
+1 800-645-0248
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Interesting close-to-home visit

We went to the visitors center for the sole purpose of purchasing national park passes, but found... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Moline, Illinois
via mobile
Worth the difficulty...

Ok, this is actually on a military base, so you have to get there by going in from River Drive in... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2017
Davenport, Iowa
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Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
+1 800-645-0248
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

We went to the visitors center for the sole purpose of purchasing national park passes, but found it to be a very interesting destination worthy of some time. We were lucky enough to see the lock and dam 15 in action as a huge tugboat...More

Thank Corkysan
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Ok, this is actually on a military base, so you have to get there by going in from River Drive in Moline. Then you have to get a quick background check, and then you need to travel to the other side of the Island to...More

2  Thank LTCSPG
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday morning. We were lucky enough to see several barges going through the lock system. It is very interesting to watch. There is a nice viewing area. The visitor center itself is very well done. We watched the film, which gives...More

Thank joaniemaria
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This area has the most wonderful place to see the eagles this time of year. On the Mississippi River, there is no better place to view the splendor of this bird. People come from all over to experience this.

Thank gymdoggrams
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Had a friend come visit from out of town and was asking about the barges and how big they were and such. So I said, "Let's go see some if we are lucky." He wasn't sure what I meant. We got in the car and...More

2  Thank Wayne W
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is located just inside of Rock Island Arsenal - near the Engineer Tower. It is part of the lock and dam system and you can see boats come into the lock system. Also in the winter it is a great place to observe the...More

Thank Suzanne C
Reviewed 25 June 2016

Little visitor center on top of the lock and dam 15. Right when we were there a tug with 12 barges came into lock. They have a great map on the 1st floor of the center. Very good stuff on birds of the area. nice...More

Thank tdfxman
Reviewed 16 June 2016

This is located on the Rock Island Arsenal. It is free and very interesting. Lots of history of the Mississippi River.

1  Thank Noreen C
Reviewed 1 May 2016

The view of the trees across the valley was magnificent. It was sunny and warm; we had a great time there.

Thank 312judy
Reviewed 3 November 2015 via mobile

And we were here on Monday 😔 can't add any more comments because we didn't see anything. Gorgeous day to sit along the river!

1  Thank Carriebethmartin
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