Free Tours of Locks and Dam #15


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Posted Online: May 23, 2012, 4:22 pm
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Press release submitted by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces they will be offering free tours of Locks and Dam #15 starting this Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day.

After the holiday weekend the Corps of Engineers Park Rangers will offer free Locks and Dam tours each Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer until Labor Day Weekend at 11:00am and 2:00pm (weather permitting). Participants must wear shoes with enclosed toes and backs, tennis shoes are preferred. Cameras and pictures are not allowed on the tour but they are allowed in the Visitor Center. Walking is required. Pre-registration is also required and the group size is limited.

If you do not have time to attend tours then just stop by for a visit. The Mississippi River Visitor Center gives you a great view of the locking through process at Locks and Dam # 15. There is a picnicking area, restroom facilities, observation deck and an indoor theater. The center is located on the west end of Arsenal Island in Rock Island, Illinois and is open 9:00am till 5:00pm daily.

The facility is only accessible via the Rock Island or Moline entrances. All persons over the age of 16 must carry a photo ID in order to enter the island. All vehicles are subject to random search and participants should allow 15 minutes extra to ensure proper arrival time. Pedestrians and bicyclists with helmets have access to the Mississippi River Visitor Center through the Rock Island gate only. Appropriate ID is required.

Contact the ranger staff at (309) 794-5338 to make a tour reservation or for any additional questions.




















 



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