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Mississippi River Visitors Center

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Address: Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
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+1 800-645-0248

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A must for eagle watchers.

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... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2017
Rock Island, Illinois
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Rock Island, Illinois
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81 reviews
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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
Davenport, IA, United States
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73 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 I took him to the Arsenal Mississippi River Visitors Center and BINGO! We were just... More 

1 Thank Wayne W
Moline, United States
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215 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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 Eagles. I have seen them numerous times swoop into the water there and pull out... More 

Thank Suzanne C
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 spot to get a pic of the river up close. A++ spot for eagles in... More 

Thank tdfxman
Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

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

Thank Noreen C
Hampton, Iowa
2 reviews
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
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24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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
bement, Il
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2015

the visitor center itself does not look like much but there are a lot of neat features to the center. go up to the tower and if you are lucky you can see the barges come thru the lock and dam. The day we were there we got to see the bridge (car and RR) shut down traffic and swivel... More 

Thank frogtoes
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335 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

This visitor center is worth a visit to see an up close view of barges traveling through the locks. Army Corps of Engineers personnel are available to answer questions and there are short videos to watch.

Thank dekalbill
Bettendorf, Iowa
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317 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

We made a late afternoon stop on a visit to Arsenal Island and enjoyed learning about Lock and Dam 15 and the River Valley. It was interesting but we recommend taking in one of the tours offered at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day during the summer. Seeing the lock in operation on a tour is what we'll try to do... More 

2 Thank MMM_and_MPM

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