We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mississippi River Visitors Center

Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
+1 800-645-0248
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Great View & Interesting!

I originally went there to purchase my national park pass. But the view of the Lock & Dam was... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
Denise B
,
Rock Island, Illinois
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
Corkysan
,
Moline, Illinois
via mobile
Read all 50 reviews
Get 10% off your next tour or activity booking.Valid for new TripAdvisor sign-ups only.
Join TripAdvisor
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good38%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lock and dam” (11 reviews)
“military base” (2 reviews)
LOCATION
Arsenal Island, Rock Island, IL
CONTACT
Website
+1 800-645-0248
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (50)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"lock and dam"
in 11 reviews
"visitor center"
in 6 reviews
"military base"
in 2 reviews
"military installation"
in 2 reviews
"quad city"
in 2 reviews
"eagles"
in 5 reviews
"ranger"
in 5 reviews
"passes"
in 2 reviews
"film"
in 2 reviews
"display"
in 3 reviews
"parks"
in 2 reviews
"moline"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 49 reviews

Reviewed 5 January 2018

I originally went there to purchase my national park pass. But the view of the Lock & Dam was awesome. Bought several books....one on camping cooking for over 100 years and another on parks to visit in the US. Staff was very friendly....answered any questions....More

1  Thank Denise B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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

1  Thank Corkysan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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...More

2  Thank Wayne W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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...More

Thank Suzanne C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 hotels in Rock Island
Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel
839 reviews
.88 km away
Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection
580 reviews
.89 km away
The Current Iowa, Autograph Collection
64 reviews
1.03 km away
Holiday Inn Rock Island - Quad Cities
262 reviews
1.24 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Duck City Bistro
264 reviews
.93 km away
Front Street Brewery
385 reviews
.73 km away
The Blue Cat
139 reviews
1.03 km away
Soi 2 Thai Street Food
23 reviews
1.00 km away
Nearby Attractions
Figge Art Museum
231 reviews
1.04 km away
Quad City Botanical Center
73 reviews
.85 km away
Chocolate Manor
61 reviews
.88 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Mississippi River Visitors Center staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit
;