The Apple River Fort is now open!
Visitors will be required to wear a mask and to social distance (6 feet) while inside the Interpretive Center, and are strongly recommended to do so elsewhere on site.
Click HERE for more information.
We will not be scheduling group tours at this time.
COVID-19 Guidelines
for visitors


In order to make the Apple River Fort State Historic Site as safe, healthy, and fun place for visitors,

site staff ask that visitors help by following these guidelines:


  • Masks are REQUIRED while inside the Interpretive Center and are strongly encouraged outside on site grounds. This is a mandated requirement by Governor Pritzker and, as a state run site, staff retain the right to deny entry to anyone refusing to wear a mask inside.
  • Social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet) is REQUIRED while inside the Interpretive Center and is strongly encouraged outside on site grounds.
  • There will be a maximum limit of 10 people allowed inside the Interpretive Center at any one time. 
  • If you are showing symptoms, have recently come into contact with anyone showing symptoms, or otherwise have any reason to believe you may be infected with COVID-19, we ask that you help prevent spreading the virus by staying home and postponing your visit to the Fort.


To help keep visitors safe, staff will be masked and maintain proper social distancing. We will also

regularly clean and disinfect surfaces.


See the events calendar for updates about special events at the Fort.


We are not taking reservations for group tours at this time, due to limitations on building capacity and potential challenges with proper social distancing.