The Apple River Fort is open!

Please wear a mask, social distance, and stop the spread
to keep the Apple River Fort open!

Information updated May 26, 2021.
Group Tours 
*We will not be taking group tour reservations at this time. Please contact the site with any questions.

For larger groups, please schedule your visit ahead of time so we may better accommodate your group. For groups larger than 25 people (such as school field trips), we recommend dividing into smaller groups and rotating between the site's attractions. Children must be chaperoned at all times.

Plan to spend at least an hour at the site. We recommend beginning your visit at the Interpretive Center and viewing the film before visiting the Fort. Tours of the Fort can be guided or self-guided. Guided tours may be led by a plain clothes or a costumed interpreter. 

Depending on vehicle size, groups may be driven up and dropped off directly at the Fort. Bus or other vehicle drivers will have discretion about making the drive and turn-around at the Fort.

There is no charge for groups, but there is a suggested donation of $4.00 per adult and $2.00 per child.

Amenities such as shelters and picnic tables are first come first serve. Public restrooms and drinking fountains are at the Interpretive Center only. 

To Schedule a Group Tour

Contact us by phone at 815.858.2028 or by email at to schedule your group tour. Please have the following information ready:

  • Date and time of tour
  • Organization name and address
  • Name, phone number, and email of contact person
  • Number of people in group (adults and children, and grade if applicable)
  • Special requests or accommodations

Please also let us know if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Touring the Interpretive Center
  • Viewing the Interpretive Film
  • Touring the Fort (self guided)
  • Touring the Fort (with a tour guide, please specify if you want a costumed interpreter)

We are looking forward to your visit!