ATTENTION! CHANGES TO OPERATING HOURS--

Due to staffing shortages, the Fort is only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9am to 5 pm.

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.



     Regardless of your vaccination status:

  • Masks are strongly recommended while inside the Interpretive Center and outside on site grounds. 
  • Social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet) is strongly recommended while inside the Interpretive Center and outside on site grounds.
  • 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.


This is in accordance with guidelines set by the IDPH and CDC. For more information, please click here.



To help keep visitors safe, staff will continue to regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces,

as well as wear a mask during all interactions with the public.



Updated as of March 5, 2022.