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Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat

754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
+1 815-220-1848
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Nice piece of history

If you enjoy history, you will enjoy this boat ride. Besides the ride, we got a small lecture about... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Peter B
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Des Plaines, Illinois
Historic

This is an interesting and historic ride to take. Not much shade. My advice is do this in one of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
William M
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Peru
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Take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Bring your camera, grab a snack and something to drink at the Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center, and climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as our period dressed guides introduce the passengers to their intrepid canal mules, Moe & Joe. The tour guide regales everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hands guide the boat a mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back. Mary Todd Lincoln has been known to ride the boat, knitting in the corner and telling fantastic stories of her time in the Nation’s capital with Mr. Lincoln. Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past!
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you enjoy history, you will enjoy this boat ride. Besides the ride, we got a small lecture about the history of the canal and the region. The ride goes 1 mile each way and lasts almost an hour. It lets you appreciate how far...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting and historic ride to take. Not much shade. My advice is do this in one of the cooler months or find a cool day to do it.

Thank William M
Reviewed 1 week ago

There isn't much to the boat ride itself, but the First Mate's 45 minute discourse about the origin, construction, operation and importance of the canal was well worth the price of admission.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe I had something else in mind, but it was boring and not worth the money. The history was somewhat interesting but you're literally inching down a canal with nothing to look at. One of the passengers asked the captain how long the boat ride...More

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Thank Z3120BCmariem
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed the canal ride very much. We started on a bleacher area and the mule driver talked about the specific mules that they use and other interesting facts about the use of the mules. Once the boat was underway, the captain...More

Thank Melaney R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nine years ago our group of 40+ adults were thrilled with the very excellent docent and enthused about the whole experience. Unfortunately we can't say the same about our most recent visit. The docent had some interesting historical info but only a few were able...More

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IMCNHA, Public Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are sorry that you were not pleased about your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat. The sound system on the boat was recently sent out to be fix, which is why the guide was not using his microphone. I am also sorry that he...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We talked with the man in the cafe and he was a wonderful historian prior to the canal ride. On the trip, it would have been nice to have a wireless mike on the boat so you could hear the narrator betterMore

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IMCNHA, Public Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat. We are sorry that the microphone was not working on the boat that day and we are working to get the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the cruise and learned a lot about the history of the area. Joe-Joe did an excellent job with no complaints.More

Thank Arlene H
IMCNHA, Public Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know that our staff did a great job!We are very enthusiastic about our mission to preserve history, protect nature and open space, and create destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This boat ride was very informative. I enjoy history and this was how some people traveled in the early days.More

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IMCNHA, Public Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are pleased that you enjoyed your time aboard the Volunteer, the I&M Canal Boat. Our staff is very enthusiastic about our mission to preserve history, protect nature and open space, and create destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would like to say a special thanks to our speaker during our tour on July 18 1100am. She was very knowledgeable and delightful and enjoyed answering any question. I plan on coming back in the fall to see the Autumn colorsMore

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IMCNHA, Public Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our staff is very enthusiastic about our mission to preserve history, protect nature and open space, and create destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area. Thank you for letting us know that our staff did a great...More

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Kathy W
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Response from michael r | Reviewed this property |
The Visitor Center is on city streets and it would be hard to park there BUT the locks themselves are south of the downtown and have a lot of room for RVs etc. The canal boat itself is wonderful and has handicapped access... More
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