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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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Enjoyable, low key tour; excellent lunch and shopping afterwards in LaSalle

The canal boat ride was pleasant and not too long (so you can easily work other plans into your... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
vabvive
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Naperville, Illinois
short but enjoyable

Given an hour but our trip was actually about 45 minutes. Gives you a taste of a trip by 19th... read more

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Reviewed 5 days ago
H3252UBdaniels
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Moline, Illinois
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The canal boat ride was pleasant and not too long (so you can easily work other plans into your day). The boat was clean and comfortable with seating available in a cabin with shade as well as roof top. The tour guide, mule handler, captain,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Given an hour but our trip was actually about 45 minutes. Gives you a taste of a trip by 19th century canal boat. The guide and crew were informative and friendly. Answered all questions. Very informal outing and not glitzy by any stretch but you...More

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

We are happy that you enjoyed your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat, and learned about an important part of US & Chicago history. The canal boat usually goes about 1.7 miles down the canal, which makes the trip longer, but due to repairs on...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been to the Starved Rock area many times, but had not taken this little tour. We went on an uncrowded weekday, and enjoyed the nice hot weather and the narrated trip. Due to the condition of the canal itself, the distance is limited,...More

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

We are happy that you enjoyed your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat & the visit to our Visitor Center. As you have mentioned, the distance that the boat can go on the canal is limited. The canal boat usually goes about 1.7 miles down...More

Reviewed 1 week 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
IMCNHA, Guest Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are happy that you enjoyed your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat & the visit to our Visitor Center. We hope that you join us on the I&M Canal boat again, either for our haunted boat tour in October or sometime next boat season.

Reviewed 2 weeks 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.More

Thank William M
IMCNHA, Guest Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days 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. The I&M Canal boat is open until October 30th. We hope that you will come back to join us during fall...More

Reviewed 2 weeks 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.More

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

We are happy that you enjoyed your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat & the visit to our Visitor Center. We are happy that you enjoyed learning about the importance that the canal had on the United States & Chicago. We hope that you join...More

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

We are sorry that you were not pleased about your time aboard the I&M Canal Boat. The canal boat usually goes about 1.7 miles down the canal, but due to repairs on the I&M Canal & the aqueduct the boat trip is shorter. We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks 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

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IMCNHA, Guest Relations Manager at Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days 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 also happy that you enjoyed visiting our signage & silhouettes that feature the history of the I&M Canal National...More

Reviewed 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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

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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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