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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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A Fun &Informative Hour

The wife and I travelled to this location for the two o’clock performance on Lincoln Day. Ensure... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
MVS09
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Chicago
Intetesting

Interesting trip with a good viewpoint on history. My favorite was the mules. They are great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MJM_62_DP
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Chicago, 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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The wife and I travelled to this location for the two o’clock performance on Lincoln Day. Ensure you use the restrooms in the visitor center when you pick up your tickets because there is only porta-johns at the site. Arriving early is suggested because parking...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting trip with a good viewpoint on history. My favorite was the mules. They are great. Guides were also well informed.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was so much more interesting than we thought it would be and mainly due to the guide, Mary Lincoln. So much history on this canal and so relaxing with the mule steadily pulling the tow rope.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of 14 really enjoyed our informative trip.The woman playing Mrs. Lincoln was very informative and taught us many things we had never known of before. It was very well worth the investment. Our group ranged in age from 10 to 76, and everyone...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had some extra time on our trip and this tour looked intriguing. Moe, the mule, was well groomed and taken care of before being hooked up to the boat. Our guide, Matt, was very informative and took time to answer any questions we had....More

Thank passionfortravel0920
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ride was very pleasant and informational. Great to get a real feeling for history. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. She even gave me a tip on finding my ancestor's history! I took my 84 year old mother and she did just fine...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and i enjoyed the canal boat ride. It was only an hour long, but the people working on the boat were very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable about the canal and the mules. We learned alot about the history of the canal.

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Thank LFRANKO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful day and very helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable tour personnel. Moe was very friendly and let the children pet, treat and photograph him.

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Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was organized and well run. We enjoyed the staff in their vintage outfits to add to the very informative narration about the I & M canal history.

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Thank marbear20172017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the mule-pulled canal boat ride and just adored it! The ride was smooth and the perfect way to take in the pretty scenery, and I loved all of the history! Moe the mule was adorable, too! A great way to spend the day!

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jkbjrb
21 October 2017|
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Response from MVS09 | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any the time we were on the boat. Give the visitor center a call.
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Kathy W
29 July 2016|
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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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