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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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Great tour in our own backyard

This was a very worthwhile tour which brought to light the little known history of our own state... read more

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Reviewed yesterday
Randall P
Informative and Relaxing

A very informative and relaxing trip back in time on the I & M Canal - and right in our own back... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Burr Ridge, 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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754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
+1 815-220-1848
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a very worthwhile tour which brought to light the little known history of our own state. The tour guide and other personnel gave a very interesting commentary about the development, relative short usefulness, and eventual demise of the canal systems in the country...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very informative and relaxing trip back in time on the I & M Canal - and right in our own back yard. Staff was friendly and so knowledgeable. If you go make sure you give yourself enough time to also have breakfast or lunch...More

Thank sherry19582017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was there early enough to read the signs on the silhouettes that appeared to be waiting for the packet boat-which included Abe, Mrs. Lincoln, and 2 of their sons--most interesting! Took pictures of the original lock and its operation as well-this and its companion lock...More

Thank gypsykitten
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my daughter enjoyed the boat ride. It was really nice to hear about the history of the canal. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were four senior women with one in a wheel chair. The staff went out of their way to help us get on an off the boat. Kudos to them for their kindness. It was a wonderful tour and the narrator was knowledgeable and informative....More

Thank debra334
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very affordable field trip. I had 140 attendees. The silhouette tour was ok. The man read a lot off of the boards so it was a bit strange. If he brushes up on his presentation it will be much better. The boat...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice park area beside the canal boat. Wonderful, peaceful donkey drawn canal boat ride! Outstanding captain, crew and hostess. Ticket office has great eatery and shop! Can even go and pet the donkey! Definitely worth a couple of hours of a trip. We made it...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We needed something to occupy some time so we decided to go on the mule pulled canal boat ride. It was relaxing and historical all at once. Ride takes about and hour. Some mosquitos but not too bad. They offer a family ticket which was...More

Thank familyvaca4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful meal and enjoyed looking at all the cute stuff that they have at the Lock 16 Visitor Center. We took the mule pulled Canal Boat and had a great time.

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Thank Marilyn N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps my expectations were too high as I'm surprised by the good reviews. I found this ride to be a bit boring. The narrator was lovely and shared some nice history but there was nothing to really see during the ride.

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Kathy W
28 July 2016|
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