The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area is the first of its kind: a national park of communities, not federal land. Based around the I&M Canal, which connected the Illinois River to Lake Michigan creating an all-water, inland route from the East Coast to the Gulf of Mexico, our National Heritage Area is made up of 60 cities and towns, from Chicago to LaSalle-Peru, who owe their growth to the canal.

Come Enjoy This Unique National Park

*NEW* Join up as a CANAL BOAT KID! The first boat ride every day is now kid-focused, offering unique opportunities to explore the boat and engage with history >

See which of our Bike Share Program bike stations are open for the 2024 season >

Become an I&M Canal JUNIOR RANGER. Have fun and learn about our National Heritage Area. Find locations and dates for our next Jr. Ranger Day >

Plan a fun, reasonably priced outing or field trip on our 1840s-replica Canal Boat for your company, organization, school, etc. Contact our GROUP TOUR Specialist today for details >