What To Do In The I&M Canal National Heritage Area In April


Bike the Canal!

I&M Canal Bike Share Opens April 1

Tired of hauling a heavy bike to a far-flung destination? Then get ready to break out of the house and hit the scenic trails of the Illinois & Michigan Canal using the I&M Canal Bike Share! Starting Thursday, April 1, rent a bike on the spot and begin your I&M Canal adventure at LaSalle, Morris, Channahon, Lockport, or Midewin for just $5/hr. Explore them all as each section of the trail has its own unique stories, scenery, canal structures, and historic sites.

Earlybird Promotion I&M Canal Bike Share Ends April 1
Sign up early to receive $1 off rentals through June 2021!
To sign up, get the Movatic app now! In the app, find the menu and go to Memberships. Search for “canal” and add the free I&M Canal Bike Share Membership (password: 1848) to receive the promotion.


Explore the Exhibits!

Where do you begin your I&M Canal National Heritage Area adventures? Look no further than the I&M Canal Visitor Center, which will open to welcome you on Thursday, April 1.

The visitor center features new interpretive exhibits, information on the exciting attractions and businesses of the IMNCHA, as well as I&M Canal merchandise and gifts. Need a spacious place to gather a small group of family and friends? The visitor center also features a vintage room for small event rentals.

I&M Canal Visitor Center Opens April 1


Stamp Your Passport! (with the IMCNHA Passport Program)

Now it is officially Spring and the sun and warmth beckon. Open those doors! Get out! Explore! But where could you explore?

Dust off your passport! Search for an exciting new place, then get out and enjoy the I&M Canal National Heritage Area! We are resuming the Passport Program through August 23, 2021. We challenge you to collect stamps in your passport at the following participating sites open this April!:

Passport Sites Open:
Canal Origins Park/Boathouse | M-F 9-5
St. James of the Sag Church | W-F 9-3
Downtown Lemont/Inn at Smokey Row | M-F 11-8, Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5
Isle a la Cache Museum | T-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4
Gaylord Building | T-F 9-5, Sat 12-5
Will County Historical Museum & Research Center | W-Sun 12-4
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center | T-Sat 10-4, Sun 12-4
Grundy County Historical Museum | Th-Sat 10-3
Downtown Morris/Morris Chop Shop | W 4-8, Th-F 4-9, Sat 12-9, Sun 3-8
Ottawa Visitor Center | M-F 9-5, Sat 10-3
Reddick Mansion | F-M, 11-1
Hegeler Carus Mansion | W-Sat
I&M Canal Visitor Center/Downtown LaSalle | F-T 9-3
Westclox Museum | M,W,F, Sat, 10-2

Passport Sites with Stamps by Appointment:
Little Red Schoolhouse
Carbon Hill School Museum
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

With more opening soon!

Pick up your new passport at the above locations or contact us at imcnha@iandmcanal.org. Passports list 35 sites key to the stories of the IMCNHA. Each site lists an easy address to locate the stamp. Have fun and explore!