Canal Boat Rides - Take A Journey Back To The 1800s

Your journey includes: a “Mule Tending 101” class in which you’ll meet Moe the Mule, interact with crew of period dressed guides, hear tales of the canal’s heyday and enjoy a 60-90 minute boat ride. 

Catch the boat at I&M Canal State Trail – Lock 14 Access, LaSalle IL. It’s near our I&M Canal Visitor Center and Lock 16 Café and Gift Shop (754 First Street), so pop in if you have questions, want to buy tickets in person, need to use the restrooms before you embark or are looking for a tasty bite or beverage.

The boat runs from late May through October and is accessible to those who use manually-powered mobility aids, such as walkers, crutches, canes and non-motorized wheelchairs. Ticket purchases are available all year long–making this a lovely gift you can purchase or get-together you can plan any time of year.

Admission Prices

Adults - $24
Seniors (62 & over) - $19
Children (4-16) - $10
Children under 3 – Free
Family Pack (2 Adults & 2 Children) - $59

Picture it: 1848 Illinois. Prairie covers the state. Overland transportation is slow and treacherous. And only a few small communities exist, including a small port town on Lake Michigan called Chicago. Then the I&M Canal opens, and everything changes…

Relive the fateful turning point in our history that led to a new era of transportation and the growth of our region by taking a trip on The Volunteer, our Canal Boat. This vessel is not only a replica of those from the 1840s. It also runs on the same energy source: mule power!

Start with “Mule Tending 101” in which you’ll learn what it’s like to care for a mule and get to meet our star: Moe the Mule
Be regaled with tales of the canal and interact with our period-dressed guide, deck hand, mule tender and boat captain
Enjoy a short, scenic trip as you cruise one mile up the canal and then back

All Aboard - Book Your Group Trip

Our trip on the canal is a lovely, enriching outing that’s perfect for groups, including senior centers, travel clubs, work teams, and more. We can even host private tours. For details and group rates, call (815) 220-1848 or click the link below.

Host Your Event On Our Canal Boat

Cruise down the canal while celebrating special occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, get togethers, social club events, fundraisers and more! Get more details by calling (815) 220-1848 or clicking the link below.