LaSalle Illinois is the western terminus of the I&M Canal – start your journey here

Just 10 minutes from Starved Rock


  • Discover the I&M Canal’s role in our American History through our stunning exhibits and free brochures
  • Stamp your National Park passport 
  • Plan your exploration of the first national heritage area with the assistance of the map table and our brochure wall
  • Browse our book rack for books and DVDs for in-depth discovery of the last 400 years of our part of the world including stories of the French, Starved Rock and the industrial history of LaSalle County


Buy your I&M Canal Boat tickets here or Boat rides available May – October, check schedule HERE

Rent a bike to ride the I&M Canal State Trail east along the canal (Bikes available April 1 – November 30, download app HERE)


The I&M Canal Visitor Center, the Vintage Room and the I&M Canal Boat are available for private parties.

Gift Shop Page

The Lock 16 Gift Shop inside the I&M Canal Visitor Center offers

  • souvenirs of your I&M Canal journey
  • Illinois made products
  • Snack food
  • unique cards and gifts