Mules, Marigolds, and Mimosas

Pair the I&M Canal Boat Tour with a visit to another local treasure, the gorgeous Weber Gardens! Enjoy a relaxing and educational ride on the I&M Canal, then kick back with mimosas at the Boat Captain’s Lunch, courtesy of the Lock 16 Cafe. Next, venture to the whimsical world of Ted Weber, his Storybook-style house, and over two acres of stunning English gardens, complete with fountains, statues, and other ornamental features. This fun-filled day trip is the perfect way to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine!

To book your group, call us at (815) 220-1848 or email us at lock16@iandmcanal.org!

  • 4 hours
  • $62 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking
Now & Then Tour
Mule Pulled Boat Rides

Compare water travel in 1848 with the I&M Canal Boat tour described above and a trip to see the Starved Rock locks along the Illinois Waterway which accommodate the barges of today. A guide will join you on your 15-minute trip between the two sites. The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center offers a look at 20th and 21st century water travel and is a great place to view Starved Rock without all the traffic. Meal options are the same as above.

To book your group, call us at (815) 220-1848 or email us at lock16@iandmcanal.org!

  • 4 hours
  • $44 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking
Captain's I&M Canal Tour

Step back into 1848 with our period-clothed “salty” boat crew and two friendly mules guiding you along the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal for an hour-long ride from Lock 14 to the Little Vermillion Aqueduct.

After all that fresh air and scenic beauty, enjoy the hearty Boat Captain’s Lunch prepared by the Lock 16 Café in the Vintage Room at the I&M Canal Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is housed in an historic building and features additional information about the I&M Canal and a gift shop. In addition, historic downtown LaSalle is right outside the door. The boat and facility are accessible to all. Vegetarian and Gluten-free meals available.

To book your group, call us at (815) 220-1848 ext. 1848 or email us at lock16@iandmcanal.org!

  • 2.5 hours
  • $42 per person
  • Available May-Oct.
  • Suitable for 20 to 70 guests
  • Moderate walking