A school field trip to the I&M Canal Boat and Lock 16 Center is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about a host of themes: U.S. transportation, westward expansion, technological innovation, immigration, urbanization and more. Tours cover a variety of social science and history topics that meet the Illinois State Board of Education’s Learning Standards.

Walking distance from the boat, the Lock 16 Center offers special I&M Canal exhibits and programs, as well as a café and canal-themed gift shop.

The Lock 16 Center and I&M Canal Boat are conveniently located at the junction of I-80 and I-39, just off U.S. Route 6, and only 10 minutes west of Starved Rock State Park.  Make your reservation today by calling (815)220-1848 or email [email protected]

The Lock 16 Center and I&M Canal Boat offer one-of-a-kind experiences – and fun – to make your next field trip one your students won’t soon forget!

Each I&M Canal Boat Tour is an hour long, beginning with a 15-minute Mule Tending 101 Class, where students will learn be introduced to our intrepid canal mule, Moe. From there, the students will enjoy a narrated ride on the LaSalle Canal Boat with crew dressed in period clothing and a guide.

For more information or to book your field trip call (815)220-1848 or email [email protected]