A trip back in time. What an interesting trip back to a slower time (1848). The canal boat pulled by a mule and the boat crew dressed in period costume along with the narrator (Mary Todd Lincoln) really made the whole trip come alive! A great way to spend an afternoon. The actual visitor center, 2 blocks away, was really a trip in itself, most interesting and describes other attractions in and around LaSalle County.



If you’re ever out for a weekend ride in the area of North Central Illinois, do yourself and the kids a favor and visit LaSalle, Illinois, and the LaSalle Canal Boat ride, where you can ‘step back in history’!? You’ll have a chance to ride in a mule-drawn canal boat and hear the history of Illinois pioneer days and the Illinois-Michigan Canal: A 96-mile long canal running from Chicago to LaSalle, which was dug by hand by Irish Immigrants in 1839.

-Dan H.


We had a bridal shower for my daughter-in-law at Lock 16 two years ago, and it was fabulous. Everyone raved about the charming atmosphere and the fabulous food – especially the Asian chicken wraps. The minute I found out I was expecting a grandchild, I couldn’t wait to start planning the shower and insisted there is no place else to have the shower but at Lock 16.

-Sherry F.


Thank you all so much for making my 50th birthday party such a memorable, wonderful, beautiful occasion. I feel so honored and blessed to have enjoyed the company of so many people from so many parts of my life gathered together in your wonderful café/visitor center in my honor. Thank you again!

-Julia M.


Our group visited several sites in LaSalle County a few weeks ago. We appreciated the canal boat experience – all aspects – from the Lock 16 Visitor Center and Café to the interpretive guides and boat staff, not to mention the perfect weather, which topped it off. Many thanks!

-Wendy M.


We had a group of 44 adults, most of whom knew very little about history in general and almost nothing about the interesting background and reasons for the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The guide was very knowledgeable and creative. Her presentation, as we slowly moved along the canal, was extremely well done. She knew her stuff and had great ‘people skills.’ I’d recommend the trip to anyone and may actually make the effort to bring friends for the experience, even though I live 150 miles away from LaSalle.

-Tom W.


On Sunday my wife and I drove to LaSalle to visit the Canal Corridor Association and ride on the canal boat. The experience was wonderful and surpassed all of our expectations. Your shop is well designed and very comfortable. It was a perfect place to enjoy a snack after the ride. The pie was delicious, my compliments to the chef. The gift shop was merchandised by pros. The selection was varied and appealed to anybody entering the shop. But the high point of our day was the ride on the canal boat. The staff that accompanied us was entertaining as well as informative. He gave us a glimpse of life along the canal both during construction as well as life on the boat.

My compliments to you and your staff for making our experience exceptional. Your team’s hard work and planning to attend to the smallest detail was evident and appreciated.

-Tom D.