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Address: 754 1st Street, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536 (Formerly Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat)
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+1 815-220-1848
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07:00 - 17:30
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Sun 08:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The I&M Canal Boat experience includes a one-hour ride on an 1848...

The I&M Canal Boat experience includes a one-hour ride on an 1848 replica canal boat on the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Mule-Tending 101. Open late April through October. Period-clothed guides and crew entertain you with stories of the historic I&M Canal. Specialized group tours are available!

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The canal boat was worth the trip.

Had a nice breakfast went for a boat ride. all good,The story told about the canal was quite interesting . Watching the mules pull the boat brought us back to the old days.

Reviewed 22 January 2017
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Mokena, Illinois
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Mokena, Illinois
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78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Had a nice breakfast went for a boat ride. all good,The story told about the canal was quite interesting . Watching the mules pull the boat brought us back to the old days.

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38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

A cute little place for a lunch get together with a friend. Service was fast and friendly. The food is good. Depending on what you order, prices are reasonable. The Lock is located directly behind this cafe and gift shop. Lock 16 is a nice place to visit. There is a mule demonstration on how the barges were pulled through... More 

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Newark, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 7 November 2016

We had a great time and definetly will go again. The only compliant was the parking. You can park at the boat, but they don't tell you that and we parked up the hill like the directions said and didn't feel safe.

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Management response:

We're glad you had a great time and will definitely return to visit us. Our 2017 boat season begins in May and runs through October. We currently are taking reservations now for group tours, school field trips, reunions and individual bookings! Our boat schedule is available online at lasallecanalboat.org. When you're ready to return, you can call 815-220-1848 for reservations.... More 

Darien, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Saw the sign on the highway for canal boat in LaSalle as we were headed to Starved Rock. We decided to go to LaSalle and make a day of it. Had pie at the Lock 16 visitor center, and it was so delicious we ordered two pies to go- they actually baked them while we were on canal boat! We... More 

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Management response:

Thank you for the kind words! We sure are proud of our "Delightful Hidden Gem" and we are happy that you had a great experience while you visited LaSalle County. There are so many wonderful shops and places to visit here and we hope that you return soon. Be sure to stop back at Lock 16 to try the food... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Relaxed while listening to the guide tell the history of the I & M canal and boat..No loud motors on this boat. You can read about this adventure but this one you must experience yourself. My granddaughter enjoyed being on the boat and petting the mule. Lots of pictures for my granddaughter (age 6) to look back on when she... More 

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Thank Kathleen B
Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to review The LaSalle Canal Boat. We are happy that we've created family memories for you and your granddaughter. Moe and Joe, our beloved canal boat mules, are often the star attractions of our operation and they even seem to have a "celebrity status" in these parts! We hope you return again next year... More 

Pekin, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Guide was very knowledgeable about history of canal. Good sense of humor. One know it all passenger made the trip complete.

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Management response:

Thank you for the review! You may have noticed that our staff is very passionate about sharing the history of the I&M Canal. There are so many stories of the I&M Canal and our guides do their very best to keep the experience exciting and memorable. We hope that you will continue to learn more about the Nation's FIRST National... More 

Clarendon Hills, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Friendly, informative and relaxing! They did a great job of circulating 63 people around the boat. The guides respect the historical significance of the area.

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Thank luju101
Management response:

Thanks! A tour on the "Volunteer" is definitely relaxing! The boat drifts slowly down the historic I&M Canal as either Moe or Joe, our beloved canal boat mules, pull the boat along the tow path. We take pride in being factual about the history and staying true to the lives of those people tied to the I&M Canal. The 2017... More 

Willowbrook
1 review
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The experience was wonderful. The captain and the crew were very knowledgeable and kept everyone entertained. Would definitely go back again and bring my family.

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Thank bobbi920
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Our staff is very enthusiastic about our mission to preserve history, protect nature and open space, and create destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area from Chicago to LaSalle-Peru. Thank you for letting us know that our staff did a great job! We will be sure to pass your comments on to... More 

Salt Springs, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We enjoyed our boat ride on the canal. The mule ran away during the preparation so our ride was postponed half an hour. The boat was bought out by a tour bus except for us so it was a bit awkward. The ladies were not friendly and we were very crowded. I suggest that you tell people if a tour... More 

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Thank JoyceW56
Management response:

Thank you for your feedback and suggestions on TripAdvisor. First, we must apologize that you felt crowded on your LaSalle Canal Boat Tour. Our boat has a 70-passenger capacity, and since there was a large group tour riding at the same time, we could see why your group of 2 guests would feel a bit overwhelmed. We could have rescheduled... More 

Oglesby
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to stop in for a delicious cup of coffee and a sweet treat. They have a large selection of different types of coffee drinks and teas. There is free wifi. The gift shop is amazing with a wide variety of gift items and wine.

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Thank Marge Z
Management response:

Thanks Marge! Such kind words are appreciated! Our Cafe does have delicious coffee and a great selection of fresh baked sweets and treats. Our gourmet tea selection allows folks to try something new. Some of the favorite tea flavors are Ginger Peach, Caramel Apple, Blackberry Sage and Good Hope Vanilla! We even offer some caffeine free teas! We recently added... More 

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