I&M Canal Mule Pulled Boat Tour
Take a journey back in time aboard “The Volunteer”
I&M Canal State Trail- Lock 14 Access, LaSalle, IL
Picture it: 1848 Illinois. Prairie covers the state. Overland transportation is slow and treacherous. And only a few small communities exist, including a small port town on Lake Michigan called Chicago. Then the I&M Canal opens, and everything changes…
Relive the fateful turning point in our history that led to a new era of transportation and the growth of our region by taking a trip on The Volunteer, our Canal Boat. This vessel is not only a replica of those from the 1840s. It also runs on the same energy source: mule power! This 1-hour experience is perfect for family fun, history buffs, nature lovers, and groups.
Tours Days: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and most Wednesdays (May-October)
Tour Times: 11:30 AM, 1 PM, and 2:30 PM
Children (4-16): $9
Children (3 and under): Free
Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Kids): $49
- I&M Canal Keychain $4.95
- Passage to Chicago: Traveling the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1860 $18.95
- I&M Canal Boat Logo Drawstring Back Pack $3.99
- Walk or Ride the Canal Drawstring Back pack $3.99
Accessibility? The LaSalle Canal Boat is cane, walker and wheel-chair accessible, but cannot accommodate motorized scooters.
Weather? There is a lower, covered area on the boat so the tour operates in most weather. Rarely, we will delay, reschedule the tour, or refund the ticket price if a tour is cancelled due to bad weather. For cancellations, the customer will have the choice to reschedule or receive a refund.
Bathrooms? We recommend the clean and comfortable facilities at our Visitor Center BEFORE you go to the boat. There are also a few porta-potties near Lock 14.
Pets? Unfortunately, we do not allow pets aboard the boat.
Food and Beverage? You can purchase snacks and drink items at our Café. On the boat, your own water is allowed or you can bring food and beverages purchased at our café, Lock 16.
Other things to do nearby? Stop at the Lock 16 Visitor Center for information or you can go online to enjoylasallecounty.com. LaSalle County has a lot of great attractions nearby, including Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks, the Hegeler Carus Mansion, Westclox Museum, Reddick Mansion, Weber House and Gardens and a variety of great shopping, antique shops, distilleries, breweries, wineries, and specialty shops.
Default Cancellation Policy
Boat Tours Cancellation Policy. **We require 24 hours cancellation notice prior to your scheduled boat ride for a full refund.** A cancellation less than 24 hours before your scheduled boat ride you will receive a voucher to take a boat ride at later date. If we cancel due to weather you will receive a full refund.
**Canal Corridor Association**