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Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center and I & M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides will be opening soon! 

Meanwhile, you can support the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area and our 1848 Canal Garden by visiting our Merchandise tab. Curbside pick up or Shipping is available. We have a variety of garden themed items that will help you celebrate Spring and stave off Cabin Fever. You can give a gift card for a Boat ride, Afternoon Tea, Coffee, Lunch & Gifts at Lock 16. 

Need a gift and don't see it on our site? Call Bobbie at (815)220-1848 ext 1848 and we can set up a virtual shopping trip via video or text message. 




754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
United States


8152201848 ext 1848 (Office)

I & M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides

I & M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides

In 1848, Illinois was a very different place! Prairies covered much of the state, settlers used wagons, stagecoaches & boats for transportation and to ship goods, and LaSalle, IL was bigger than Chicago!

Visit the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area & take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the Illinois & Michigan Canal.

Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as our period dressed guides introduce the passengers to their intrepid canal mules, Moe & Larry. The tour guide regales everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hand, mule tender & boat captain guide the boat one mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back. Mary Todd Lincoln has been known to ride the boat, knitting in the corner and telling fantastic stories of her time in the Nation’s capital with Mr. Lincoln.

Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past!  Tours run May through October throughout the week. 

After your ride, be sure to check out downtown LaSalle’s shops, restaurants, antiques and the beautiful Hegeler Carus Mansion. Visit the I&M Canal Visitor Center, located inside the Lock 16 Cafe, which serves breakfast & lunch all day, everyday! Brides-to-be should stop by Marien Mae’s bridal, a beautifully restored environment with gorgeous dresses. Be sure to check out the vintage market Canal Cargo, across the street from Lock 16!

General Admission

  • Adults: $18.00
  • Seniors (65 & over): $15.00
  • Children (4-15): $8.00
  • Children under 3: Free
  • Family Pack (2 Adults & 2 Children): $44.00

For more information about group rates, school field trips & special boat rides call (815)220-1848 ext 1848


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**